Tuesday 20 August 2019

Google employee saves 90pc of his salary by living in truck in office car park

A 16 foot 2006 Ford truck like the one Brandon calls home
(stock image)
A 16 foot 2006 Ford truck like the one Brandon calls home (stock image)

Sarah-Jane Murphy

An engineering graduate who landed a job at Google came up with a novel place to live, with rent so low that he can save 90pc of his monthly salary.

Brandon (23) left his hometown of Massachusetts and moved to San Francisco to take up his new position as a software engineer at Google.

Shunning the selection of expensive Bay Area rentals on the market, he instead opted to move into a 128-square foot truck which is parked on the periphery of Google's campus.

Brandon, who has withheld his surname for privacy reasons, interned at Google last summer and spent €2,000 a month on rent.

"I realised I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in, and I was almost never home,” he told Business Insider.

He began researching the purchase of a truck that would meet his living requirements, and bought a 16-foot 2006 Ford, with 157,000 miles on the clock.

Brandon's only monthly expenditure is truck insurance, which costs $121 (€110) a month.

He doesn’t use electricity, and his phone bill is covered by his employer

“I don’t actually own anything that needs to be plugged in,” he wrote on his blog.

"The space is sparse and minimal.

“The main things that I have are a bed, a dresser, and I built a coat rack to hang up my clothes.

"Besides that, and a few stuffed animals, there’s pretty much nothing in there," he said.

Another advantage to his current accommodation is that he only has a three minute commute on foot every morning.

But his living arrangement provides more than just financial freedom.

“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.

“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.

“It’s been five months so far, and I don’t see it stopping soon for any reason,” he said.

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