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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    Link: Living On $4 A Day - Let the hateful comments begin...
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    Would like to know how many of the 50 million have cell phones, cars, dvds, cable, internet, playstations, pets, a basket full of kids......
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    What the poor in America have
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    This is bullsh*t. She could totally pick up an expired can of pumpkin mix or old red beans at the food bank.
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    12chars Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    @edana here is how low income families get cell phones
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    My fiance is a store manager at "X Drug store chain"; unfortunately he sees A LOT of people abusing food stamps. Daily he has people come in with their EBT cards buying soda and chips and then getting cash back to buy cigarettes and/or beer. Food stamps should be treated like WIC. Only necessary foods. You don`t need cigarettes and cheetos is you are using tax payer money to survive.
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    I think she could have don`t better with her 4$..
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    @12chars It should be for land lines only. People survived for a VERY long time on just landlines and before that...without phones!

    Every month on my cable/internet bill I notice a fee that goes toward providing internet for people who can`t afford it. It is not a necessity to survive. There are these things called libraries, they usually have internet free of charge. I am fine paying that fee if it goes to public services like that; but not to Betty Joe who uses her food stamps to buy alcohol and cigarettes while her children are hungry.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    Food stamps = free (cheap; unhealthy) food

    Make your own money = eat healthy

    Healthy food is frakking expensive, you Liberal morons!
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    @TruTenrMan I hope you are trolling.

    We barely buy any junk food anymore and the amount of money we spend on food has been cut almost in half. Fruits and Vegetables are much cheaper than buying a bag of Doritos. 5 apples for $3 or $4 or 1 bag of chips for $4. Please explain how eating healthy is more expensive...
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    "the wealthiest country on the planet" Aww Americans are so naive <3
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    What is she an amateur? Chicken Top Ramen, an egg and peas. Or Wieneroni (boxed mac & cheese with a cut up hot dog thrown in).
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    pvj2000 Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    That seemed like the right amount of cal for her.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    "Please explain how eating healthy is more expensive..." ~FeelTheRide
    One can of Spaghetti-O`s: $0.99
    Grab Bag of Doritos: $0.99

    Chicken Breasts: $6.50 (approx.)
    Rice: $3.50 (approx.)
    Romaine Lettuce: $3.50 (approx.)
    etc... etc... etc...
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    PirateWillis Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    yea, i`m pretty sure everyone here could do a lot better with our $4 than that.
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    lennyc Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    true many people go hungry, specially children and the elderly, but 4 x 30 = 120 a month! I eat 4-5 healthy meals per day on 100 a month. no junk, no soda, no pre-made meals, no meat everyday.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    @TruTenrMan
    6.50 worth of chicken breast serves more than one person. $3.00 box of instant rice is good for about 15 servings (each serving is 1/2 cup uncooked). $3.00 for a BAG of Romaine lettuce...a head of Iceburg lettuce is usually around .99 a head of romaine is probably a little more.

    Instead of buying a .99 can of spagetti o`s (one meal); buy a .99 box of pasta and .99 jar of sauce (value brand)...you`ll get more than one meal out of that. I still fail to see see how eating healthy is more expensive. Eating unhealthy is not cheaper...it`s just lazy. Instead of actually cooking or preparing anything you just throw something in the microwave or open a bag.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    Sorry, 9 servings of rice in a small instant box...got mine for 1.99
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    McThstlpnts Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Mario Batali did this earlier last year.
    http://tinyurl.com/b3jzb8l
  20. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    FeelTheRide, I just got romaine lettuce Sunday night at Target. It was about that much.

    As for the chicken, one can`t buy a single chicken breast.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    It`s great that you can get 5 apples for 3 bucks, but an apple is not a meal. That is to say, I do think people waste money on junk, but I`m in the difficult food situation myself being a broke college student and it`s not always optimal to buy fresh ingredients that won`t last if not consumed within so many days. It does add up. My current diet consists mostly of ramen and tomato soup with saltines because I can stretch it incredibly far.
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    syke22 Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    I`ve been eating a lot of rice recently because it`s cheap.
    If I get bored of it I just add in some ketchup.
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    should a government be responsible for the care and well being of each and every individual citizen? or should that responsibility fall to the individual citizens themselves? there will always be poor, there will always be rich, there will always be war. history tells us so.
  24. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    well; shopping for groceries at target is more expensive in my experience.

