Listen Money Matters! A Personal Finance Show on How to Invest Simply, Crush Debt, Budget Like a Pro, Build Better Money Habits, and Productivity
About This Show
Andrew Fiebert, Thomas Frank and Listen Money Matters have been running laps around Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman and Jim Cramer’s Mad Money since 2013.
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How To Live In A Van (And Do What You Love)
6 days ago
Ever dreamed of living in a van down by the river? Our guests actually do. They’ll tell us how to live in a van and do what you love.
You hear about people who decide one day just to give up the 9-5 life most of us live to do something different, and today we speak to a couple who did just that.
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No Really, They Live in a Van
Our guests are Syd and Macky, both professional mountain bike racers. They bought a used van, made some modifications and hit the road in late 2014. Since then, they have traveled 30,000 miles all over the US to attend bike races and just to see the country.
That sounds romantic, and sometimes it is. But other times, it’s not. Driving around looking for a place to camp, the threat of an injury that could disrupt their training and racing. It has taken a lot of effort to be where they are now, and they love their life, but there are parts no one sees.
So, What’s the Big Secret?
Everyone wants to know the big secret that allows the couple to live this life. No big secret beyond determination, passion, and persistence. But there are a lot of small secrets, and that’s what they are with us to share.
For Syd and Macky, travel is their priority. They don’t have a lot of the comforts we have, but they aren’t interested in those things. They spend money on what is important to them. Neither are location dependent for income. They make money by racing, sponsorship, and freelancing, all of which they can do from anywhere.
They use travel rewards credit cards to pay for airline tickets. If you know which cards to have and how to churn the system, you can virtually fly for free.
It’s Not About the Van
When you see the van on the site, it’s not like one of those twee tiny homes. It’s a utility van, and most of the inside is taken up with biking equipment. The van allows the couple to live the kind of life they want, full of travel, pursuing careers that they love, and being free of the financial worries that come with more traditional choices.
Write it Off
Remember the episode we did with Natali Morris about making your family into a business so you could write off a lot of e