This is kind of like accidental cheating...lol.
I went to the store earlier and there was a young mom with two young daughters. The kids were good, everyone was clean, every one was dressed appropriately and all that. (I don't want it to turn into a bunch of people stereotyping)
Anyway, when she went to pay, she asked the cashier if she could take some things off. I figured maybe she only had cash and exceeded the amount she had.
So, they started pulling things back out of the bags. As I stood their waiting, I couldn't help but notice some of the items she had as she dug through them. I was a little jealous because she bought the jars of pickles and fruit that come in the jars in the refrigerated sections. I always want to buy those fruits. They look so pretty and tempting, but you don't get very much for the price and I have a big family.
So, as they took some items off, she asked the cashier, "Isn't it going to take the tax off before I swipe my vision card?" - that is when I knew she was using food stamps. She was trying to get under the amount she had available I guess.
Okay, here is where the judgement come into play. Everything she bought was name brand and the most expensive you can possibly get. That is fine, it is her food stamps and her choice. But....my first thought was how much more she could get and how much further they could go if she didn't buy the most expensive version of every product. I got to wondering if she knew how to plan meals, budget, and all that jazz. It made me want to teach her how to be more frugal and make her money last.
But then I reminded myself, it is none of my business.