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I spend my food stamps on candy.

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Question: What do you think?

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I think it's a great idea :-)

I don't think it's a good idea at all. Foodstamps should be spent on healthy food ONLY.

I don't care one way or the other what you do with your food stamps.


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For everyone who complains about people spending their food stamps on junk ;-)

This is the best reward system I've come up with so far. Each of my kids has a marble jar with four lines drawn on them. Whenever they complete a chore or do something nice, they get a marble. When the jar is filled up to the first line, they earn .50, up to 2.00.

Now because we're poor, we have food stamps and of course the kids want to spend their "money" on candy, so that's what we do. And the best part? They aren't allowed to have junk food unless they earn it so instead of the kids begging for sweets at the store and me being the bad guy by saying no, they're hard at work doing chores and nice things to get the candy instead :-)

by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Except it isn't poor choices it is an awesome inventive/creative mom.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.

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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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It isn't wasting it!! There is no rules on what you have to spend the money on as long as it is food. She is following the rules 100%.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Why is it good that you waste the aid provided to you because you can't care for your family?  I really don't understand this need for you to do this by making it this so you can create board fodder.

I would be embarrassed that I have to let others feed my kid.


Quoting paganbaby:

Eh, I killed two birds with one stone. Two hot topics. One using candy as a reward and two using using food stamps on non healthy food.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

That was my idea.   If she just wanted to discuss using candy as rewards she never would have done the food stamp thing.


But it seems she wants people to know she is on it and wastes the money that people with jobs actually give her family.   Candy, soda, et al.


Quoting jcrew6:

That's what I was thinking. She comes off as Desperate for attention.





Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.






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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Well I don't mind my kids eating a bit of unhealthy food here and there in moderation. That is the key in moderation. To ban it 100% only creates bigger problems down the road when they are adults out from under your thumb and go hog wild mad eating all those things they weren't allowed to have as children.

Quoting LindaClement:

I wouldn't have chosen 'things I don't want in your body for your health's sake' as rewards.

Under any circumstances. Not even some imaginary ones where I believed rewards 'worked' toward a single one of my goals as a parent.

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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
NO WAY!!! WIC is the most embarrassing thing I have ever had to do in my entire life. They have to check every single item. Then they need your ID, Now the people behind you are flipping FUMING, whispering and giving the nastiest looks. Then they finally start ringing. However, if you have more than 1 WIC check it has to happen the exact same way inbetween checks and a check out can EASILY take over 20mins. I honestly try and go at like 10pm so I can avoid anyone I know and pissing off as few people as possible.

Quoting paganbaby:

Would you want FS to have vouchers like Wic? If so what would those vouches entail?

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

I am comfortable with WIC and FS having limits on what can be purchased.



Quoting EireLass:

On the flipside of that....once you pay your taxes, it's no longer your money. What the government chooses to do with 'money in the bin'....they can. Do you really want to control what others eat?

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

That was my idea.   If she just wanted to discuss using candy as rewards she never would have done the food stamp thing.

But it seems she wants people to know she is on it and wastes the money that people with jobs actually give her family.   Candy, soda, et al.


Quoting jcrew6:

That's what I was thinking. She comes off as Desperate for attention.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.



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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM
2 cans of soda a day is around .50 just so you know and x's that by 30 days. It is only $15 a month. Qualifying for FS I doubt if that $15 would make her that less eligible.

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

You enjoy *a couple of cans of soda a day*....

Add up what your spending a month on soda and then tell me why you deserve food stamps.

You know I don't mind that we have tax payer funded support programs in this country. What does bother me is that people are being enabled to make poor choices and their kids are learning their parents' bad habits.




Quoting paganbaby:

I don't know...I guess I'm more of moderation sort of person. We eat healthy in this house but we also indulge some too. I myself enjoy a couple cans of soda a day but I mostly drink bottles of water. Same with the kids. They live on those mini bottles of water and my dd's fav snack is edemamas (?) straight from the pod :-)

Did you allow your kids to eat sweets sometimes too?

