I house-sat for a month last March at a spectacular condo in Boulder with a view of the mountains and a rooftop grill. I thought that month was an unrepeatable experience. I was wrong. Once the word got out that I was house-sitting, suddenly everyone needed a house-sitter. A friend from New York said, "well, if you want to stay past March, you could house-sit in April while we're in Israel." I accepted. My boss said, "if you want to stay into May, you could take care of my dogs Champ and Mini-Me while I’m in the South of France." I accepted. I accepted. I accepted. Suddenly, I had jumped 4 socio-economic brackets—I had gone from couch-surfer to wealthy homeowner! It messed with my brain. I was confused when the rightful owners returned. I had a dream once where I defended “my” house at gunpoint. The experience of living like a rock star without paying a dime is a great one, worth the schizophrenia, and a totally legit way to live on the planet. THIS LIFE CAN BE YOURS. The only skills you need are 1) the ability to clean up after yourself and 2) the ability to write a thank-you note. You can go pro with The Caretaker’s Gazette, which “provides its subscribers with thousands of house sitting and property caretaking jobs each year in all 50 US States, Canada, Mexico and dozens of other countries.” STOP PAYING RENT. START LIVING THE DREAM.