To start this challenge, I went out and bought some groceries. I planned my trip to the 48-hour sale at County Market. They were having some great specials and I also had coupons for nearly all items. I saved a TON, paying $50 on nearly $120 in groceries. But this made me realize that to get those coupons, you either have to get the paper (which costs money) or you have to have access to a computer with internet and a printer. So it costs money to save that money.
You'll notice I spent more than the SNAP allotment of $30 on groceries. That's not only because I decided to do daily totals instead of weekly, but also because I bought things that food stamps wouldn't pay for. Things like toilet bowl cleaner ($1.99 x2), dish detergent (2.99), laundry detergent (2.49), and toilet paper (4.99). But these are still things that everyone needs. And somehow recipients of SNAP have to figure out how to pay for them and I would imagine that some of that money comes from their initial food budget, therefore further necessitating SNAP assistance. One thing I learned is that the Eastern Illinois Food Bank accepts donations of toiletries, cleaning products and pet food to help with this.