Post # 1
A distant relative just applied for food stamps, they are receiving $995 a month for three kids and two adults! We and my FI both work and we have a child and no way couldbe afford $1,000 a month in only groceries! This money is for food only, they have a separate allowance for non food, including cigs……
I feel like if you both aren’t working maybe you should feel a little poor you know?? How does getting $1,000 a month in food stamps encourage you to work!? They had steak for breakfast the other day! This is so frustrating……
We budget to spend $500 a month, this includes toiletries
Post # 3
For my FI & I we spend about $350-$400 per month including toiletries.
Post # 4
We spend aroung $150 every two weeks (just FI and I) I pick up odds and ends some weeks, so maybe $350 total.
Post # 5
Wow that does seem like a lot! We spend less than $400 on food for us in a month.
Post # 6
We probably spend $500 a month on food groceries, but there’s only two of us, no kids. And we don’t go out to eat, we make every meal at home. I can easily see needing double that for three kids
I don’t think the point of food stamps is to make anyone feel how poor they are or inspire them to find work. They’re just supposed to help people buy food.
Post # 7
@Missloveknot: Well, if you divide that up, that works out to $200 pp per month, or $50 or less a week per person. That’s less than $10 a day. A better comparison for your family would be if your groceries totalled $600 or less, which is comparable to your current budget.
I of course think that there are changes that could be made to social services in North America, but there are so many things that go into those calculations. It could also really depend on where your distant relative lives…. are they in your city/state?
Post # 8
Well, we spend about $400 a month also. But, food prices vary wildly by region. Are they in an expensive city? Are their kids older? Older kids eat a crap ton of food… they are always hungry!
Post # 9
That does seem kind of high, even for a family of 5.
We spend a friggin’ fortune on groceries. We recently turned over a new leaf and have started to eat much more healthy but that’s even more expensive than what we were eating before. A good week will be around $150 but we’ve had weeks where we spend upwards of $200 and that’s JUST for 2 of us. I went to the grocery store yesterday with a post it note list (so, like 5 or 6 things) and still ended up spending $60. That was after a $163 shopping trip on Saturday.
Post # 10
That may be higher because it is probably designed to allow for formula costs.
We spend about $500 a month, but live in a really expensive city and eat organic. We don’t really buy much that’s processed, and all the raw food actually costs quite a lot.
Post # 11
Food stamps increases greatly when you have kids. I know someone who gets $800.00 a month with four kids and they do go through it, but not eating steaks for breakfast (and maybe they had leftover steaks with their eggs, who knows). Don’t judge and assume getting food stamps means you don’t feel like working or encourages laziness. You do have to go in for reviews and prove income and it takes into account all your bills, so they determine it based upon all of your expenses (rent/mortage, utlities, etc.). And if you’re not working, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat [well/healthy] and feel poor, especially since children are involved. No one deserves the right to feel poor. My disabled parents get food stamps because they can’t work. They get $96.00 a month.
Anyway, we budget $240.00 a month on groceries, which includes food, paper goods, and toiletries. We coupon.
Post # 12
They don’t buy formula, their youngest is 2. It just seems so unbalanced that I work my ass off and even when I have 3 kids $1,000 a month will be a stretch on groceries, definitely a sacrifice of other things, and two adults not working automatically get $1,000… Plus more, free cell phones!
People on assistance should at least be asked volunteer. I just want to add, this is for a couple, not a single mom.
Post # 13
I do alot of couponing and I hate walmart but love that they ad match so we with 2 kids spend around 400 a month. I wont get into the whole food stamp because I know that many people do need this help but I also know some people that abuse the system and it kind of upsets me so any who.
Post # 14
We spend about $300 a month on groceries. We’ve recently started buying healthier foods which are more expensive but we always try to keep staples around the house. We very rarely spend $400 a month on groceries and that includes having to buy special grain free dog food for a 70 pound dog.
Post # 15
@Missloveknot: If you’re on assistance, it means you need help. Not all people abuse the system as you are maybe thinking these people do. And if you volunteer, you have less time to find work. My disabled parents who are on disablity and food stamps can’t volunteer. They need assistance, hence why they are on it. My parents got a free cell phone, too. This subject is very close to me, so if you want to discuss it in depth, I’d be happy to.
Post # 16
@BetterSher I know they use it, I would too! But because I have a child I realize his grocery bill is not equal to a single person, i cook dinner, a meal that feeds two of us would easily feed a few kids as well and if you area qualified for stamps the kids are also eating free lunch.
I am not judging what people do with what they are handed, but i feel it’s excessive. I do find it frustrating that my FI make a good combined living and cant spend that much on groceries. But you can do nothing and get $1,000 a month.,