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Why is it that everyone on food stamps is fat?
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9 months ago
They dont look like that. True story. New Section 8 housing has pools and fitness centers and are nicer than most regular apts and the govt pays for them.
Because you're not allowed to spend foodstamps on a gym membership.
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It might help if they don't blow them all on lobster, crab legs, ribeye steaks, and filet mignon as soon as they get them. And I'm not exaggerating either, I work in a grocery store and see it without fail during the first few days of the month.
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True, that doesn't help either, but they're not all like that.
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They aren't just an unfortunate amount. I get it, those are delicious things, but if you are on a limited budget that you are depending on for your survival[as the system was intended for use by the unfortunate], you really should be trying to stretch that as best as you can. Maybe instead of some fresh yellowfin tuna at $15.99 a pound, maybe canned tuna. Instead of rib eyes, maybe a bunch of cube steak. If you are on a beer budget, you can't afford to have champagne taste.
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Not disagreeing with you, but I'd be willing to bet that most of the people who use food stamps like that are scamming the system, and have other forms of undocumented income to live off of.
Me, I was talking about the people trying to conscientiously stretch their budget of food stamps, and doing so means not being able to always buy healthy food. I myself am on a tight budget in Canada, and when it's on sale I can buy a case of KD mac & cheese (12 boxes) for $6. Skipping a meal, that makes 2 meals a day for 12 days for $6, plus the cost of milk and butter. It's not the healthiest food, but it's the best option budget-wise.
Sure, ideally there's bags of rice, but ideal isn't always realistic. North Americans aren't in the habit of eating rice for every meal.
I'm in a similar situation myself. Part of what has helped me I guess is that my wife works third shift so when I have dinner at night, instead of sitting alone in the kitchen, I watch cooking shows on youtube, many of which feature recipes that are cheap and easy. I freqently cheap for mark downs when shopping. And when possible, I try to make dishes I can get multiple meals out of to help stretch things a bit, especially soup and pasta dishes. Sometimes I'll make a pot of instant soup, which itself is not very filling at all and very watery, but I'll make some simple Norfolk dumplings to drop into it, which are basically made with nothing more than flour, water, salt, and whatever herbs or spices you like. They're as simple as it gets and they hit your stomach like a rock but they are filling and kind of a nice cheap and easy comfort food, especially on a cold day. And admittedly I am blessed with an Aldis up the street from my apartment which helps. Also, try making kush sometime. It was covered on an episode of the 18 century cooking show Townsends on Youtube. very easy and cheap to make. It's basically cornbread hash made with old cornbread[the fifty cent pack of cornbread mix are perfect for the cornbread used here], bacon, the onions of your choice[I prefer frozen pearl], Italian seasoning, and chicken broth[although I like to use apple cider when possible].
Europeans (like me) do have a habit of eating a lot of rice.
I agree with everything said above, but sometimes 'healthy' food can actually be worse.
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