My neighbor is bringing dinner up to the apartment tonight
By NJ Chicaa
November 29, 2021 11:58am CST
My downstairs neighbor and I are good friends. We've had dinner together several times. We exchanged Christmas gifts last year. I watched her dog while she was out of the state for several days. Anyway she has told me a few times between her disability check and the child support she receives she lives on $2000 a month. Rent here is almost $1300. Then she has her car payment, utilities, cell phone and cable bills, credit card bills, etc. She does get some assistance with utilities because her income is under a certain limit. She was getting something stupid like $45 in food stamps but with COVID relief and whatever else it has been jacked up to several hundred dollars per month. She didn't know that and discovered that she had $1400 in her account. So what did she do? She hosted Thanksgiving for her sister, nephew, and son. She made a tiny turkey and also served lobster tails and snow crab legs. I don't even know how she is allowed to buy lobster tails and crab legs with food stamps. I don't even buy lobster tails! Sooooo she has 3 extra packages of them and her son has visitation with his father tonight. She is going to bring 2 packs up here along with some leftovers from Thanksgiving. I'm not going to say no to free lobster. I just can't believe she can buy it with food stamps.
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• United States
I'm all for helping people. I don't have a problem with some social programs. But I do not believe that food stamps should be allowed to be spent on certain kinds of foods. I know that goes against all of the freedom arguments, but when one can social program money on that kind of thing or on cereals that are candy-coated, instead of oatmeal and fresh fruit etc, I have a problem with those things. And the fact that everything is now on a card that looks like a credit card, no one knows the difference so nobody is embarrassed.
• United States
@NJChicaa I understand. I don't pay attention to those things, but people don't seem to have a problem using EBT anymore. I know that at one point I have qualified, but would never apply for it. Now I'm not sure that I would, but I also don't have a problem living within my means, concerning my food budget. I will buy food that may not be fit for a king but one would never know it. And, when the community has a free food box giveaway, just because they end up throwing it away, and they will give a box to anyone, not just those who are openly in need or registered as such, but to the whole community, then I take advantage of that and work within it. It doesn't make me any better than, but I just cannot find myself being wasteful, and I want to be a good Steward with what I do have. I also understand about living on an income such as you explain. My rent is $1,500 currently, and I don't get any other break or assistance withutilities or anything else. I'm doing my best to pay off my One credit card and have made some good progress, every month whatever I have left over minus 20%, I pay on that card. Hopefully I will have it completely paid off in 2022. At one point it was nearly $25k balance.
Good for you to be eating lobster ( although I prefer crab). But the US food stamps are not something I can understand. I think that if everybody is helping you to pay for your food (as in food stamps) you should use them only in certain food.
• East Tawas, Michigan
When my children were small and living with me, I applied for food stamps. For one month the gave me a voucher for $12! I told them to keep their social services, for someone else All three of us worked, to keep our household flowing smoothly.