Food stamps, or SNAP benefits, go to families with low income in order to afford healthy food.
Recipients use their EBT cards, or electronic benefits transfer card, to pay for their food. Sometimes they can use them for food and other things as well.
Check with your state to be sure, but there are some great deals and discounts available to EBT cardholders in some places.
They can also be used for cash back programs offered to customers.
Check out these things you can use your EBT card for that aren’t food related
Amazon Prime has a membership worth $5.99 for those that are get EBT or Medicaid benefits. You need to prove you get these things to qualify.
A membership is regularly $12.99, so the discount is over 50%. The membership also comes with free 2-day shipping and streaming services.
YMCA offers low income people a discount, so if you qualify for SNAP you may qualify for a membership discount.
The membership comes with programs like daycare, sports for kids, and summer camps.
You also may need to provide proof of income periodically to keep your discount.
Museums also offer discounts for people with food stamps.
By showing your card you can get cheap or free admission. Call ahead to double check.
Related: Are you supposed to work while on food stamps, or SNAP benefits? Are food stamps different for people with no kids?
Sometimes gift baskets can be purchased with EBT cards if their contents are food, like boxed meat and cheeses.
A basket with a stuffed animal or toys is not eligible for purchase.
Participating fast food establishments like Papa Murphy’s will take EBT cards in every state.
Stores that sell food that you need to take home and cook usually also counts towards food you can purchase with an EBT card.
Burger King, Dairy Queen and Taco Bell accept EBT cards, but it’s always good to check ahead first.
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