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SNAP benefits can buy more than groceries! You can grow your own food from seeds and plants.

This time of year, the main aisles of grocery stores are filled with seed displays; and, in a few more weeks, fruit, vegetable and herb plants will appear just outside their main entrances.  I am always drawn in by the colorful photos and overwhelming selection.  One day I hope to actually build a raised bed[…] Read More

Buying an Easter ham, eggs (and mayo), and a chocolate Easter bunny would be easier if you had an extra $16

Family traditions and get-togethers can make for an enjoyable Easter.  In my household, regardless of one’s age, we have a hardboiled egg-smashing contest, an Easter egg hunt with egg-by-egg clues until reaching a sugary prize at the very end, and my personal stash of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Many families come together for potluck meals where[…] Read More

The world has changed – finding whole-wheat pasta is easier than ever!

Just a few years ago, finding whole-wheat pasta was like finding a needle in a haystack!  The choices were few, the costs were high, and only brand names were available.  Not so any more – the pasta sections in stores are now larger, and within the section there is often a “regular pasta” area and[…] Read More

If you had SNAP benefits for you, then your money could buy pet food

When money is tight, you may struggle with putting food on the kitchen table for your family and at the same time, having sufficient food for your pets.  While SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase food for human consumption, using SNAP would mean budgeted grocery dollars are then freed up for other uses[…] Read More