At the beginning of every month, single mothers everywhere get a lump some of WIC and SNAP and sometime TANF benefits uploaded onto their card and before the month is over they are scrambling to make their meals stretch, here’s how that can be avoided.
1. Understand the benefits
The Women and Children program comes with certain items that you can purchase with your WIC Card.
- Peanut Butter
- Dairy Product
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Unlike WIC, the only restriction is that you cannot buy hot food or alcoholic beverages, or paper goods.
Single mothers get anywhere from $160 to $700 a month in SNAP benefits on top of their WIC benefits.
2. Come up with a plan
Most moms who have SNAP benefits also have WIC benefits. Therefore if you have both plan accordingly. Buy what you can with you WIC benefits first. That means on the top of your grocery list, write out what you can get with WIC. After that write out your everything else that you need. Then when you get ready to checkout at the grocery store, make sure you swipe your WIC card first, then your SNAP card and then you ATM card if need be. This will allow you to get the most out of your benefits.
3. Follow the law
You have understand that theses benefits are to help you feed your family. They are not for selling or sharing that’s against federal law and will affect you receiving benefits in the future.
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