As of 2016, around 46 million American citizens were on food stamps. While this seems like an enormous number (we aren’t denying it) and contrary to 45’s many claims, the amount of people applying to get on welfare is actually declining.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, SNAP benefits can only be used to buy healthy foods like bread, fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. Products like pet food, beer, cigarettes, and wine are strictly forbidden. However, like most things, these are merely guidelines and there are plenty of loopholes to the system if you know where to find them.
Here are some products that make getting food stamps a lot more desirable.
Let’s get right into it! First thing on our list is bail. Yes, plenty of convicted felons have used their EBT card to get money for bail. Drug dealer Kimball Clark reportedly had a friend to go to an ATM to withdraw money from his EBT to get him out of the slammer.
Bet you didn’t know that, did you?
Just because you’re feeling broke doesn’t mean you can’t feel sexy! Stores like Kiss My Lingerie in Louisiana, accept food stamps as a form of payment. Official auditors have said in the past that the store doesn’t violate the rules because of discrepancies in their state’s law.
Last time I checked, gourmet cupcakes weren’t a healthy food choice, but it’s a food choice nevertheless. We suppose it would be nice to splurge a little on a birthday celebration here or there, but is a gourmet cupcake really that delicious?