From Living In a Van, To Living In a Car, To Living In a Tesla

If you’re not familiar with TikTok, it’s a video-sharing app that allows users to create and share 15-second videos on any topic. TikTok creators earn 2¢ to 4¢ for every 1,000 views they receive. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you can partner with the right brand, you can literally make millions. While TikToker Billie Webb is anything but a millionaire, she manages to bring in a respectable $4,000 a month. Two years ago, in an effort to clear her slate of all debt, she bought a 1990 Chevy G20 van and a $20-a-month Planet Fitness membership so she could shower regularly and joined the van-life movement. It wasn't long before she began seeing her debt plummet. She paid off her credit card and $10,000 worth of student loans by avoiding having to pay rent while living in her van. Then gas prices soared and van life was no longer affordable. She raffled off her van and bought a Mazda, which she is currently living in. Living in a car is much more difficult because of lack of space and other features that the van offered, especially being without a way to control the temperature. Still, Webb hopes her difficulties will be over when her Tesla Model 3 arrives next month. The Tesla’s “camp mode” allows the car to regulate its temperature and airflow overnight, making it more comfortable than living in the Mazda. Obviously, the electricity bill will be lower than buying gas, and the temperature problems will be solved. Only in California can you be considered “homeless” while earning $4,000 a month and buying a $50,000 car.