Quoting lga1965:

I don't care what people spend their food stamps on.
personally I didn't let my kids buy candy. I was in charge of food in our home. I am a thrifty,healthy - minded ,nutritionally aware person and we didn't live to eat. We eat to live. And we never overate. Fortunately we didn't need food stamps even though we were a militaryfamily because we "pinched pennies "and didn't buy luxuries.


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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Good for you!! Remember she doesn't drive and who will watch her kids even if she did?

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

I homeschooled two of my kids, who have special needs, for 7 years and worked. I babysat at home and worked at Lowe's, did both for over a year and a half.



Quoting paganbaby:

I'm not able to work right now. My son needs to be homeschooled for emotional problems. My husbnad isn't able to make quite enough money so we qualify for some food stamps.

Quoting connie45:

Why are you poor?


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Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I disagree.   Buying soda and candy when you can't afford to feed your family is wasting what is provided for you to spend.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

It isn't wasting it!! There is no rules on what you have to spend the money on as long as it is food. She is following the rules 100%.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Why is it good that you waste the aid provided to you because you can't care for your family?  I really don't understand this need for you to do this by making it this so you can create board fodder.

I would be embarrassed that I have to let others feed my kid.


Quoting paganbaby:

Eh, I killed two birds with one stone. Two hot topics. One using candy as a reward and two using using food stamps on non healthy food.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

That was my idea.   If she just wanted to discuss using candy as rewards she never would have done the food stamp thing.


But it seems she wants people to know she is on it and wastes the money that people with jobs actually give her family.   Candy, soda, et al.


Quoting jcrew6:

That's what I was thinking. She comes off as Desperate for attention.





Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.







Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It doesn't have to be vouchers necessarily, but a card programmed to spend 75 dollars on meat and 35 dollars on milk and 12 dollars on cereal etc. or whatever numbers the government thinks up

Quoting fullxbusymom:

NO WAY!!! WIC is the most embarrassing thing I have ever had to do in my entire life. They have to check every single item. Then they need your ID, Now the people behind you are flipping FUMING, whispering and giving the nastiest looks. Then they finally start ringing. However, if you have more than 1 WIC check it has to happen the exact same way inbetween checks and a check out can EASILY take over 20mins. I honestly try and go at like 10pm so I can avoid anyone I know and pissing off as few people as possible.

Quoting paganbaby:

Would you want FS to have vouchers like Wic? If so what would those vouches entail?

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

I am comfortable with WIC and FS having limits on what can be purchased.



Quoting EireLass:

On the flipside of that....once you pay your taxes, it's no longer your money. What the government chooses to do with 'money in the bin'....they can. Do you really want to control what others eat?

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

That was my idea.   If she just wanted to discuss using candy as rewards she never would have done the food stamp thing.

But it seems she wants people to know she is on it and wastes the money that people with jobs actually give her family.   Candy, soda, et al.


Quoting jcrew6:

That's what I was thinking. She comes off as Desperate for attention.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.




LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I agree. I've seen it a great many times.

I still would never use 'food I think should not be in a child's body' as a bribe or a reward.

I would never use anything as a bribe or a reward that I didn't actually want my kids to want more of.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well I don't mind my kids eating a bit of unhealthy food here and there in moderation. That is the key in moderation. To ban it 100% only creates bigger problems down the road when they are adults out from under your thumb and go hog wild mad eating all those things they weren't allowed to have as children.

Quoting LindaClement:

I wouldn't have chosen 'things I don't want in your body for your health's sake' as rewards.

Under any circumstances. Not even some imaginary ones where I believed rewards 'worked' toward a single one of my goals as a parent.


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Nov. 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

*Grins*

Quoting fullxbusymom:

Except it isn't poor choices it is an awesome inventive/creative mom.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Oh Lord. I guess you are tired of Romney posts and want a thread bashing you and poor choices.


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