One way to save big amounts of money is to live in a smaller house. Did you know that there are minimalist homes for sale on Amazon? Let’s check out some of these adorable tiny homes and talk about why the heck someone would want to live in a shipping container.
Prefab tiny house: Amazon sells ‘em
We all know that Amazon sells practically everything. I assumed they had lots of books on tiny homes as well as tiny house plans and blueprints for sale.
I was not expecting them to sell actual houses, but I just found out that they do!
There are minimalist homes for sale on Amazon – you can buy and have delivered a whole house that you put together Ikea-style in a weekend (or much longer).
Minimalist homes for sale on Amazon:
1. We’ll start with this gorgeous prefab tiny home that clocks in at a massive 572 square feet – this is seriously big for a tiny home, folks.
Before I moved into the house my husband had bought years before I met him, I had my own little house. And little it was – at 500 square feet it was smaller than this tiny house. So his very modest 820 square foot home seemed roomy in comparison when I moved in!
2. The Jackson has a front terrace and would make the cutest guest house if you had room on your property. Or even a studio or workspace for work-from-home people.
3. The Washington is an adorable little 291 square foot home with a large roof overhang to give lots of covered outdoor space.
4. Have you ever wanted to live in a shipping container like a load of cargo floating across the sea? Maybe I didn’t put that as poetically as I could have, but I sure haven’t. This is my least favorite prefab tiny house on Amazon – not enough windows for me and I prefer a more woodsy/cabin feel.
It also reminds me of high school when they ran out of room for all the students so they had to stick us in portables for some of our subjects.
Though it’s not my style, shipping containers for tiny homes are HUGELY popular, and very trendy. This one comes completely furnished at 320 square feet.
5. The Kemah is 399 square feet and if you look at photos of the inside, it looks super spacious with high ceilings and lots of light.
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Tiny house living tips
Pretty much these minimalist homes look like dollhouses to me – and I think my 3 year old would love them like she loves our VW van. They look like awesome playhouses.
For myself, I couldn’t really see buying a home online. But I would be into the idea of buying a minimalist home as a guest house or to use as a cabin.
There are lots of smart people who have downsized – even with kids and pets – and moved into tiny homes.
The average U.S. mortgage loan debt is $202,284 per borrower.
And housing prices are rising MUCH faster than people’s incomes.
It’s a scary situation and it’s leading people into more and more debt.
The states with the highest mortgage loan debt:
- New York
- New Jersey
And the states with the lowest mortgage loan debt:
- West Virginia
If you are curious about downsizing to save money or reduce your debt, here are some tiny house living tips:
1. Know your own personal space requirements (and that of your spouse if you have one). There is a good chance you could be happy in less space but be honest about how much of your own space you would like and how much of a priority this is for you.
2. If you’re close to making a decision about selling your bigger house and downsizing to a smaller house or apartment, do a trial run in your own home. Stop using certain rooms in your home. If you want to move to a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom place, stop using your extra bathroom(s) and bedroom(s). See how you do.
3. If you are already in a small house, there are challenges if you have a spouse or a family. Yes you can go out to escape the chaos of a small shared space, but sometimes you just want to be at home. A neighbor of mine has a great idea that she does with her husband. They each take turns once a week taking their three kids out of the house so the other parent can have the house entirely to themselves. Love this idea!
Since we already live in a small home, I don’t think we’ll be going any smaller than this if we all want to get along. 😄 But small home living has been fantastic for us to have minimal debt (only mortgage debt), own our vehicles, travel, and save money, all on a small income.
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Did you know that there are minimalist homes for sale on Amazon? Would you ever buy a house online?