I love the convenience of living in the inner city. Everything that I need is right around the corner. I grew up as a country bumpkin. We lived so far out of town that it took almost an hour just to get to the grocery store. We took shopping trips every six months to buy clothes or other non-grocery items. As a child, I didn’t mind living so far out of town, but now that I have a family and an outside job, I am very happy that I don’t live so far out of the city. Our greatest challenge about living in the city is the cost. Where we live, housing is simply outrageous, and we are always looking for ways to save money. Something that has saved us a lot of money is simply turning off the air conditioning when we leave the house. My husband and I both work outside the home, and all of our children are in school, so there is no need to have the air conditioning running all day long when no one is home. We also started turning off the air conditioning at night while are sleeping, and instead we just open the windows to stay cool. These two things have saved us more money than we ever thought they would. Now, we only use our air conditioning in the evenings and on the weekends. Although air conditioning is certainly a blessing to have, it isn’t necessary to have it on 24/7. Saving money isn’t easy, but simple things like this can make a big difference.