I live in a bus with my man and pets – the petrol’s cheaper than our old rent and I made everything myself, even the loo | The Sun

WITH the cost-of-living rising, it can seem that once we have paid for our rent or mortgage, our pockets are left feeling pretty empty.

But one couple didn’t want to let such huge costs get them down and so decided to buy and live in an old school bus instead. 

Known on TikTok as ‘buslifebotanicals’, Alyssa and her partner John have converted an old school bus together and have managed to keep their costs of living extremely low in the process. 

The couple regularly share an insight into their unique lifestyle on social media, where they have 20.2k followers and 215k likes on the video sharing platform.

The couple live in their bus with their two dogs and two cats and explained that they have been converting the bus as they go.

They have done everything themselves, including making their very own toilet.

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Alyssa said: “My name’s Alyssa, welcome to my 20-foot school bus home.

“We’re parked with family until we take off at the end of the month, and we’ve definitely been building as we go, but here’s what we got so far.

“When you first walk in there’s a little living area that also doubles as a guest bedroom and then there’s our little kitchen with a stove, a hammock and all of that.

“My fiancé John will show you the back of the bus, after the kitchen we have our little bathroom with our composting toilet and a shower will eventually be there.

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“Under the bed is all of our extra storage, cat litter boxes and that open space will be where our water tank will go. 

“We built this step to get up to the bed, mainly for our little animals – we have two dogs and two cats.

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“She’s not done yet, but she’s still our slice of heaven! 

“Living in a bus is doable for anyone, you don’t have to break the bank to live happily”.


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In another video, Alyssa revealed that for those debating whether to pursue bus life or not, they should definitely take the plunge and go ahead. 

She stated: “In case you needed a sign, don’t be scared, buy that bus”.

One person commented: “Got the bus, only thing I’m scared of is gas prices”, to which Alyssa replied “I feel that; it hurts at the gas station but then I remember.. it still doesn’t even come close to our old apartment’s rent”. 

TikTok users were very impressed with the couple’s home on wheels and took to the comments to express this.

One user said: “I love your house so much”. 

A second noted: “It's so cute. You did an awesome job”. 

A third stated: “Thank you for the tour! it's beautiful!” 

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Meanwhile, another user commented: “I love it apart from the cat litter boxes under ya bed” to which Alyssa replied “Hahahha gotta do whatcha gotta do!”. 

And another person questioned: “Ok my mom wants to do this, is it easy?” to which Alyssa said “Do it do it! I wouldn’t say it’s easy, before we started I didn’t know what a drill was! it’s a learning process for sure, a very doable one!”

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