This hardly ever happens but we’re at the end of the month and there’s a balance of $161.00 left on our EBT card.
It wasn’t a result of my super frugal domestic goddessly skills, unfortunately. Faux-Hubby works at the grocery store we usually shop at. We’re a car-free family and hubby usually uses the bus to get back and forth from work ,except for a couple days a week when he works a shift that isn’t compatible with the bus schedule. On those days, a co-worker who lives in our general vicinity is nice enough to give him a ride home and since he has a ride home , those are the times he’ll bring home some groceries. But this month, his work schedule was shifted and long story short….it’s a pain in the ass to walk a mile to the bus stop carrying a ton of groceries. So, we didn’t really go real grocery shopping at all until this past week. I cleaned out the freezers and cupboards and used up what we had.
Our Thanksgiving was not bad compared to some. We scored a turkey for 49¢ a pound with $25 worth of groceries. We had the usual Turkey Day fare. Made Turkey Soup with the carcass and stretched the leftovers over a couple of days.
I’m relieved we have a positive balance. We don’t get our next month’s issuance until the 9th of December but we won’t need to go grocery shopping until after that, anyway. It’s going to be really important that we shop frugally this month. Last week , Faux-Hubby hurt himself at work and is out of work until further notice. It’s a preexisting condition exacerbated by work , so he’s not eligible for worker’s comp, just disability. So, money is going to be even tighter than before , which means we won’t have cash to fall back on if we use our whole SNAP allotment. SNAP is supposed to be a “supplement” to household income but there are actually some people who’s only source of income is food stamps. I’ve always been grateful that , even if we have to do some clever shifting of finances, we at least have some cash we can resort to when our SNAP balance is at $0.
This month might be interesting.
The advantage to having Faux-Hubby home is that I can focus on my Etsy shop. It’s been super hard with my toddler home with me. I know…it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard but gah, that kid is into everything and he likes to help (which is the exact opposite of helping).
I have no doubt I’ll be able to pull a holiday dinner off but as someone mentioned in the post-Thanksgiving summary that readers generously submitted to, the holidays are at the end of the month and they’re mostly worried about taking care of the entire month ,not just one day.
Now, I was wondering…with a lot of people eager to do a SNAP Challenge to gain perspective on what it’s like to shop and eat with a food stamp budget…is anyone willing to do a Christmas Meal Challenge?
This would follow the same guidelines as my Aw, SNAP! Challenge but would specifically apply to shopping for the whole week of Christmas using a budget of the state average where they live (generally, around $33/week….which I have to add, no one ever seems to receive nearly this amount so you’ve got an advantage over most people who actually receive SNAP). Your average amount includes ALL food and drink you have during the time you’re doing the challenge. If you can’t buy it somewhere that doesn’t accept EBT, you can’t buy it. Yes, this means you have to make your own coffee at home for the week and no eating meals out. If someone wants to participate but doesn’t have their own blog, they’re more than welcome to do a guest post on mine.
For anyone who receives SNAP, I invite you to do the same…share your Holiday meal experience this December. If you’re not able to have a holiday meal, tell me about it. If you are, tell me about your shopping and meal planning . You can send me your submission at jupitersinclair[at]gmail[dot]com. I will publish in a post a few days after Christmas.