    No, you cannot usually buy a single Chicken breast, but if you buy a package of 2 (which is pretty standard) you have protein for 2 meals...that was my point.

    You can eat healthy on a budget.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    The other problem here is out of all the people on "food stamps" there are many who just abuse it. Where we live, not only do you get food stamps, but you also get "cash assistance". The cash assistance can be used for anything, alcohol, TVs, cigarettes.

    I agree that for the people who really need food assistance $4 is not enough. But states should not be allowing welfare recipients to use that assistance to buy anything that is not a necessity. Cigarettes are not a necessity, alcohol is not a necessity. It happens all too often here in VT.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    @FeelTheRide

    You`re on a bit of a rampage. You might want to step away from the computer for a moment. As someone whose family had gotten food stamps for a considerable amount of time, I`d have to say it is invaluable to those that need it. Now that we don`t get it anymore, we do have do literally empty the cupboards every month. People abuse it, sure, but it really helps other people.

    As far as the cash assistance goes, yeah it shouldn`t be used on booze, but my family got that too and that`s what kept us in toilet paper and deodorant. It`s hard to say what is and isn`t necessary. Where is the line drawn? Should people with food stamps be rejected if they don`t buy the cheapest option in every store because they`re wasting them on more expensive (and yes, often healthier) options?

    Unless you`ve been in the situation, it`s hard for you to see clearly what a struggle it can be and what a relief food stamps are.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
    1950 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    The difference between her and someone who actually eats on $4/day is, the other person doesn`t complain that the bagel was dry...
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    A dry bagel? She should`ve put some ranch on that. One of my favorite meals back in the day was cooking a pack of ramen, draining the water, dumping about half a pack of flavoring, then adding ranch and mixing it together. Gourmet on a budget.
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    Nageki Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    Food stamps themselves cannot be spent on anything other than food. The cash assistance FeelTheRide talks about is not automatically given out if you get food stamps. So your argument about buying stuff that isn`t a necessity is really moot. It may seem like all the people who get food stamps get the cash assistance too, but that is just patently false. Also, there will always be people who abuse the system no matter what you do. Look at the military for instance. We are overpaying for pretty much anything and everything that the military is "researching" or purchasing. And not by a buck or two, but billions, possibly trillions. Don`t blame the poor for all the problems in this country. We aren`t the issue. We are a symptom of the issue.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Listen, I never once said that it isn`t a good program for people that need it. My only complaint was that there should not be a cash allowance. I didn`t say that you should only buy the cheapest option. Please do not put words in my mouth.

    #2. you have no idea what I have struggled through. I have gone months eating nothing but scraps because of my bills and unemployment...but I was not eligible for assistance...because I made too much on unemployment (923 a month). I had to break a lease because my 923 a month could barely cover my bills and food let alone my 800 rent; which has now caused me $2300 more in debt. I know struggle, so don`t assume that I don`t. I STILL struggle My fiance and I bust our asses at work. We can barely make ends meet. Because I complain that there are things with the system that need to be fixed does NOT mean that I don`t know struggle.
  31. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Nageki, everyone I have come into contact with in this state who is on food stamps gets cash allowance as well. It does vary from state to state though.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    I never said that `you` said that. I was posing my own question. Hence the question mark.

    And if you know what it`s like to live like that (which is my family`s current situation right now except with disability), then maybe you shouldn`t be so quick to judge. If you know what scraps are like then it`s hard to say `well just eat healthy, it`s cheap`.

    Healthy food `is` expensive. I`m not saying people shouldn buy huge bags of potato chips or gallons of ice cream, but I know the stuff I purchase from the store isn`t bad. Hell, I had to stop my healthy diet just because I couldn`t afford it. All it consisted of was a Greek yogurt in the morning, a turkey sandwich (bread, 2 slices of turkey, and a single slice of cheese) and exactly 6 pretzels, and a simple dinner of a meat and vegetable, because I couldn`t afford it anymore.

