That's what I loved about Seattle, in Texas every corner has a tire shop or a convenience store. In Seattle all you have to do is turn and point and you'll find a quaint little coffee shop that manages to stay in business in the home of Starbucks!
I got an industry specific degree at 48, and a Master's at 53, while teaching full time, running a consulting business, serving on a school board and having to run a reelection campaign at the same time. For you, it will be a piece of cake because you got a cute dress for $5! I never had that..... . Hang in there, mom, you will never regret doing those things for your kids.