You’d think I hadn’t shopped in a month – not a week.
Monday was grocery day and I visited two stores that are accessible by public transportation (although reading these maps has proven difficult – I have tried to include the bus route):
If I am reading the Eligible Food Items list correctly on the SNAP website, there were only two purchases that I made that do not qualify: paper towels and a bouquet of flowers (a rare treat for myself!)
My purchase at Aldi totaled of $130.79. That means that $124.31 was eligible.
At Walmart, I spent $155.45 with $68.94 being groceries that are SNAP eligible.
So, my total SNAP spending was $193.25.
This will feed my family of 5 for the next week:
35 breakfasts, 37 lunches and 25 dinners
This only works for me because I have made a conscious effort to meal plan, read labels and try not to pass along my chocolate cravings to my kids (so far – not working).
I purchased 8 fruits and vegetables and 13 protein items that could be used as the main dish in meals. And as you all have seen, we are a snacking family too – so there are plenty of cookies, granola bars, chips, etc in there too.
Help me to help others learn to meal plan, eat healthier and use their SNAP benefits wisely.