Sunday, August 18, 2013

Budgeting for Food Stamps

Another eating on food stamps article popped up today. This time it was our local Indy Star with the propaganda. Food stamps, SNAP, is the supplemental nutrition assistance program, and comes in combination with other benefits for our massive underclass. The logic that this is ALL a person has for buying food is a joke. A person on food stamps might work, might receive WIC, might receive SSI, SSDI, section 8 or workers comp. Those benefits are separate from food stamps, so shouldn't there be some scratch for food on top of food stamps? Yes, of course, but that is logical. This is American media, so sentiment rules, facts be damned. To help all of these stunt "I was on food stamps for a week" articles, here is how a single person can budget on the $132 they get a month through SNAP.

5 greek yogurts at Kroger cost $4
Dozen eggs $3
Bag of 6 english muffins $1.25

You can buy a combination of the above 3 items to make 30 breakfast meals for cheap. Try 10 yogurts, 2 dozen eggs and 1 bag of muffins for $15.25.

4 containers of lunch meat $3 container
4 loaves of bread $1-2/loaf

If you're on food stamps, you're poor. This is supposedly temporary though as the liberals always proclaim, so you might have to tough it out. It's not a permanent lifestyle per SWPLs and disingenuous white liberals. A month of sandwiches will cost you $16.

Stouffer's French bread pizza ($3.50 for 2 pizzas)
Box of spaghetti $1
Economy jar of sauce $0.88
Can of vegetables $0.80/can
Economy bag of rice $5
Chicken breasts $10/pack of 3 breasts

There is no wide variety of foods here, but the food is simple, and you can spice it up with whatever sauces or spice you want. A box of spaghetti and big jar of sauce (if frozen) can make 4 spaghetti meals easy. Those are your Wednesdays. Friday night is Stouffer's night, so 2 boxes will cover those 4 nights. Now for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. That is 20 nights. The bag of rice will cover every side starch, and a can of vegetables will last two meals, so 10 cans will do. A women (the journalist) should have half a chicken breast per meal, but let us allow for 5 packages of chicken for $50. All of that together adds up to $72.

Grand total: $103.25. The journalist would have $29 to spare on whatever food they want as a treat that are food stamps eligible monster energy drink, fried chicken, pre-made sandwiches or McDonald's. I'll admit this was easy since my uncle volunteered for a Catholic charity that set up a chart for how to budget for different levels of SNAP funds.

It is possible to live on food stamps. It's also not a bad thing if people on food stamps have to eat limited meals that piss them off, which might give them inspiration to get off food stamps. This is not the point of these political stunts or journalist experiments. Cory Booker did this and blew through his meal allowance with Starbucks (for a pedicure I bet). The entire point of the article is to deflect from fools like in the video here, the nation of fat asses around you on food stamps, and stories of food stamps used for scams. This journalist is engaging in the fraudulent life is hard reporting like in Nickel and Dimed. A priest from the journalist class sinks down to the poor's level to live on their wages and welfare yet never changes their way of living. They still do their lifestyle but with no money, see it not work, then claim the poor can't get by at all. The goal is to get middle and upper-middle class people to see that it is so tough and these programs shouldn't be evaluated for the effects, incentives or outcomes. The poor are a prop in the short sob story in the paper. The government programs need to be kept because these completely innocent poor people with no control over their life have it so rough *sniff sniff*. You need to feel bad for these people or else you're an awful person.

Look, look how weakling journalists can't make it on $132 a month for food only!!! The 2.7 billion 3rd worlders living on $2 or less a day collectively rolled their eyes.

Thanks for linkage Cap.


Inane Rambler said...

I mean this post is great and all, but unfortunately the people who need to see it and learn from it will do neither, and if they do the former it is certain that they won't learn.

TPTB, whether you call them the Cathedral or whatever, have to push the wants and needs of large centralized governance or they become irrelevant.

Son of Brock Landers said...

It's a bit tongue in cheek as well. I recreated my single man diet sliced down a bit. Food isnt expensive, if you take the time to cook.

Portlander said...

You can add a free school lunch to the gravy train.

FWIW, in Oregon a family of 5 qualifies for over $750/month in food stamps. $25/day is pretty easy eating:

A dozen eggs, 1/4 lb butter, quart of milk, 0.5lb of good bacon is about $9 (2+.5+2+4 respectively).

Lunch is covered for the kids, and adults don't need it unless they are really active.

So that leaves dinner. 2lbs of red meat, 2lbs rice or potatoes, 1/4 lb butter, 1 bunch leafy greens is about $14 (10+.5+.5+3 respectively).

$2/day on average to spare. That's $60 over the course of a month to fill-in things like coffee, sugar & flour, ice cream & chocolate, spices, sauces, beans instead of rice or potatoes.

Theoretically I'd be with Half Sigma that the US should end all welfare and just institute a citizen allowance (not his exact word for it), except 1) we'd need to fix the immigration problem and no one in power is willing to, and 2) an overwhelming majority of people would use their allowance to inflate housing prices, much as women entering the workforce did. So in theory, it's a nice idea, but in practice, it wouldn't change anything, except make 20-somethings even more lackadaisical -- not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, but in practice... :)

Creative EBT Adventures said...

Most of the people I know who utilize EBT (electronic benefits transfer), what you referred to as SNAP or "food stamps", are lacto-vegetarians or vegans. So that automatically removes the need and expense to buy meat.

We manage to buy non-genetically modified and organic food at reasonable prices on "food stamps" because we don't buy packaged junk like gmo and gluten laden bagels.

We buy produce, fruit, rice, quinoa, buckwheat and millet in bulk, as well as seeds for planting and sprouting both of which are high yielding so a little goes a long way and we get a big bang for our EBT buck.

We also buy herbs and plant replant them in larger pots so they grow and expand.

One can actually eat VERY healthy and even 100% organic on a tight EBT budget provided one takes just a little time to do the math, buy in bulk and not packages, and has some creative fun with planting or aeroponically sprouting seeds.

"Cheese" can be made from those seeds and nuts by the way.