Starting today, November 1st , the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is scheduled to end. What does this mean? A $29 cut in benefits for a family of 3, lowering the per meal per person average to less than $1.40.
What can you do? You can fight these cuts by using coupons to lower your out of pocket total, and make your food stamps stretch farther.
Here are some ways you can use coupons to your advantage:
- If you shop at Publix, ask for the list of competitor coupons that they accept. Stack these coupons with Manufacturer coupons to maximize savings.
- Sign up for Baby Clubs, if applicable. Both Winn Dixie and Publix offer them, and the coupons you receive each month often are for meat and staple items. You can sign for Publix Baby Club here and Winn Dixie Baby Club here.
A word of caution, there are some taxable situations you need to be aware of when using coupons. There is a very good article on the Florida Department of Revenue that explains how tax is calculated on coupons.
Please let me know if you have any questions about how to use coupons with food stamp benefits, and I will do my best to help you.