Alan Yu, Day 7

October 22nd, 2014 It’s the final day of the welfare food challenge and a lot of interesting things happened as everyone probably knows in regard to the shooting in Ottawa. For this post I’ll try to stay on topic with the food challenge. Video recap below. I was thinking for today that I would drop by a different grocery store on my way home and to the supermarket as technically if the challenge was to continue I would have to buy some grocery items again. I knew one thing for sure was… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 6

October 21st, 2014 What a hectic day this was as well as learning some interesting public feedback about this welfare food challenge. Sorry, rush post today as I am blogging and cooking at the same time. Video below for my day’s recap. Today was interesting as work wise I agreed to do so many things which kept me busy all day. For one of the work I did, as mentioned yesterday meals were provided to people and this is what my friend got just as an example of the food I could… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 5

October 21st, 2014 What a hectic day this was as well as learning some interesting public feedback about this welfare food challenge. Sorry, rush post today as I am blogging and cooking at the same time. Video below for my day’s recap. Today was interesting as work wise I agreed to do so many things which kept me busy all day. For one of the work I did, as mentioned yesterday meals were provided to people and this is what my friend got just as an example of the food I could… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 4

October 19th, 2014 Casual day of research was the theme today. Video below for my day’s recap. I didn’t physically go to stores to look at prices today. Instead, I casually looked online for some potential deals and pricing history for certain items. For the can of sardine I was potentially thinking of buying on the last day the cheapest I found was a two for $1 sale. Why is this important? I think you need to have good knowledge on how cheap an item can potentially get for you to better… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 3

October 18th, 2014 “Son of a…..” is what kind of crossed my mind today with some stuff I saw. Video below for my day’s recap for those who prefer it. I included some other interesting stuff I saw today in the video too. There was an obstacle today as I had to head out the door earlier than I thought. As a result, I wasn’t able to prepare my regular breakfast. Therefore, I only had an apple. That’s the main negative of being on a budget as many times we tend to… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 2

October 17th, 2014 Today was an interesting day as it got me thinking if I should return an item for what seems to be a better deal.  As usual, watch my video below for my day’s recap for those who prefer it. Shopping knowledge was the big theme for me today as many times I found myself finding great deals but at the same time I was lacking the knowledge of what would be the best value diet wise in conjunction with cost.  As mentioned before, stores usually change its prices today… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 1

October 16th, 2014 Here we go! First day of the BC welfare food challenge. If you prefer to watch me go through my experience using video instead you can click play here: For everyone else, read on. For those who don’t know, the purpose of this challenge is to demonstrate how people on welfare income assistance can barely make ends meat with the current provided funds of $610 per month. After all your other expenses are covered, it is stated that a person has about $21 a week left for food. The… Read More

Alan Yu

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I am from Vancouver, BC with a huge interest in technology, entertainment and the arts. Finance has always been a close topic to me which is a big factor on why I began blogging about it. (You can read more details at http://www.al6400.com/blog/about/). I love sharing information and knowledge that I discover on a daily basis in hopes to help others. I am taking the challenge because I consider myself an extremely thrifty and frugal shopper where initially the dollar amount of $21 a week doesn’t scare me. However, I recognize that… Read More

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…. Read More