You Can’t Buy Any of This Stuff With Your EBT Card in WA
YOU DOWN WITH EBT? YEAH, YOU KNOW ME!
There may come a time in your life when you need a little government assistance to survive. It can happen to the best of us. I have never looked down on anyone who was on food stamps. My parents had to use it when I was a kid when they fell on hard times. I myself had to go on SNAP benefits and food stamps for a while there when I found myself being a brand new single mother with an infant and working part-time jobs to make ends meet and pay for day care. Life gets rough out here sometimes. I remember being so grateful to have qualified for EBT, SNAP Benefits, and WIC. I had no idea about the things you cannot buy with an EBT card in Washington.
IT CAN BE CONFUSING AT FIRST WHEN YOU GET AN EBT CARD
Times have changed since they used to give you a food stamp booklet and sent you off with a few large sticks of government cheese and bid you adieu. Nowadays, in our era of modern convenience, you can buy groceries using an EBT card. You can even buy groceries online with an EBT card if you need to, you just pay out of your own pocket for delivery fees and tips for the delivery driver. Instead of government cheese, you actually get to pick out what you need amongst the approved cheese list in a regular grocery aisle.
CAN YOU BUY FAST FOOD WITH EBT CARDS IN WASHINGTON STATE?
Some states in America even let you buy fast food with an EBT card. Some of these states are not in close proximity to the Mainland. Washington state, however, does not participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. See the list of the 7 participating states here where you can use an EBT to get fast food.
GROSS INCOME LIMITS IN WASHINGTON STATE:
Gross income limits are set annually by the United States Department of Food and Agriculture. If you want to see if you qualify for SNAP Benefits/EBT in 2023 and you are NOT elderly* or disabled*, here are the gross monthly income limits for you:
If you have 1 person in your household, you cannot make more than $1869 a month.
If you have 2 people in your household, you cannot make more than $1,984 a month.
If you have 3 people in your household, you cannot make more than $2,495 a month.
If you have 4 people in your household, you cannot make more than $3,007 a month.
If you have 5 people in your household, you cannot make more than $3,518 a month.
If you have 6 people in your household, you cannot make more than $4,029 a month.
If you have 7 people in your household, you cannot make more than $4,541 a month.
If you have 8 people in your household, you cannot make more than $5,052 a month.
*Elderly and disabled persons gross income limit thresholds are higher. You can view them here.
+ If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam, your gross monthly income threshold is higher. Get more info here.
** If you live in Puerto Rico, get more info on your SNAP eligibility rules here.
TAKE NOTE: YOU CANNOT BUY THESE 10 THINGS WITH EBT CARDS IN WA
1 . Alcoholic Beverages
2 . Cigarettes/Tobacco products
3 . Vitamins, Medicines, and Supplements
4 . Foods that are sold hot, including hot coffee or hot tea
5 . Pet Food
6 . Hygiene Products
7 . Cosmetics and Grooming Items
8 . Cleaning Supplies, Paper Products, and Household Products
9 . Soaps and Lotions
10 . Diapers or Baby Wipes
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