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I'm going homeless on purpose, showing at gym just 2b debt free!

 
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I'm going homeless on purpose, showing at gym just 2b debt free!
See, I knew myself and I recognized my comfort zones. I realized that if I stayed in my apartment filled with pretty things, I’d never change my attitude. I thought of ways I could make myself as uncomfortable as possible and when I had pictured the absolute worst of the worst, I did it.

I hauled every single solitary thing I owned out on my front lawn and I sold it. I sold my furniture,my dishes, and even the half empty bottle of windex under the sink. When I had finished, all of my earthly possessions amounted to 2 boxes of clothing and 1 box of personal papers and mementos, both of which I stored in the truck of my car. Then, I sublet my apartment to someone else, dropped out of college for a semester, purchased a really cheap gym membership, and I went homeless.

I vowed to go homeless until every cent of my debt was paid. Besides, I figured the whole experience was going to be very glamorous. I pictured myself working all day and then coming home, sitting in my car, and writing a book of memoirs about my experience. In reality, being homeless fucking sucked and pretty soon the only thing that mattered in my life was un-homeless-ing myself.

The one good thing about being homeless is that you really have nothing to do but work. When your boss asks you to work a few extra hours, you don’t hem and haw because you’re dying to get home and hang out in your car. I actually ended up picking up a second job at the buffet across the street just to fill the time. I’d work my primary job from 7am-4:30pm, walk across the street to my second job and work from 5-midnight, and then offer to do the nightly cleaning and lock up later so that I wouldn’t finish until 2 in the morning or so. After that, I’d drive to the gym and sleep in my car until it opened. I’d go in and pretend to exercise for 5 minutes so I could shower and start the whole cycle over again. My only bill was the membership to the gym and a few dollars in gas a week. I didn’t even pay for food; I just ate for free at the buffet. Since I had previously pretended that the credit cards companies didn’t exist for four months, a lot of them let me ‘settle’ my debt for slightly less than I owed or at least cut me some slack on miscellaneous fees and interest.

After I paid off my credit cards, I paid off my car. Then, I opened up a savings account and put about $500 in there. My first post-homeless apartment was significantly smaller and less extravagant than my last. I didn’t have a single stick of furniture or any cool Jerry Garcia bear beads to decorate with, but I knew that there was no way in Hell I was going to get my electricity turned off again.

And that, my friends, was one of the best feelings in the world.
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Welcome aboard Bill.
"I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave." Diogenes

"Some have little power to do good, and have likewise little strength to resist evil" (Samuel Johnson).



"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse."--Don Juan
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See, I knew myself and I recognized my comfort zones. I realized that if I stayed in my apartment filled with pretty things, I’d never change my attitude. I thought of ways I could make myself as uncomfortable as possible and when I had pictured the absolute worst of the worst, I did it.

I hauled every single solitary thing I owned out on my front lawn and I sold it. I sold my furniture,my dishes, and even the half empty bottle of windex under the sink. When I had finished, all of my earthly possessions amounted to 2 boxes of clothing and 1 box of personal papers and mementos, both of which I stored in the truck of my car. Then, I sublet my apartment to someone else, dropped out of college for a semester, purchased a really cheap gym membership, and I went homeless.

I vowed to go homeless until every cent of my debt was paid. Besides, I figured the whole experience was going to be very glamorous. I pictured myself working all day and then coming home, sitting in my car, and writing a book of memoirs about my experience. In reality, being homeless fucking sucked and pretty soon the only thing that mattered in my life was un-homeless-ing myself.

