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

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Today's Challenge....No WIFI :(

Just opened the challenge card for today ‘Wifi is just too expensive. Turn it off for the rest of the challenge. (Except to blog)’.   I’m not sure what my daughter is going to say, she does not want to give up anything without a fight.  She is reluctant to give up her tablet and I told her it really is her choice and can use it but to understand how it is a luxury that a lot of people do not have. (My parents, her dad and I went together to buy her one for Christmas, otherwise it would have been too expensive for us as well.) Our family uses Wifi everyday, we watch Netflix, play games, and google everything (I’m not sure how I will research more services in the area without it, I guess I’ll have to do the leg work next week).

Activities for today…We attend the Reddit Winter Carnival every year and my dad usually pays for the team, I would have had to take $10 out of my final $20 to curl otherwise so chances are I would have opted out.  The gas to get out there and back over the weekend can get quite expensive and our family usually carpools but for this I will deduct $1 each way for the ‘carpool fund’ which we all know is not enough.  I usually make a big dinner for everyone but am not able to do that either.  I have packed our drinks, tea caraff, snacks, lunch and dinner because curling always runs late into the day.  We usually bring some food and eat some from the canteen but there is no way I could afford to do that.  The kids will bring their winter gear, sleighs, coloring books and books to keep them busy over the day and there are usually kids they know that they play with as well.  I realize how much family support the kids and I have and I've spoken to my family about trying their best not to feed the kids anything today from the canteen so they eat what we can afford.  

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