Written by Vanessa Wit
Shopping on a budget can be extremely difficult. You need to set a plan before going into the stores, or you could come out with a cart full of items that you did not really need and an empty wallet.
Create a shopping list beforehand. Go into the store prepared and knowing what it is you need to create each meal throughout the week. Use Grocery Coupon Network to find out which stores in Washington DC have the best deals this week and also to locate and print out coupons on the items on your list.
A good tip is to find stores in your area that allow you to double your coupons (known as doubling in the coupon world) to get double the value of savings. Not ever store allows this, so you can check with the store's policy online or ask the manager next time you are shopping.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available to everyone that needs it in the Washington DC area, no matter what neighborhood you live in:
SNAP is a federally funded and governed food stamp program, intended to help low income families buy food that they need to live a healthy life.
You will need to fill out the Combined Application for Benefits Form to the best of your ability. You can fill out the pdf on your computer and then print out or print and fill the form out by hand.
Once completed, you must sign, date and return to your local Economic Security Administration (ESA) service center office.
These offices are open during:
8:15 am - 4:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and
8:15 am - 7 pm on Wednesday
You can call the local ESA's Customer Service in order to locate the office closest to you:
See below for current monthly gross income standards by number of persons within your household, along with the monthly allotment you would receive. Keep in mind that these numbers can change subject to new laws and standards, so it is important to look on the Washington DC government site to confirm.
Other factors include being a US citizen or legal resident. You cannot have more than $2,000 in assets. If over 60, you can have up to $3,500 in countable assets. There are some governmental assistance programs that are not taken into account when determining your assets.
If you have any questions or concerns about the SNAP program, you can contact:
The Department of Human Services
Phone: (202) 671-4200
Address: 64 New York Ave, NE 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Do not hesitate to reach out to your local representatives. These people are here to help you get through the application process and to receive the benefits that you deserve and that your family needs to stay healthy.
Check back often on Grocery Coupon Network for helpful articles on how to shop smart and save big. There are tips on keeping your food longer- fruits, vegetables and even meats- so you have less waste each week. Great advice on how to organize your coupons and shopping days so that you can have huge savings during each check out.
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