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 daily 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.

Griffiths Family

Griffiths Family

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lice...pricey little things

I am all too familiar with today's challenge, 'Lice is not nice. But your family has it'.  I think nearly every family with young girls in Kenora knows the struggles related with your having lice.  I am going to price out and deduct the amount needed for travel to get the supplies needed to get rid of lice, I find it expensive and usually do the preventative measure of having my daughter bathe in Tea tree oil as well.  I will have to wash her hair with the shampoo and brush it out with conditioner and the lice brush every 2nd day and follow up with the treatment again after a week.  I also strip the beds, wash it all throughout the night to save on hydro, bag all of her stuffed and soft toys for a month, wipe down the couches and headboards, clean and boil her hair pieces and brushes and also vacuum.  This is a very time consuming and can be very expensive if you had to run to a laundromat, it would be nice to have a program to help with these costs, I have to run to the health unit for work today so I will ask if they have any resources available. I believe that some schools have resources available for families as well.

I hope my last $18 will pay for the trip there, treatment as well as a bit more pudding for the kiddos.

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