Given that we are to survive this week based mostly on food from the emergency food basket. I made a budget for this week of $40. None of it was to go to food. But imagine you only had $40 a week to live on. That was part of the challenge. I had scheduled a medical appointment for this week. My doctor is in Newmarket, about a 45 minute drive from my rural community. Being able to drive to see this doctor is a luxury. What if I wasn’t able to pay for my insurance or maintenance on my car? Being financially insecure in a rural community is much different than being in the city. I will illustrate:
I’ve screen captured the public transit routes if I could no longer afford to drive or afford my car and had to take them. First off I would have to cab to the closest bus stop or station. Which is as we all know $$. Not only that but if you look you can see that I would be travelling for 5 hours for a doctors consultation. The problem here is that the doctor I was going to see was not available in the area and public transit is less than desirable given the addition of a cab and the time it would take.
Thankfully I have access to a vehicle. 30 dollars went to gas for the trip, and my remaining $10 went to parking. Looks like I wouldn’t be able to survive on just $40, at least this week anyway. All of that for just the basic need of medical attention and visiting a physician. I also had blood taken. Later that night, without my regular food intake, and having blood taken I felt unusually weak and tired.