Food Stamps Cooking Club: NEWS FLASH!

October 8th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »


One of the faithful contributors to this blog has notified us that there is a news item from the Associated Press and she wanted to share it:

It appears on and chronicles the shopping habits of users of public assistance.  If YOU have an EBT card for SNAP or WIC you will surely want to check it out.

Hopefully, you will return to this page and report your interpretation of this important development as reported to us by Paula.   HURRY!  I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Connie Baum

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  1. I’d personally like to see food stamps split into two allotments a month. I was once in a situation where payday was once a month for other reasons; and that was just too long in between a big grocery run!

    Yes, one can split up grocery expense half and half … but how many people do?

    During the past two years, I have been getting Angel Food, and that is a once-a-month delivery. But I’m mixing those groceries up with supermarket trips throughout the month.

  2. Webmaster says:

    Well, Paula, I think that the more options users of SNAP and WIC learn about, the easier it will be to determine how best to manage those food dollars.

    Your idea of splitting the allotments is very interesting. I wonder what kind of accounting issues that might create, if any?

    It’s difficult to split the grocery expense in half even though it could be done…it is a learned art, perhaps.

    We are SO grateful for the Angel Food program; it is helping so many now who have lost employment in this part of our state.

    Thanks for popping in. And thank you again for sharing the link to YOU ARE A GEM!

    Mother Connie

  3. I read Paula’s article this morning, thought about it all day, and wrote about the same thing myself this evening. Funny how our minds work.

  4. Webmaster says:

    Oh, iamtheworkingpoor! You know that great minds think alike, don’t you? grin

    Paula has a wealth of information on her site. I don’t know how she does it all. There are SO MANY club members whose lives are shining examples and I admire greatly!

    Thanks for popping in to share. Now I have to scoot–I have not read that blog post of yours YET.

    Mother Connie

  5. Maxine says:

    I used to be a newspaper reporter. It has long been well-known (in the trade, at least) that the best food specials occur during the first weekend of the month. Nearly everyone gets paid–whether wages or government payments–within a few days of the 1st. Even people who get paid every other week are bound to get a check close to the 1st. The second-best specials have typically been the 3rd weekend of the month. People who get paid once a month, near the 1st, will do well to expand their food storage and try to do most of their shopping then.

    Here is a link to a blogger that typically shops once a month, plans monthly menus and buys several Angel Food boxes each month. We could all learn a lot from her!

  6. Webmaster says:

    Ooooooooooh, Maxine! Thank you SO MUCH for that tidbit! I visited that site…it is adorable and helpful. I left a comment there and “blamed” you for linking us up. I do hope to hear from this blogger.

    Do you love that we are building community, with all the gifts everyone brings? My heart is so full it may burst!

    Thanks again, Maxine. And if you visitors who come by here would just take a moment to cruise on over to I know it would please that blogger. If you leave your comment there, that would be supreme! Thanks.

    Is it any wonder I love my life?

    With thanks and hugs,
    Mother Connie

  7. Following up with Maxine … Third week of the month is typically a good week for supermarket specials at the stores in southeast Michigan. Different mix of items than during first week, but yes, I’ve definitely noticed that trend.

  8. Webmaster says:

    Maxine, I am just astonished at the information you and the blogger from Connecticut have shared. I must have a bushel basket over my head that I have not made those observations.

    This is one more reason why we need one another in this ole’ world!

    Thanks again, Maxine.

    Big Bear Hugs,
    Mother Connie