I often see people quick to jump when they see coupons for sale on ebay, samples of formula for sale on Kijjii and most recently there was quite alot say when Tim Horton’s had the Tassimo and disk deal and were selling Tassimo disks or machines on Kijjii for a profit. People were upset.
What would you do to feed your children?
We want everyone to be law abiding citizens but yet we judge those same people who do what they can to provide for their family. Did you know; for example where I live a single month on social assistance qualifies for approx $600 per month for housing. Above and beyond that is less than $300 per month!! They no longer receive additional funds for the children for food as they did a few years ago; they are to rely on their family allowance (apparently there was a huge increase to offset the amount community services would give; according to media however it didn’t seem to transfer to checks) That $300 has to cover all utilities, phone, internet, gas, transportation, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, prescriptions, laundry, clothes, school fees, groceries, miscellaneous.
Many are under the misconception that those on “welfare” get free medical etc. There is a $5 co pay. That may not seem like much however if your budget for the entire week is for 2 people is $50 and your child gets a cold and ear infection and needs 2 prescriptions. There is $40 left in your weekly grocery budget and chances are before you went to the doctor over the counter meds were tried so lets be real there is $30 left in your grocery budget. If you didn’t have a car…. cab? gas money to a neighbor? bus?
What would you do? If your child needed a perscription that cost $5 what would you do to get that money? If you had a can of Similac that you child wouldn’t use would you put it up on Kijjii to sell? If you knew Tim Hortons had a promo and you could make a quick $20 because you were in the right place at the right time would you? If you neighbors that were trying to help you out by giving you all their coupons and you cut them out and posted them on ebay to add to their grocery budget?
While many of us are fortunate enough not to worry where we are getting food to feed our children at supper time; there are many people avoiding answerer their door right now as they know their landlord is looking for them to pay rent. There are people who do what they have to do to feed their kids without breaking the law. Think about .what would you do before we judge too harshly 🙂