Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – Day 1

Today is the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge.  For the next week, I will only be eating what I could manage to buy with 21 dollars.  I won’t be accepting any freebies, donations, or poaching from my garden or deep-freeze.  21 dollars does not seem like a lot for food.  That’s because it isn’t.  Having said that, I was surprised with what I was able to purchase for 21 dollars.  I went to two different stores, both within walking distance of my house.  I had checked flyers online over the weekend to see what was on special so that I could do my best to maximize my budget.

What can you get for 21 bucks?

1 loaf of whole wheat bread – $1.67
1 small bag of frozen corn – $1.97
1 small block of frozen spinach – $0.97
2 cans tomato sauce  – $1.70
1 large container vanilla yogurt (on sale) – $1.97
1 package egg noodles – $1.29
8 bulk carrots (on sale) – $0.97
2 small onions – $0.90
1 jar peanut butter (on sale) – $2.83
bulk rolled oats (on sale) – $1.19
bulk millet (on sale) – $0.78
bulk white beans (on sale) – $0.79
bulk black beans (on sale) – $1.14
bulk green lentils (on sale) – $0.82
bulk pot barley (on sale) – $1.54
bulk chili powder (on sale) – $0.21
bulk curry powder (on sale) – $0.16

Total = $20.90

As you can see from the list above, I benefited hugely from sale pricing.  I’m not sure how I would have managed if I had to buy things at full price.  I could have spent the full 21 dollars had I opted for two plastic bags, but I’m holding on to that extra ten cents on the off chance that I come across a 5 cent candy.  (I can only get one, because there’s tax on candy, which I’m fine with.  I’m NOT fine with 21 dollars a week for food.)

Here’s how I plan on rationing my food for the day:

1/2 cup rolled oats + 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Peanut butter sandwich + 1/2 large carrot

Egg noodles (1/4 package) with 1/2 an onion, tomato sauce (1/2 can) and frozen spinach (1/4 package)

Dessert or Snack
1/3 cup yogurt

I’ll let you know how it goes.

How to Support the Welfare Food Challenge

  • Retweet, like, comment on, and share posts on social media with the hashtag #WelfareFoodChallenge
  • Sign the petition to ask Premier Christy Clark to raise the welfare rates

1 Comment

  1. Linda says:

    Thank goodness for no frills and for sale deals. It definitely becomes more of a challenge if you don’t use staples from your kitchen (seasonings, etc.).

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