One of the essentials of life – food is very important to budget for. I try to always have enough food for at least one breakfast, and one dinner. On occasion, I may eat out which comes out of my food budget. Needless to say, I want to make sure I have enough for food before eating out.

With food, I receive $100 in SNAP, and $100 in cash for food. With regards to my food budget, I will use my SNAP benefits before using cash unless I am eating out. Restaurants do not accept SNAP benefits as SNAP is intended for groceries only.