Sieun Lee, Day 4

Sunday October 19

For breakfast, I had 1 cup of soy milk with 10 Shreddies and 10 roasted black beans.

During the morning I slowly ate 1/2 of the baked sweet potato.

Lunch was 1/4 of an Everything bagel, 1/4 cup of steamed rice, and 1.5 cup of broccoli soup.

In the afternoon I went to Costco for a price check and to GardenWorks. This time, I carried the half of the sweet potato in a container and a water bottle.
Being in a crowded Costco and immersing myself in the stupefying abundance of everything made me feel happy and for a while forget entirely that there was food insecurity in BC or anywhere else in the world. I took a sample of a fried jalapeno cheese stick.
While in transit I often took out the container and ate my sweet potato pieces. I was a bit embarrassed in the beginning but then I did not care – I was simply trying to stop feeling so weak and lightheaded.

I came home and had 1/2 cup of rice and 1/5 of sweet and spicy tofu for dinner.

Food count

1 cup soy milk: $0.53
10 Shreddies: $0.05
10 roasted black beans

1 baked sweet potato

1/4 bagel : $0.12
3/4 steamed rice: $0.06
1.5 cup broccoli soup: ($0.19 * 4 + $0.20 * 2 + $0.10) * 1.5/6.5 = $0.30

1/2 jalapeno cheese stick

1/5 sweet and spicy tofu: $0.40


Not counted: 10 roasted black beans, 1 baked sweet potato, 1/2 jalapeno cheese stick

* I see that I am gradually moving toward the high carbohydrate diet. Proteins and fresh produce are more expensive, less portable, and do not keep as well.

* Is Costco a good shopping option for a low income family? Even when I am buying for myself, I like to go to Costco occasionally because of its certain level of quality and generally low price. I would buy meat and poultry to freeze, bulk veggies, and personal care and home products that last me nearly a year. Is the annual membership of $55, or less than $5 per month, a significant barrier?

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