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I’m so excited! Yes I know this is going to be silly to most of you but this is the first item that I purchased specifically for my nomadic van dwelling future. It’s the little things that make me happy.
When I first started researching the van dwelling lifestyle, I kept coming across comments that a portable heater would be necessary. Since I plan on heading out west and staying mostly in the Arizona, Nevada and Colorado area I didn’t think I would need a heater because I figured I would just follow the warm weather through the seasons. But the more I kept reading information from others already living the lifestyle, and for quite some time, they all talked about how it can still get cool in the evenings. I decided that I better look into it more and be prepared. I would hate to assume that I won’t need heat then end up being too cold during the nights and having to get something out of desperation. If I had to purchase something quick, I might not get what I want or pay too much for something out of need.
In my research of what portable heater to invest in, I found that the Mr. Buddy portable heater is what I wanted. It runs off of propane and heats up to 200 sq ft, more than enough for a van. It’s safe for use indoors and also has a safety shut off if it tipped over. I found it on Amazon for $79.99 and decided to add it to my wish list to get later when I got closer to hitting the road.
Then I heard that Sports Authority was going out of business. I waited a couple of weeks until they advertised everything was marked down to 30-50% off. I found the Mr. Buddy heater and there was no price so I brought it to a register for a price check. The girls said it’s 30% off so it’s $69.99. I think they marked the prices up just to mark them down. I didn’t think it was worth getting for just $10 less than I could get it online. I decided to wait.
Anyway, that was about a month ago. I was at another store near Sports Authority tonight for something else so decided to pop in and see what they had left and if the prices were better. The store was pretty much cleared out but I found the portable heaters, so again brought one to the register for a price check. It was $39.99! Yup, I’ll take it. It’s a good enough savings where I didn’t want to risk waiting for the prices to go down more and then there not be any left.
So here is my awesome new portable heater, my first official purchase specifically for my nomadic life. I’m way more excited than I should be.