In the spirit of “staycationing” in our new home, these posts are about ways to save money and live frugally without being extreme or insane. I used these methods to save for my down payment, and I continue to use them to survive being a new, yet thrifty, homeowner.
Summer’s not over yet, and neither is the House Poor Summer Tour.
I’m fortunate to live in the beautiful, charming, and friendly city of Charleston, South Carolina.
When people find out I’m a runner living in Charleston, I feel like they envision me running on the Cooper River Bridge, on the Battery, or through downtown. A week after moving here, someone from my hometown actually asked me if I’d run over “the bridge” yet. I’d barely unpacked my running shoes- much less trekked 25 minutes to to attempt a bridge run.
I have a Charleston address and ZIP code, but truthfully… I live in the suburbs. I’ve dubbed my neighborhood“Suburbia by the Swamp” because I can run a 3-4 mile down a humid, swampy, country road. When people visit Charleston, they usually don’t visit out here. This is where middle-class residents with Charleston addresses live, buy homes, and raise families.
Living 15-20 minutes from downtown has its perks. It’s close enough to go anytime I want, but far enough away to be more exciting than a trip to the mall.
On Sunday, parking is free so if you go downtown early, you can grab a cup of coffee (or afternoon gelato- yum!), walk around the city streets, and take pictures. That’s how I spent this past Sunday morning.
Sunday’s headline. Why yes, it is a religion, and it starts tonight.
The Mills House hotel on Meeting Street. You can eat breakfast here in the garden.
Corner of King and Queen Streets, looking down King Street.
Charleston Library Society– pretty building with trees out front. Those trees are all over the city.
Quote outside the Unitarian Universalist Church, one of the oldest churches in Charleston. I’m not sure how often the quote changes, but it’s always fun to read and very insightful.
Being more spiritual than religious, I generally like the way Unitarians think.
Another on King Street
I hope you guys enjoyed a little peak at downtown- and I got all these pictures from a 15 minute walk around the block before church. It’s quite different than Suburbia!
Sometimes, the best staycations are right in front of you, and a 15-20 minute walk to escape reality is all you need.