A Walk In Other's Shoes - Poverty Challenge - Family

This challenge is asking families to attempt to stay within a social assistance budget for five days. Ontario Works benefits provide a maximum basic needs for a couple with any amount of children is $458.00; this sets the challenge budget at $75.00 per family, or $15 per day. A single parent would receive $344.00 per month, therefore, their challenge budget will be $60.00 or $12.00 per day.

The budget includes all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each family will be given challenge cards which will reveal additional challenges to be completed before the end of each day. As the family completes the challenge, they will blog about their experience.

Boucher Family

Boucher Family

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This is what I bought with our $75 to feed a family of 5 for 5 days. 2 liter milk $3.35 2 cans tomato soup $1.00 Fish sticks $3.97 Hamburger helper $1.97 Honey Combs cereal $1.99 Dozen eggs $2.27 Cheese slices $3.76 Mixed Veggies frozen $1.97 Margarine $2.97 Rolled Oats, 900g $2.27 100 tea bags $1.97 2kg flour $1.00 2k white sugar $1.97 Cereal $1.47 Sunlight dish soap $1.97 2 Whole wheat bread $4.14 1 pkg wieners $1.99 3lb bag apples $2.97 2lb bag carrots $1.48 1 onion $0.81 10kg potatoes $3.00 Popping corn $1.67 Coffee $4.47 Chocolate Chips $1.50 Pasta $0.97 Whole wheat breas $2.07 Chicken balogna $1.47 4 bananas $1.02 Lettuce $1.29 Fem. Paper product $2.79 Red poster paper $0.95 Toilet paper $2.58 coupons used -$10.01 For a total of.........$59.30 I used $2.00 for the boys Scout dues, $1.00 to borrow a car today and we used a liter of milk from at home so I will say $2.00 for that. I have a grand total of $10.00 left. We got toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for free at the Northwestern Health Unit. We used 2lbs of deer meat and apple sauce from home that we hunted/made for free. With bought supplies I made 3 dozen applesauce muffins and 4 dozen chocolate chip oatmeat cookies. The food we have left is- 2 carrots, half an onion, apples, potatoes, 1 can tomato soup, oatmeal, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, apples, muffins, one loaf bread, half a pack cheese slices, whole pack chicken bologna (Bought it for cheap, no one like it. Hummm, maybe if I fry it they'll eat it.) Oh yes, my coffee filter still worked great this morning!

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