The one good thing about being homeless is that you really have nothing to do but work. When your boss asks you to work a few extra hours, you don’t hem and haw because you’re dying to get home and hang out in your car. I actually ended up picking up a second job at the buffet across the street just to fill the time. I’d work my primary job from 7am-4:30pm, walk across the street to my second job and work from 5-midnight, and then offer to do the nightly cleaning and lock up later so that I wouldn’t finish until 2 in the morning or so. After that, I’d drive to the gym and sleep in my car until it opened. I’d go in and pretend to exercise for 5 minutes so I could shower and start the whole cycle over again. My only bill was the membership to the gym and a few dollars in gas a week. I didn’t even pay for food; I just ate for free at the buffet. Since I had previously pretended that the credit cards companies didn’t exist for four months, a lot of them let me ‘settle’ my debt for slightly less than I owed or at least cut me some slack on miscellaneous fees and interest.

After I paid off my credit cards, I paid off my car. Then, I opened up a savings account and put about $500 in there. My first post-homeless apartment was significantly smaller and less extravagant than my last. I didn’t have a single stick of furniture or any cool Jerry Garcia bear beads to decorate with, but I knew that there was no way in Hell I was going to get my electricity turned off again.

And that, my friends, was one of the best feelings in the world.
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food is the only thing i like most
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01/22/2010 10:47 AM
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i'm homeless- er living in my car mooching off wireless etc. It's not as fun as youd think- and yes i have a job, that doesnt pay squat. But i've gotten used to it now so its not all bad. Cept for having to use publick restrooms and pissing in a bottle when its the middle of the night and you're in a place where you cant take a leak outside for fear or some dude walking his dog at midnight thinking ur trying to expose yourself
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01/22/2010 10:51 AM
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wtf is this bullshit?
stop writing stories you dumb fuck...
nobody gives a shit about you, or your life, or your imaginative stories.
also, get off the internet at the library.
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01/22/2010 10:55 AM
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wtf is this bullshit?
stop writing stories you dumb fuck...
nobody gives a shit about you, or your life, or your imaginative stories.
also, get off the internet at the library.
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Dad , is that you?
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01/22/2010 10:58 AM
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i'm homeless- er living in my car mooching off wireless etc. It's not as fun as youd think- and yes i have a job, that doesnt pay squat. But i've gotten used to it now so its not all bad. Cept for having to use publick restrooms and pissing in a bottle when its the middle of the night and you're in a place where you cant take a leak outside for fear or some dude walking his dog at midnight thinking ur trying to expose yourself
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at least you have a car to keep you dry and warm,could be worse you could be sleeping on the street



you are rich bro,infact you are a snob
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01/22/2010 10:59 AM
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Dad , is that you?
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That made me spit out my coffee...LOL

Actually, you have a very inspiring story...thanks for sharing!

hf
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01/22/2010 11:01 AM
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Re: I'm going homeless on purpose, showing at gym just 2b debt free!
See, I knew myself and I recognized my comfort zones. I realized that if I stayed in my apartment filled with pretty things, I’d never change my attitude. I thought of ways I could make myself as uncomfortable as possible and when I had pictured the absolute worst of the worst, I did it.

I hauled every single solitary thing I owned out on my front lawn and I sold it. I sold my furniture,my dishes, and even the half empty bottle of windex under the sink. When I had finished, all of my earthly possessions amounted to 2 boxes of clothing and 1 box of personal papers and mementos, both of which I stored in the truck of my car. Then, I sublet my apartment to someone else, dropped out of college for a semester, purchased a really cheap gym membership, and I went homeless.

I vowed to go homeless until every cent of my debt was paid. Besides, I figured the whole experience was going to be very glamorous. I pictured myself working all day and then coming home, sitting in my car, and writing a book of memoirs about my experience. In reality, being homeless fucking sucked and pretty soon the only thing that mattered in my life was un-homeless-ing myself.

The one good thing about being homeless is that you really have nothing to do but work. When your boss asks you to work a few extra hours, you don’t hem and haw because you’re dying to get home and hang out in your car. I actually ended up picking up a second job at the buffet across the street just to fill the time. I’d work my primary job from 7am-4:30pm, walk across the street to my second job and work from 5-midnight, and then offer to do the nightly cleaning and lock up later so that I wouldn’t finish until 2 in the morning or so. After that, I’d drive to the gym and sleep in my car until it opened. I’d go in and pretend to exercise for 5 minutes so I could shower and start the whole cycle over again. My only bill was the membership to the gym and a few dollars in gas a week. I didn’t even pay for food; I just ate for free at the buffet. Since I had previously pretended that the credit cards companies didn’t exist for four months, a lot of them let me ‘settle’ my debt for slightly less than I owed or at least cut me some slack on miscellaneous fees and interest.