    Instead I have to subsist off of ramen and soup because that`s literally all I can afford right now. It`s awful for me, but it`s my only
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    option.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    Again putting words in my mouth; I said it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. In direct reference to the comment about a can of spaghetti o`s and a bag of chips...pasta and sauce can be bought for same amount as both of those things and serve more than one meal. There are ways to stretch money without buy crap food like chips. Cans of tuna, mac and cheese, canned veggies (i find them on sale for .49 sometimes). That`s all I`m saying...there are ways to eat without buying crap.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    I am not judging...I know everyone does not abuse the system...but again, you can get by without buying bags of chips and soda...again...canned veggies, soup, rice, mac and cheese...there are a lot of things you can buy on a limited budget that are not junk food. People do it every day.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    When I was eating scraps you can bet your ass I wasn`t buying chips and soda...I was buying canned veggies, rice, ramen and cheap chicken breast tenders. And drinking water or milk.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    First off, I didn`t put words in your mouth in the first place, so I`m not sure you`re aware of what that phrase means.

    And that`s not all you said. You`ve linked the problem to food stamps in your comments, so it`s not just `on a budget` anymore.

    And mac and cheese is definitely not healthy.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Again, everyone`s situation is different...but there are too many holes and too many excuses with the system.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    Then that is something that we can agree with, but it`s more complicated to patch them than just saying let`s cut this part out. Yeah, you`ll stop the smokers with the cash assistance, but the lady who can`t afford diapers anymore is kind of drated then.
  40. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    This is just going to go in a circle. I feel the way I feel. There needs to be something done about the people who are abusing what people genuinely need. The program should be there, and it should be better because people really benefit from it.

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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    Feefee; Diapers are covered under food stamps or WIC. If you qualify for food stamps and have a child, chances are extremely high you qualify for WIC
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    And to be honest...there are other options besides disposable diaper...I`m not saying they should be denied by any means...but people were using cloth for a long time before disposables came around. :)

    And yes, I have experience with cloth diapers...they aren`t that horrible
  43. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    again, don`t misunderstand what I am saying...that is definitely something that should be covered.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    Something needs to be done about a lot of things. Trust me. I spent 3 hours week in my Sociology class listening to my professor talk about how we as students are being drated up the ass for a degree that won`t get us anywhere these days. A lot needs to be improved on, but unfortunately it`s not that easy. Or it`d already be fixed and no one would have anything to argue about.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    I definitely understand what you mean about the cloth diaper, but that`s where my question comes in--where do you draw the line on what is necessary? Is toilet paper really necessary if you have a hand and a sink? What if you don`t have a washer? That means a lot of trips to the laundromat where it costs several bucks to do a load of cloths. It just gets more complicated the more you think about it.
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    good talk, I feel like I have wasted way too much energy on this today...wine time (which I budgeted for lol)
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    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    February 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    you draw the line at people using it to buy makeup, televisions, MP3 players. There are a lot of places that accept EBT that carry these items (most large drug stores). That is the kind of limitation I am talking about. I`m not saying they should tell you what kind of food to buy. Obviously toilet paper would be considered a necessity...but cigarettes, alcohol, electronics...that is not.
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    jonswan12 Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    How come "poor" people in America are always over weight? Go over to Africa and see what it`s really like to be poor
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    Yes I can eat on $4.00 a day.
    If you only have $4 it`s hard to shop, but if you have $360 you can buy items which are cheeper in bulk. $360 is what 1 adult and 2 kids gets per month. No, it`s not a lot so you are not going to get the finest cuts of meat and snack on caviar. But like a drummer in a bad rock band, it`s do-able if you`re careful. And supplelment that with free food from 2 or 3 charity food banks. That`s why poor people in US are fat.

