Interesting - food stamp challenge

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Interesting - food stamp challenge
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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 6:42pm

I haven't read through the entire blog yet, but I guess the premise is that this journalist challenged himself to eat on a food stamp budget of $176 a month (this is just for him, he has no family to feed).


Maybe some of you saw the reports on CNN.


It's funny the things that he has learned as a result of this experiment....things that most of us have know, and done, for years, lol.


http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/30/am.callebs.foodstamps.blog/index.html





 

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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 7:19pm
I can't comment on the $176 amount, but I do know that I barely spent the amount for a family of 3 ($463 according to my research) over 2 months. Granted, I also receive WIC and spent some money on eating out - but even if I add that, we didn't spend over $463 in a month. And we eat well - meat at every dinner (and often lunch), including shrimp and steak 1x per week each. Maybe it's b'cuz my family of 3 includes an infant (though I think her jar food is more expensive than if we just gave her regular food!). I guess I'm in the group that thinks it's not that big of a deal.

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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 8:44pm

In IL, our food stamp benefit for 4 people would be $588/mo.

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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 10:13am
I know, I was just thinking that too..We have a family of 5, so I'm not sure what the benefit amount would be, but I don't spend $588 a month for us. That's kinda irritating in a way...



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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 11:20am

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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 12:00pm
I saw that story and thought the same thing.
Susan, mom to Sam 11 and Connor 9
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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 12:33pm
I wonder what it would be for a family of 9. It goes by state? I am in NY. I would say I average about 200 a week. This week should be less but some weeks are a little more so I will say 200. That would mean 926 is more than I spend.

Lisa


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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 1:12pm
hey it sounds like a great article to read. :)) But to me 174 is alot of money for just one person. Kinda makes me sick.....


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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 1:45pm

I know of a mom who just separated from her husband who has 6 kids. She receives 900+ per month in food stamps. Her husband has a good job, but they haven't attached his wages yet.


This Mom gets an average of $225.00 per kid. The kids age are 1,3,4,8,11 and 15. She buys whatever she wants which is mostly frozen kid dinners and prepared packaged foods. Holy Cow! If she could learn to be frugal and use the free money wisely, she would have a stock pile that would last a very long time.But, in order to be frugal you can't be so lazy. You have to cook, organize and plan.

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Fri, 03-06-2009 - 10:48pm

That is more than I spend FORSURE!

GGGRRRRRRRRRR

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Sat, 03-07-2009 - 2:04am
This was definately an interesting article. When I looked into getting food stamps here in CA, I think I was only being offered about $200 a month for a family of 3. We actually didn't qualify, because DH's unemployment is *just* over the monthly amount. Fortunately for us, it would have helped tremendously, but I would spent more out of pocket if I had to, because I am not going to risk being out of the things we eat on a regular basis.
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