I live in an old school bus – it's so cheap, I get furniture from the side of the road and live off food vouchers | The Sun

WITH the rising mortgage rates putting many under a lot of financial stress, it appears that more and more people are thinking of alternative ways to cut the costs of living.

One woman, Ana Sage Bramson, has proved that life doesn’t always have to involve renting a home or getting a mortgage.

Instead, 23-year-old Ana and her twin sister Aurora, also known on TikTok as @thenomadic.twins, decided to live the nomad lifestyle.

A nomad is a person without fixed habitation, who regularly moves to and from areas.

The sisters have 171k followers and 2.1million likes on the video sharing platform and both live in school buses.

The pair are currently based in California and in one video, Ana showed off her home on wheels and revealed how she keeps her costs low.

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She uploaded the video with the caption ‘This is my bus! My sanctuary! People ask how I do it but honestly I can’t afford diesel and live off food stamps and love!!’. 

She said: “Hey! I’m Ana and I live in this school bus.

“My bus was $5000 [£4,423] and I’ve put virtually no money into the conversion.

“Almost everything in here, furnishing and décor wise I’ve got for free, off the side of the road, gifted or built from family and friends with scrap pieces. 

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“I’ve been living and travelling in this bus for almost a year now, but I’ve been living nomadically in different vehicles for the past four years.

“The sink actually isn’t functioning yet, but hopefully that will be a project I can afford to do soon.

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“There’s a lot of things that still need to be done in the bus but honestly, it’s been the perfect little home for me – it’s my safe space and sanctuary”.

Ana confirmed that to make money she does odd jobs – including dancing at clubs, vending crystals and jewellery and busking. 

Ana’s video has clearly impressed many, as it has quickly racked up 41.3k views.

It has 7,283 likes, 101 comments and 21 shares.


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TikTok users were grateful that Ana was realistic about her living situation and valued her honesty. 

One person said: “I love the realness of this, every time I see van videos they just seem too perfect” to which Ana replied “I totally agree! This life can be hard without a bunch of money but as can any life. People want to brainwash us into thinking you have to be rich to live”. 

Another added: “This is REAL bus living, not rich people's perfectly aesthetic bus”. 

A third commented: ”So cosy! Great work. I'm currently turning a 1990 motorhome into my full time home. it's a labour of love”. 

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Someone else noted: “I love this”. 

One user asked: “From all your live-in vehicles, which one is the most efficient? I love the space of the bus but does it get stuck?” to which Ana confirmed “I would recommend starting with a van to get a feel for the lifestyle! Then if you feel like you want more space move up to a bus!”

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