In recent Mustachian news, a Google engineer called Brandon received his 15 minutes of fame when he was found to be living inside a 16-foot 2006 Ford truck and lived in the Google parking lot for free.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you’d know that it’s common knowledge that Google pays its employees well and provides one of the healthiest, happiest and most productive work environments possible. Living in a truck was an option that Brandon subjected himself to.
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Brandon’s story in a nutshell
While Brandon was interning at Google last summer, he was living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month). Like most Googlers, Brandon spends very little time in his apartment for the exorbitant amount of rent he spends on the apartment.
Once he knew he was coming back to Google to work full-time, he started plotting for a solution as the rental situation in the Bay Area is very expensive. Inspired by the experience of Ben Discoe, a programmer who spent 13 months living out of a conversion van in the Google parking lot, Brandon bought a truck for $10,000 (which was easily paid for with his sign-on bonus) and ‘moved into’ the parking lot in Google.
Making full use of Google’s amenities
Brandon’s idea was that the only shelter he really needed was a place to sleep, and “company perks could provide the rest.” He eats all 3 meals at work and takes a shower every morning after working out in the corporate gym. He charges all his electronic equipment in the office and they last through the night so he never really needed a lot of electricity in his truck, if any.
By the way, Brandon’s never late for work since the office is just minutes away from his ‘home’.
Saving 90% of his income
As Brandon is able to avoid paying crazy rental fees and makes full use of Google’s amenities, he saves about 90% of his income and puts that money into paying off his student loan and building his investment portfolio. It also allows him to enjoy the San Francisco life better, dining in nicer restaurants with the money he would have spent on rent.
“If I do plan on traveling the world, I’ll need to be comfortable with unconventional living situations, and this is certainly a good place to start,” he writes in his blog. “Plus, there is never going to be a better time in my life for me to try this. I’m young, flexible, and I don’t have to worry about this decision affecting anyone else in my life.”