It’s no secret that retirement homes have come a long way in recent years: some are resort-like, and others offer freedom to those who still want independence, but need a hand in their living quarters occasionally. One thing’s for sure: they’re usually pricey!

According to Distractify, “Retirement is expensive. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, households that are 65 or older spend an average of $45,756 per year, or roughly $3,800 a month. That’s just $1,000 short of the average spent by all U.S. households combined. And considering that a GoBankingRates survey found that 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, people are looking to save a little money in retirement.”

A man from Texas has a pretty clever way to beat the high costs of retirement, keep independence, and live in an environment that doesn’t make people feel like patients. It is non-traditional, to say the least!

According to Distractify, a lot of people weighed in positively to the unorthodox idea of staying at a Holiday Inn after retirement:

“Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon.”

“That leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.”

“Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc. ”

“Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap.”

“$5-worth of tips a day and you’ll have the entire staff scrambling to help you.”

“They treat you like a customer, not a patient.”

“There’s a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. ”

“The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp).”

“To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays.”