After I paid off my credit cards, I paid off my car. Then, I opened up a savings account and put about $500 in there. My first post-homeless apartment was significantly smaller and less extravagant than my last. I didn’t have a single stick of furniture or any cool Jerry Garcia bear beads to decorate with, but I knew that there was no way in Hell I was going to get my electricity turned off again.

And that, my friends, was one of the best feelings in the world.
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If the rest of America got out of debt like you Op

America would be a much stronger country


kudos
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Re: I'm going homeless on purpose, showing at gym just 2b debt free!
So, to sum up.

1. You act impulsively.
2. You like to work meaningless jobs.
3. Even when you pay for a gym membership you won't exercise.
4. You have no conviction to your causes.
5. You couldn't wait to rejoin the system.

Thanks for the story.
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01/22/2010 11:03 AM
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So, to sum up.

1. You act impulsively.
2. You like to work meaningless jobs.
3. Even when you pay for a gym membership you won't exercise.
4. You have no conviction to your causes.
5. You couldn't wait to rejoin the system.

Thanks for the story.
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yes i am american
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01/22/2010 11:03 AM
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You fucking plastic hypocrite sell out motherfucker!
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01/22/2010 11:04 AM
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thank you for sharing.

I have been homeless also. Rough. Very difficult. Also learn a lot.

Glad to hear you landed on your feet and are now debt-free! Good luck moving forward and remember -- don't be like a dog who returns to its vomit!
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Dad , is that you?


That made me spit out my coffee...LOL

Actually, you have a very inspiring story...thanks for sharing!

hf
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DITTO - On All Of That. I LOVE IT!

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Wow, way to go...what a story! I bow to you, as you truly walked your talk. You met my worst fear...homelessness.

Please write a book...you have to. hf
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01/22/2010 11:07 AM
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You fucking plastic hypocrite sell out motherfucker!
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Just think..you could have done all that without going homeless.. All you really did was downsize..The hard way...
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01/22/2010 11:09 AM
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wtf is this bullshit?
stop writing stories you dumb fuck...
nobody gives a shit about you, or your life, or your imaginative stories.
also, get off the internet at the library.

Dad , is that you?
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laugh

Good one!
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01/22/2010 11:09 AM
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wanna get out of debt?

Stop paying your debts and save your money. Simple as that.

Debt is an illusion by the corrupt banks.

Dont pay them and save.

You dont need credit if you have cash, and when you have plenty of that, banks will not give a damn about your credit.
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01/22/2010 11:20 AM
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Way to go OP!!

I did the same thing once and eliminated debt in 6 months that I would have taken over 7 years to pay off otherwise. Only difference is I had a van at the time, not a car. A car would be really tough. And after 6 months, I was getting pretty sleep deprived.

You learned a huge lesson - that the best way to save big bucks and stay out of debt is to live well below your means.

Never pay-check-to-paycheck. Ever. Unless you are older and have assets, then you can start living it up a bit.
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I vowed to go homeless until every cent of my debt was paid. Besides, I figured the whole experience was going to be very glamorous. I pictured myself working all day and then coming home, sitting in my car, and writing a book of memoirs about my experience. In reality, being homeless fucking sucked and pretty soon the only thing that mattered in my life was un-homeless-ing myself.

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chuckle loser
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01/22/2010 06:56 PM
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Nice post OP, good for you!!!!
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Im pissed just hearing anyone wanted to go homeless on purpose and now hates there stupid choice WTF you are a lunatic to go homeless on purpose.
I am about to go homeless without car so it will suck and can not believe u idiots...

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