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Do Food Stamps and Coupons Mix?




I receive quite a few emails from readers who are on food assistance and are also using Super-Couponing techniques to stretch their budgets. Shoppers who receive government assistance for food purchases face some unique issues at the grocery store.

QUESTION: "Recently, I was using coupons at the supermarket to stretch my food stamps. Imagine my shock when they charged me tax on the items I used coupons for! I didn't have any non-food items or use cash for that matter, so I put back the items with coupons and didn't use them there again. I called the Department of Health and Welfare to let them know and they were shocked and said this was against the law. Food stamp purchases are not taxable, regardless of whether coupons are used. I attempted to pursue the issue with both the store and the department. Long story short, several calls later and it's still the same. It's sad, really."

QUESTION: "I am on government assistance for food, and I have a debit card to buy groceries. When you s ...
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