Lauren purchased a camper using money she saved up from past holidays and turned it into a tiny home. Lauren painted the walls, installed new flooring, bought new bedding, and added flowers from the garden. She uses the camper as a playroom, but she has also rented it out to a family for $50.
At 11-years children are still developing their habits and aspirations. The maximum I dreamt of was sneaking out at night after my parents slept to eat as much ice cream as I want but this little girl proved that even at that age, you can do what you want if you are determined enough.
Little Lauren Nelson from Attica, New York, bought a $400 bought a camper with money she has been saving from past holidays. With the help of her mother, Aimee Nelson, she and the family completely renovated the camper into a cozy tiny house for Lauren to play in.
During the lockdown, like every child Laura was super bored. She wanted to build a fort or clubhouse on her family's property, but she learned it was too expensive. She just wanted her own space.
After her failed plans, this one day she was just passing through a magazine when she saw the American Girl Doll toys that looked like a VW Bus and an Airstream, which were priced at $650. Her father jumped in and said, this was insane. At such a price she could buy herself a camper.
This was when it clicked and Lauren decided to set her sights on buying a camper that she could convert herself, so she turned to the money she had been saving.
Since the family uses an envelope system to save money, a financial planning technique they learned from expert Dave Ramsey. Each member of the family has three envelopes: save, spend, and give. Laura had money saved up.
“I had an envelope where I kept all my money from birthdays and Christmases, and I saved it all up, and that's what I bought the camper with.”
Lauren combined her save envelope with her spending envelope to find the money for the camper, her mom said. In all, she had $400 to spend on a camper. Luckily, a neighbor down the street was selling a 1988 Sunline Sunray camper in July.
Lauren said she "squealed" when she learned her new neighbor had a camper he wanted to sell. The neighbor originally asked for $500, but Lauren negotiated the price down to $400.
Even though the camper was in the worst shape and full of junk, she was excited for her new project. Her parents were also happy that she had an educational project up her hands.
The first step for Lauren was to clear the camper of all junk that was left behind. Most of it was camping gear, like bug spray, sunscreen, and clothing. The camper was even filled with mice, but that didn't stop Lauren from continuing her renovation. She found four mice nests hidden in the oven and under the bunk beds. Also, there were mice feces all over the camper.
“I thought the mice were adorable. I was very sad that we possibly brought home a camper without their parents as they were not doing very well when we found them.”
After getting rid of the mice, the family had to do a deep clean of the camper. Some of the windows were leaking, so Lauren's father caulked them. The mattresses and cushions had to be deep cleaned as well, so they took them out into the sun and scrubbed them clean with rug shampoo.
To redesign the house, the family saved up another $500. Lauren bought everything keeping that budget in mind. She turned to Pinterest to find inspiration and landed on the "boho, beachy" aesthetic. They bought the flooring, paint, cushion covers, and peel-and-stick backsplash at Home Depot. Lauren also purchased one picture frame from Dollar General.
The project came to an end in 2 months. Now, her camper is parked in the front yard of the family house. Although she doesn't live in it full time, Lauren does love to use it as a place to hang out during the day. She said it's the clubhouse that she'd been dreaming of.
Since finishing the camper, Lauren has already rented out it out for $50.
In the future, Lauren hopes to turn this camper into her college dorm room to help save her money.
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