Food expenses can add up, even for those living in low-income housing in the heart of downtown Tacoma. If you don’t have a car, there are pros and cons.
The pro is you save money on gas and parking, the con is that everything is far and unless you have an ORCA Card to bus to your destination you’ll end up not saving as much as you think.
Grocery shopping in downtown Tacoma…
Can end up costing you more than you think if you don’t have a car because, for one, there aren’t any grocery stores within walking distance that are comfortable enough to carry bags to your apartment.
The corner stores have plenty of options in terms of frozen and pantry food but be prepared to be charged $5 for a $1 dollar store item they purchased.
Sometimes you’ll find some items reasonably priced but almost never and then on top of paying $5 for a $1 item you’ll be charged $0.50 per transaction or they’ll have a $5 minimum limit.
How do I manage living downtown?
I have yet to figure everything out but its only been a year. I now make sure to always have money on my ORCA Card to save me $$$ on bus fare and groceries, it’s just cheaper to take the bus and go shopping at the nearest Safeway or Wal-Mart, the latter I prefer.
Food options in Downtown Tacoma
Are plenty but be prepared to go over your budget if you plan on eating what’s locally available in downtown because everything is pricey, even the fast food joints, where a McDonald’s cheeseburger is $1.49 instead of $1.00, however, fast food is still cheaper than the other nearby food places.
There are more bars than food joints, and if you are in love with Chinese food, you’ll have to drive or take the bus to the nearest one, cafes are plenty as well, subway, sandwich cafes, coffee, pizza, Thai food, you’ll also find, but anything like a good steak dinner isn’t within walking distance.
Plan ahead on your food budget
And set aside enough money within a food budget to enjoy an eating-out- experience because as soon as you walk outside, especially if you’re located near Pacific, you’ll be tempted to go to a cafe or grab something on the go.