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Popularly known as 'food stamps,' the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program services 21,372,935 households in the United States as of May 2016 (source). If you are a member of one of those households (as I am at the time of this writing), using these benefits in lieu of cash presents unique challenges. These benefits generally only apply to groceries that are not sold hot and don't come from the deli section of a grocer. Further limiting the usefulness of SNAP is the fact that not every grocery store accepts it. That said, food stamps are still a wonderful resource for low-income individuals and families and can be stretched nearly as far as cash with some smart planning. Below are some tips on how to make the most of your benefits.
Although these tips may seem obvious, they're things that my family had to learn the hard way. Hopefully they can help another household get through their season of scarcity as they have helped me.