Good Morning DINKS. My boyfriend Nick and I are a city couple. We currently live on the 21st floor of a high rise building in the downtown core of our city. Since Nick and I are both from out of town when we first moved here 11 years ago we decided that living downtown would be the smartest idea.
Living downtown allowed us to be close to everything including our schools and the downtown shopping core as well as local amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and video stores. Now that we are both young professionals we still continue to live in the same neighbourhood because it still offers convenience and it is now also close to both of our office buildings.
We can walk to and from work without paying for a monthly public transportation pass, relying on a bus and subway schedule, or paying a monthly parking fee. When we walk to and from work we can pick up groceries or movies on the way home. I absolutely love living downtown for the convenience, but as we get older I have to wonder if I am missing something by not buying a house and moving to the suburbs?
The thought of paying for and maintaining a big house in the suburbs does not appeal to me whatsoever, even if the property values may be cheaper than buying a small condo in the city. The upkeep of a house in the suburbs can be overwhelming and a lot of work. I can’t imagine either my boyfriend Nick or I shovelling snow in the winter or cutting grass in the summer. However, the thought of having a big house with a lot of space is very tempting. The other aspect about the suburbs that I absolutely love is the convenience and variety of shopping.
Even though I live downtown every weekend Nick and I do our weekly shopping in the suburbs at stores such as a mega grocery store and Wal-Mart. I enjoy discount shopping and I love buying necessity items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and other household items on sale. This type of shopping is only available in the suburbs. Unfortunately we don’t find many Wal-Marts and Home Depot stores downtown. The shopping choices are definitely limited when you live in the downtown core.
The catch about living and shopping in the suburbs is that you definitely need to have a car. It can be very difficult to get around the suburbs on foot and it is hard to buy a 24 pack of toilet paper if you have to carry it home on foot. If you have a car then shopping in the suburbs is definitely less expensive than shopping in the city. In the suburbs we have the luxury of driving to our store of choice, when we shop in the downtown core everything is more expensive because we are paying for convenience.
Where do you shop and why?
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