What would I do with $526/month in food stamps?!
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|Wed, 10-06-2010 - 12:23pm|
Since I was laid off last month, I applied for food stamps - not realizing what an exorbant amount they would give me. My caseworker called today and said we've been approved for $526/month. Umm . . . wow! For me, DH, and DD, we've averaged $335/month this year (up a little because we've been eating out less). I estimate we spend anohter $105 on our foster son (but we don't get food stamps for him - we are reimbursed through the county a daily rate). So even with the 4 of us, I'm estimating $440/month.
I know I could just shop like normal and have a surplus (it's good for 12 months) - and if we don't use it, we don't use it - but I'm also considering a slight change in my purchasing habits. I certainly won't buy just name brands or refuse to shop at Aldi/Save-a-Lot b'cuz that's silly, but I'm thinking we will eat a little more fresh fruit (I've been trying to get DH to change his eating habits anyway!) and also possibly buying some organic stuff. I've never bought organic food before mainly b'cuz it's so much more expensive - but I'm considering it.
I'm just so surprised by the amount we're receiving.