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.
OH, and don’t even get me STARTED on if you try to buy “brand name” food products. I am always proud that with 180 dollars, I can feed my family of three for a month; but there are times when my mom will tell me it’s okay to get things that I want and like and she’ll cover whatever goes over.
The absolute attitude you get if you have ANYTHING brand name is amazing at Wal-mart. (I shop mostly at Aldi’s and they have never been anything but kind, or completely disinterested which is awesome). I had the NERVE to buy my two splurge items of the month (a jug of Sanpple tea and Hellman’s mayo) and the checkout woman (who was an older lady) absolutely glared at me when my card wouldn’t swipe. I asked her if she could punch it in manually like Aldi’s does, and they weren’t busy. She took my card, snorted and said, “Maybe you wouldn’t be having this problem if you took care of your meal ticket.”
I asked her what, and she literally threw the card back at me and said, “You heard me. It’s bent.”
At that point I was so shocked and on the verge of tears that I just put my card in my wallet, only to be told that, “You shouldn’t be wasting your welfare on luxury items. You didn’t work for that money but I did.”
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS WORK.
Only 12% of your tax money goes into “social welfare” programs. Mind you, social welfare programs inclue the VA, Disability, Unemployment, and THEN welfare and public services like that. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN ONLY HAS 28 DOLLARS OF THEIR TAKES GO TOWARDS FOOD STAMPS.
So tell me again how you are paying for my food. I hate people.