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Tiny Living, Big Lessons: 6 Alternative Housing Solutions

6 Inexpensive Housing Solutions to Consider

When I first decided to live in a tiny house, it was because I wanted to find an alternative housing solution. I couldn’t afford a huge house nor did I want one. Maybe when the day finally arises that I hit the New York Times Best Selling list (or USA Today’s). But for the time being, it looks like I’ll be living within my means, which means living tiny. 

I wanted this new series Tiny Living, Big Lessons to be about more than just my journey living tiny. I also wanted to be able to share the journeys of others. So between Vocal and Domino Magazine, that’s what I’ll be doing. Today I’m sharing 6 alternative housing solutions that inexpensive yet realistic. 


A lot of people confuse yurts with tents. And although they have some similarities, they are different. A yurt is made from a material such as felt or skins that wraps around a collapsible framework. They are traditionally used as housing solutions by Nomads in Turkey, Siberia, and Mongolia. Yurts can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.


Living in a shed was my choice for an alternative housing solution. I’ve had a few major setbacks in building my tiny shed house, but it’s still my ultimate goal. The reason I chose this option is that sheds are super inexpensive and can be purchased via a rent to own agreement. And most of the time it’s without a credit check. From my experience, you could purchase a shed with as little as two months down and a monthly payment of under $200.


There are a lot of misconceptions out there about living in tents but can I tell you, it’s totally worth it. Lotus Belle tents are fireproof canvas tents that you can live in during any season. They cost anywhere from $1,800 to $7,000—which is a small price to pay in the long run.

Sprinter Vans

People who don’t have a lot of belongings or need any amenities can easily convert a sprinter van into a home. With this alternative housing solution, there is no set up required. You can simply drive the open road and stop whenever you want. Since the van is the home, you could park anywhere a car can. It’s much easier to find a parking spot than it is a camping spot.

Shipping Containers

I’ve seen a few shipping container homes and they’re honestly pretty cool. Made from durable material that’s built to last these homes can be an Eco-friendly alternative housing solution for anyone looking to downsize. Think of them as a tiny house without wheels. You can purchase a single shipping container and convert it to the home of your dreams. Or you can find a shipping container home like this one on Amazon.

Recreational Vehicals

If you’re a wandering soul at heart, living in an RV might be the right choice for you. Living in an RV can provide you with all the comforts of a traditional home yet at the same time allowing you to move easily from place to place. Having the ability to take your home wherever you go is an absolute godsend for an unchained soul. You can buy a cheap used RV, fix it up, and then only worry about paying campground fees (if you choose to do so).

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