    I`m not saying all of them should "get a job". I know many {most?} people get assistance temporarily. But there are WAY WAY WAY too many who have made it a lifestyle. A career handed down from one baby-mama to another. Walking in their mother`s slippers & robe as it were, because they were raised on welfare & food stamps. To them alone I say "get a job". {I can be mean about it because those people can`t read this anyway.}
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    @ edana42 - I don`t think your link about what the poor have {here} is pertinent. Just becuase they have a car doesn`t mean they bought it with gov`ment assistance. 2 years ago I was "poor" because I was unemployed. I had a dvd play and a car and a cell phone. None of which were paid by governement assistance.

    As for 43% having internet access; try to get a job without the internet! No one posts Help Wanted in the paper anymore. You MUST apply online. Job postings are all listed on job boards online. Even to apply for unemployment or any gov`ment assitance requires you apply online. The internet: It`s not just for porn anymore.

    That link is just Poor Bashing.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    What`s unhealthy about that food? Besides the ramen and ranch of course
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    i have lived off less than $4 a day for food. mainly ramen, eggs, and frozen vegetables to toss into said ramen. it really isn`t that hard. she just blew her money on poo she didnt need. toss the head of lettuce, ranch, and apple for lunch and replace with a $1-1.50 frozen pizza. much more filling.

    and $4/day for food in food stamps? pretty sure the food stamps are to supplement your food budget, not pay for the whole thing.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    i would also skip breakfast so that i could eat more of that $4 during the other 2 meals (still pretty much only eat 2 meals a day regardless of wealth at the time). also drink a lot of water. the stuff from the tap is fine, no need for bottled bullpoo and that will help keep your hunger at bay
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    SoCal Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    thats healthier than what I eat every day and I am still healthier than that ginger btch. Its not only what you eat but you have to exercise as well.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    Buy seeds.
    Grow a garden.
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    "How come "poor" people in America are always over weight? Go over to Africa and see what it`s really like to be poor"

    Because the food that is generally available to them is extremely unhealthy and overloaded with preservatives and salt to substitute for more expensive flavorings.
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    PoptartinSD Female 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    Gerry 1of1 you can go to the library or to job service to use the computer. Job service will also print you free resume`s.... As many as you want. I`ve had to use food stamps for 3 months when I moved from one town to another and looking for a job. Thank goodness the assistance was there when I needed it!!! But unfortunately the state I live in is full of a lot of self-entitled Native Americans who say we stole their land and for this the Government hands them food stamps, free college educations, free housing, free money every month for being a tribal member, free health care, etc. Just for being Indian. They sell their food stamps for half of what they are worth and buy booze. You see them passed out all over the place wearing their "Native Pride" T-shirts and hats. A very proud people indeed lol
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    thesandwich Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    Oh EBT, how you can be a blessing and a nightmare. Blessing for those who truly need it and actively work or are looking for a job. A nightmare for those who don`t work, never intend to, and to those who have to provide service for the people who receive it.
    I used to work at a supermarket for 3 years before finding better employment. To this day I still hate the first of the month (when EBT comes in) I have seen many people who do need it and benefit from it, and many more who are just lazy (I grew up near a reservation).
    Those who abuse it generally get more junk food, less veggies and fruit and are fat as hell. And with those savings they made our liquor store one of the most profitable in the area.
    I have seen rampant abuse, and at this point I think that while it is a great program it is in need of some serious overhauling. Cause when many of them come from generations of couch potatoes it benefits no one.
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    thesandwich Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    @ PoptartinSD

    I know exactly what you mean. Free food, free money, tax refunds in the thousands. Which I never understood cause they don`t pay taxes. After ringing up their $500 in junk food (one time it was a thousand in pure junk food), they have drive up and you load into a car nicer than your own because they don`t have to pay for it.
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    Thats not healthy at all....wtf ramen noodles? fruit and a bagel? Eggs woman...wheres the eggs?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    @ PoptartinSD - I think we`re get off track with Tribal Affairs. It`s kind of a differant story. But yes, I see what you`re saying about gov`ment assistance abuse.

