I grew up in town. Not a big town. Not a small town. A good medium-sized town. I was a town kid.
And all my life, I wanted to say this. "Family, I'm going to town." You know, like I lived out in the boonies frolicking around the farm with a happy cow or something. That may seem a strange wish, but there was something pleasant, simple, and down-homey about it.
Then, I moved to the city. And then a bigger city. And I loved it.
I grew up in Iowa. And I returned to Iowa, yet country life remains something of a mystery to me. There are days where I think I would love to take my sweet little family out into the middle of nowhere and just... be. Away from the noise. Away from the sights. Just away.
But then I think about the smells. And oh, the aroma of the country. Then I remember that maybe I am not quite ready for that. And now I live in a small Iowa town... again. A smaller town than before, but town it is!
And I hang in the balance... a city girl in a small town, longing for country quiet.
But now when I do drive into the city, I wrangle up my herd of kidlets and say, "Family, we're going to town!" Nevermind, we are only going for a dentist appointment... it's going to be a big-city adventure.
Ah, the city. Where everything is so exciting... and expensive. But I have my ways.
My 3 essential freebie stops whenever we go to "town":
1. The mall. Free play for my girls in the play place and in the Barnes & Noble kids' area before the hour-long drive home.
2. Starbucks. I am fortunate that my favorite coffee joint is in my favorite mall. Bring in an empty Starbucks Coffee bag and get a free Tall Brewed Coffee (12 oz.) (I seem to have a steady supply of empty Starbucks bags...)
3. Godiva. I am even more fortunate that my favorite chocolate store is next door to my favorite coffee joint in my favorite mall. I and my three little princesses stop here next to get our free chocolate sample. Sign up for the free membership club and then additionally receive one free truffle a month!
Coffee, chocolate, and happy, tired kids that will sleep all the way home... and it's back to the "homestead" for us.
Oh, who am I kidding? Townie forever.
This post is a part of the Frugal Tuesday Tip.