Alright, I have to speak out to this. I got laid off Sept 08, and knowing no one was going to be hiring for at least a year, signed up for college and also got myself my MHIC license so I could get whatever came down the line.
With the college expenses for a Home Inspection license, and no health insurance for my kids, and the expenses of everyday life plus a business start up, I was forced to apply for food stamps. It was embarrassing to go to the store as a contractor and paying with an EBT card, but that's the reality.
However, as a thrifty grocery shopper for 40 years, I have developed certain habits that I am very proud of. I go early Sunday to get last day sale meat for my freezer, which I fill with whatever is on sale. Sometimes it's pork chops, sometimes chicken, sometimes beef, but I always stock up on what's on sale and store accordingly.
Then came food stamps. I did the same habits for me and my son, and after 3 or 4 months, not knowing how much was left on the account, I called the phone number and holy crap, I had over 1,000 dollars still on the card! I'm sorry, but we just plain couldn't eat that much! So, since I was coming up for renewal/ review, I went out and bought lobster, scallops, shrimp, T-bones, Fillet Mignon and such just because my freezer is so small and can only hold so much volume.
My thoughts were that if I didn't spend it, they would think I didn't need it, so I went to friends for help spending the money, I mean, i didn't want to lose my benefit and have to spend the time to re-apply, so I had to do what I had to do. We had limited freezer space, so we had to buy T-bones, lobster, crab, fillet Mignon just to get it spent and still have A way to store it!
So if you see a 300 lb person buying high end food with an EBT card, yo will be able to understand the reality of the situation!
Thank the good Lord I'm off them now!