Tammy Luna of Tammy’s Recipes moved to the West Coast from the Mid West at the same time as we did. She has embraced her new locale and it’s so great to read how they make ends meet in the Seattle area.
Recently, Tammy shared specifically how they live economically in the higher priced Pacific North West.
Food is slightly more expensive here overall BUT there are still great sales and quite a lot of stores to choose from! I like to get my groceries at Costco to keep things as simple and affordable as possible (having 4 young children, only 1 vehicle, and the weekend traffic being NOT fun!), but there are so many stores and farmer’s markets and the options are virtually limitless!
I love that the weather here is conducive to getting out a lot more (no freezing cold winters or blazing hot summers), and there are beautiful parks and places to go for FREE! We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to parks and trails and beaches!
It may not be California, but a lot of the same practices apply whether you live in Southern California or another more expensive area. There’s so much carry-over amongst higher-cost-of-living-areas, that we can most definitely learn from one another.