You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I was on food stamps for 3 years and I can verify that what tumblr user througthewildblue says is the truth.
There are even certain foods that you cannot buy with food stamps! Stuff from the deli at the grocery store is like a 50/50 hit or miss.
So like, honestly, you can only buy SOME food with food stamps, and nothing else.
This is so important for everyone to know as soon as humanly possible.
I work at a grocery store in East Tennessee and I’m just here to tell everyone that Food Stamps are abused and there is no denying. All welfare is. If you don’t believe me, come spend some time where I live and you’ll see it. People in Appalachia have been playing the welfare system for YEARS. Yes, you can only buy food. And yes, there are some foods that aren’t covered. HOWEVER, I know for fact that people on Food Stamps will come buy $150 worth of meat and then take that and sell it at a flea market. I also know for fact that people on food stamps will spend $80 on sodas and mini bags of chips to again go sell at a flea market for cash. How do I know this? They love to tell me all about it and are proud that they have figured out a way to cheat the system. I have seen people that receive $700 worth of food stamps in a month ignore me while they text on their iPhone that they pulled out of their MK purse with a Fossil watch on their arm. There are people that have been on Food Stamps for so long that all they can hand me when it’s time to pay is the strip of numbers because that’s all you need to run the card. There are people who have had theirs so worn out that they put duct tape over the card and write the card number on the duct tape. In fact, there was even one evening a lady told me that she didn’t even have the card on her but knew her mothers card number and asked me if I could take it. Our store does around $100,00 worth of sales a day. If I had to guess and put a number on it, I would estimate that around 60% of our transactions are food stamps.
Meanwhile, I work 30 hours a week while also dealing with a 16 hour semester making almost $10 an hour living at home with parents. I pay for EVERYTHING I do. I need clothes, I buy them. I want to go out, I’m paying my own cover and for my own liquor. I need new tires? I thank god for my tax return. I want to go to college? I pay every dime. I want to go to a Miley Cyrus concert? I barely eating because I can’t afford to in order to save money for the concert. Now yes, I was no forced to pay $100 for a ticket, $100 in gas, an $100 for a hotel. BUT, I am so sick of always being on the run to work or school or studying or squeezing in just a few hours of sleep and busting my ass just to survive that I decided to do something nice for myself because I deserve it. I been using a broken iPhone that has glass falling out of it for four months now because I don’t have the money to buy myself a new one. What I earn from putting in my own time at work is what I have to live off of and that is it.
Now see, my favorite of all though is the couples that push out two carts full of groceries that total around $500 with another $250 left on their card and then come back to buy $40 worth of beer and hand me a $100 bill to pay for it. I shit you not I once saw a woman run her Food Stamp card and then have a few jars of baby food and beer left to pay for with cash/debit, but because she didn’t have enough cash to cover beer and baby food, SHE HAD ME VOID OFF THE FUCKING BABY FOOD SO SHE COULD TAKE HOME HER SIX PACK OF MILLER LITE.
Welfare reform in necessary. Go work in a grocery store if you don’t believe me. You’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about. Getting a job at a grocery changed the way I saw the world. I know that sounds insane, but it’s the truth.