I quit my job as a teacher and now live on a bus – I don’t pay rent or electricity and earn cash from my side hustle | The Sun

WITH the cost-of-living crisis putting many people under a lot of financial stress, it seems as though more and more of us are looking for ways to cut costs where possible.

However, for one couple, paying rent or electricity bills is not something that they have to worry about.



One couple from the United States live in an old school bus and have been travelling on the road ever since. 

Lauren Gardenbelle, 27, from Maryland, United States, has amassed 1.2million followers and 24.3million likes on TikTok and regularly shares what it’s like living on the road to the video sharing platform.

Lauren has lived on her school bus for the past three years with her partner, whom she met on Tinder, their five dogs and their newborn baby boy, Inde Rhoades.

The bumper brood live and travel in a converted, solar-powered school bus full-time and Lauren makes money through her savvy side hustle.

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Lauren revealed that she earns cash through her thrifting account on Instagram, where she sells vintage and bohemian clothing found from her travels, in an attempt to make sustainable fashion more accessible.

She runs her ‘ethical hippie clothing shop’, Gardenbelle Shop, from her bus – which brings the family in some extra cash to pay for their lifestyle.

But the family’s life on the road comes pretty cheap, as Lauren revealed: “I don’t pay rent or electricity”. 

In one video, Lauren gave a quick insight into her life as she revealed how she went from being a full-time teacher to living in a bus full-time.

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She said: 22-year-old gets first classroom.

“24-year-old buys bus.

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“25-year-old quits job to travel.

“27-year-old is living”. 

Lauren also said: "Someone said how do you afford this: we live in our vehicle. With no electricity bill, rent bill, or other home ownership costs, we also own a shop".

Lauren’s video has clearly impressed many, as it has racked up 205.6k views. 

It has 39k likes, 176 comments and 191 shares.

TikTok users loved Lauren’s lifestyle and took to the comments to express this.

One person said: “Living my dream!” 

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Another added: “Oh my god I love”. 

A third commented: “Forever one of my favourite teachers and seeing you live your life truly to how you see fit inspires me so so much every video i see pop up!”




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