Alan Yu, Prep for the Challenge

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Alright, I am officially going to try this $21 food budget for the week challenge. This is going to be an interesting experience for me as initially I don’t think it will be too hard financially as I normally try to shop for the best deals. However, there is a lot that I don’t know such as keeping track of nutritional daily intake as it isn’t something that I normally think too much about other than doing things such as naturally avoiding as many artificial stuff as possible.

Tomorrow will be the first day of the event and I have been trying to video document everything thus far. I had to use my cell phone video as carrying around the DSLR seems to scare people. I’ll probably save that for the vlogging portion of the post which I am going to try and do every day. I am hoping I will get to learn from people who are actually on welfare as it will be an interesting contrast to see the different circumstances that may affect one from being able to get the best deals.

I must say, my initial research day was a little crazy as I even encountered disputes between homeless people and store owners. Essentially, it seemed like either the owner was accusing the person of trying to steal or that based on appearance he thought he was up to no good. I suppose that is a constant scenario people face when you are on income assistance and can’t say afford to dress up a certain way.

For me it was awkward how when I went to certain areas it’s like everyone tried to sell me cigarettes. I did notice that there were a lot of generous people though where they would openly offer food to anyone that wanted it. Either way, new territory for me and let’s see how this goes. I will go over all of my shopping thoughts and breakdown in my next post tomorrow.

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