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Old 10-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #61
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Indiana also has no tax on food....but has exceptions. Junk foods and candies do have sales tax. I have no idea how Indiana determines what is a junk food/candy and what isn't. Some bags of M&Ms had tax, other kinds didn't, and both could be purchased with SNAP cards. Likewise, if you go to the Deli at Walmart and pick up a rotisserie chicken, you can use a SNAP card for that, but since the tax system figures it as part of the taxes you would pay like if you went to McDs. That doesn't explain it right, I hope that's clear.

Basically, even in states with no tax on food, there are some strange overlaps between the tax system and the SNAP system so there are going to be some foods that you will have to pay taxes on that SNAP will still cover.
This changes every now and then. When we used to be on food stamps at first you could get rotisserie chicken but a few months before we went off foodstamps it was no longer covered. May have changed again since then.

It is weird to me when a random junk food item gets taxed. Luckily we don't buy much junk food

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Old 10-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #62
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This changes every now and then. When we used to be on food stamps at first you could get rotisserie chicken but a few months before we went off foodstamps it was no longer covered. May have changed again since then.

It is weird to me when a random junk food item gets taxed. Luckily we don't buy much junk food
There's a fried chicken place here that will sell you uncooked chicken and charge you for cooking it. I know it has to be uncooked here for you to buy it.

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$4 a day per person would give us an extra $80 to shop with, and I don't even spend our entire budget! I would be able to cook up some goooooood steaks with that! I miss a good steak. Not one of the thin, all bone Food for Less steaks. A niiice think juicy one... ::

I haven't had steak in soooo long. Mainly because we don't have a grill, but still. Now I want steak and baked potatoes with shrimp and some broccoli.

I digress.

But not only do I spend less on my groceries than the challenge (with a husband on a high-calorie diet and 2 toddlers who eat like their daddy), but I manage to make healthy meals. I think the problem is so many people DON'T know what a healthy meal it. They load up on carbs and meat, and vegetable are minimal. If you simply cut out 1-2 meat meals a WEEK, you free up a good amount of money. I implemented a 4 day no meat rule this month, and I saved SO much money on my groceries this week. And its filling. But so many people think you NEED meat, and it HAS to be this huge serving. And its expensive.

I just think EVERYONE should be required to take a nutrition class. No one seems to know how to eat right. And it definitely shows
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$4 a day per person would give us an extra $80 to shop with, and I don't even spend our entire budget! I would be able to cook up some goooooood steaks with that! I miss a good steak. Not one of the thin, all bone Food for Less steaks. A niiice think juicy one... ::

I haven't had steak in soooo long. Mainly because we don't have a grill, but still. Now I want steak and baked potatoes with shrimp and some broccoli.

I digress.

But not only do I spend less on my groceries than the challenge (with a husband on a high-calorie diet and 2 toddlers who eat like their daddy), but I manage to make healthy meals. I think the problem is so many people DON'T know what a healthy meal it. They load up on carbs and meat, and vegetable are minimal. If you simply cut out 1-2 meat meals a WEEK, you free up a good amount of money. I implemented a 4 day no meat rule this month, and I saved SO much money on my groceries this week. And its filling. But so many people think you NEED meat, and it HAS to be this huge serving. And its expensive.

I just think EVERYONE should be required to take a nutrition class. No one seems to know how to eat right. And it definitely shows
Please forgive me, but I totally at this, because I feel the exact same way.
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I'm not clear that the example this comes from was happening in California. I've never had this happen, and I used coupons to get overages when I was on SNAP years ago. One time, I left with a dozen boxes of cereal and $6 in store catalinas by using coupons and sales, and didn't pay any tax at all.
I just remembered to check this thread, but I'm in Maryland, and we don't pay tax on food. Milk and bread should be considered food, so that's why I was confused when they charged me $.07. No big deal, really. I will still use coupons to stretch our $151/ month, even if I have to pay a few cents to use them. I still made $.72 off of 3 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk!
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There's a fried chicken place here that will sell you uncooked chicken and charge you for cooking it. I know it has to be uncooked here for you to buy it.

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There is a crab place here that does that. They allow you to purchase "uncooked" dozens of crabs with SNAP and then charge you $2 a dozen to steam them. That is how they get around the "no prepared food" rule that most states have on their SNAP benefits.
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what is snap`?
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SNAP is food stamps. they changed the name of it. it stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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I just remembered to check this thread, but I'm in Maryland, and we don't pay tax on food. Milk and bread should be considered food, so that's why I was confused when they charged me $.07. No big deal, really. I will still use coupons to stretch our $151/ month, even if I have to pay a few cents to use them. I still made $.72 off of 3 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk!
That's an awesome deal!!
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dude. On snap, my grocery budget would be like $1024 a month. lol. Um....I spend about $550 a month INCLUDING non food items. Yeah....I think we'd all be about 400 lbs if I got that much $ to shop with!
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