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Couple survive on less than £10 a day and save £1,000 a month after ditching pricey flat to live in renovated minibus

A YOUNG couple are saving £1,000 a month by ditching a pricey flat to live off-grid in a minibus.

Leanne Bovey, 23, and Will Smith, 22, blew their £4,000 savings creating the cosy home on wheels.

Leanne and Will have saved thousands by trading their flat for a home on wheels
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Leanne and Will have saved thousands by trading their flat for a home on wheelsCredit: All Rights Reserved

The graduates quit their full-time jobs, moved out of their £800 a month studio flat and now spend less than £10 a day on fuel and food.

They have also travelled across the UK and Europe even while the rest of us have been stuck in lockdown.

The couple, from Torquay, Devon, renovated the former minibus themselves after watching tutorials online.

Will said: “One big bulk payment of buying a van and doing it up rather than paying for things like water and electricity every month has saved us an arm and a leg.

The couple transformed the old minibus into a cosy home on wheels
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The couple transformed the old minibus into a cosy home on wheelsCredit: Mercury Press

“Sometimes it’s stressful finding places to park and the water can get low so we need to find a public tap.

“We’re also not able to shower unless we find a public shower or a lake."

“Our friends are quite jealous of us, especially at the moment while we’ve managed to keep going during the coronavirus."

The bus is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen
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The bus is equipped with a fully functioning kitchenCredit: All Rights Reserved

The young couple plan to continue their cheap and minimalist van lifestyle for as long as possible, and haven’t put a cap on when their journey will end.

Artist Leanne added: “Our European van insurance runs out this time next year and if we can afford to renew it we’d love to.

“If we can build a comfortable home in a van, I think anyone can.”

The pair spent nearly £4,000 of their savings to create their home
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The pair spent nearly £4,000 of their savings to create their homeCredit: All Rights Reserved
They renovated the entire interior of the bus, ripping out the original seating
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They renovated the entire interior of the bus, ripping out the original seatingCredit: Mercury Press
The bus is fitted with solar panels to generate electricity
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The bus is fitted with solar panels to generate electricityCredit: All Rights Reserved
The couple say that they have no plan on coming home just yet
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The couple say that they have no plan on coming home just yetCredit: Mercury Press
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