    Hey! I bet that`s an addiction. Gov`ment Assistance Addiction.
    I could qualify for Disability checks if I had that!
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    PoptartinSD Female 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    @ thesandwich - you live in South Dakota too? lol
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    PoptartinSD Female 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm
    @ Gerry1of1 I was responding to your statement about needing a computer to find a job.... I`m really not off topic at all. Stay with me here fella
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    klaxor Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    I live on a hope and a prayer per day.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    those handouts can be easy to abuse


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    carmium Female 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    I don`t like it when people say "satistics". (0:48)
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    February 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm
    Except for the bananas, she basically wasted her money on prepared crap. You can eat pretty well on $4 a day, but you actually have to cook the food.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm
    All I had to do was mention wieneroni and I had to make it for dinner. It was yummy.
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    February 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    Thank God I don`t have to budget food, that`s all I gotta say.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    February 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm
    Are not food stamps meant to help, but not be the sole source of income for food? I thought it was a way to make sure they actually buy food. We don`t have that in Canada, your expected to buy food or starve when your on welfare.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    "Stay with me here fella"
    The tribal compacs are not the same as welfare babies. They are, in a legal sense, very differant from an ordinary hand-out. Differant rules apply so why mix them together?
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2013 at 5:23 am
    How come that poor people are so fat then?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2013 at 5:43 am
    @CoyoteKing

    ROFL!!! Perfect!!


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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2013 at 6:27 am
    CoyoteKing: "pretty sure the food stamps are to supplement your food budget, not pay for the whole thing."

    Thus the first word in SNAP, supplemental.

    I get SNAP as well, but it only covers about half my food budget. So I live on about $8 a day for food, which if budgeted well is enough to live on. Health food and organics are too damn expensive to be practical in a budget that low.
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    jjohns04 Male 18-29
    100 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    I`ve seen alot of this first hand ... girlfriend`s sister is mentally handicapped and basically is a 20 year old functioning as a 12 year old. She has a job at Olive garden and makes breadsticks . She needs disability in order to be able to take care of basic expenses. It has been hell for her to get on it .

    On the other hand , my gf`s brother is a 30 year old bum who used to be a crackhead , stole from his family to support his habit , and is married to a woman who claims to have every illness in the book , uses heavy drugs , and hasn`t ever worked due to laziness ... just so she can get Disability / foodstamps / wick for her kid. Both of them easily got foodstamps and disability.. when they have nothing wrong with them ( can prove this ) . And somehow they just recently bought a house .

    I believe alot of these free handouts are simply created to gain votes by political parties.

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    jjohns04 Male 18-29
    100 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    My best friend`s family has also abused the whole foodstamp / disability thing , friend stayed up 5 days straight and was found on the side of the highway babbling weird poo ... was on disability for 5 years . I had a long talk with him and helped persuade him to get a job as a dishwasher at a local restaurant... he`s living a much better life now and understanding first hand how there`s alot of undeserving people out there getting free handouts , and it`s our tax dollars going down the tube.

    They need to instill limits on these programs and do some investigating into the actual backgrounds of people before giving them money for nothing.

    My cousin lives in Maine and is a bum like my gf`s bro . He`s 30 , been going to college for 10 + years and hsi parents are paying for everything.

    If you give someone something for nothing , it doesn`t give them the motivation to better themselves or move forward( most the time with people who abuse the system ) .
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
    3446 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    80% of people on SNAP are employed.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    jjohns04: In some cases you are correct about your assertion, that people that can work are freeloading.

    Others that`ve worked hard their entire lives have had to fight hard to get the disability they deserve. There doesn`t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.

    Then again, whoever said the government was reasonable?
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    icklevamp Female 18-29
    375 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    As a fully employed special education teacher, I earn about enough after rent bills and travel to spend £300 on food for my family of 3 per month, that`s £10 between us for a day, or a bit less than £4 each, I need these foodstamps.
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    thesandwich Male 18-29
    150 posts
    February 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    @ PoptartinSD
    North of SD, but plenty of reservations and Indians none the less.

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