Food Stamp Waste, Line by Line

“In the 2008 debates, President Obama said he would ‘go line
by line
to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.’ He should be
held to that promise.” WSJ June 1, 2011.

 

Here are some lines from actual food stamps receipts,
March 5th, 2011.

This is federal taxpayer money spent unwisely.

NAB
CHEESE NIPS    1 @ 2.29      $2.29 FW
GATORADE
ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW
GATORADE
ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW
AW CRM
SODA 12P   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW
WF MINI
MARSHMAL   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW
MR
GOODBAR GIANT   1 @ 1.66      $1.66 FW
SOBE
ADRENALINE    1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW
OCEAN
SPRAY O JU   1 @ 1.69      $1.69 FW
FRAPPUCCINO
137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW
COKE DIET
12       1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW
KITKAT
MINIS       1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW
GINGER
SNAP        1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW
MOUNTAIN
DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW
FRAPPUCCINO
137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW
FRAPPUCCINO
137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW
CHERRY DR
PEPPER   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW
WF FRUIT
RINGS     1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW
WF
KOOKIES CHOC    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW
DR
PEPPER          1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW
PEPSI MTN
DEW 12   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW
NESTLE
CRMY CARA   1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW
RED
BULL           1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW
GINGER
COOKIES     1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
OLD FASH
DONUT     1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
SOBE
LIFEWATER   1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW
SEVEN UP
12 PK     1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW
LAYS               1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
HOST SGR
DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
HOST SGR
DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
MILKY WAY
BAR      1 @  .59
$0.59 FW
SNICKERS
BAR       1 @  .59
$0.59 FW
WF CHOC
PEANUT C   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW
WF FANCY
CREAM S   1 @  .59
$0.59 FW
HOST SGR
DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
HOST CHOC
DUNKIE 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
MOUNTAIN
DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW
RUFFLES          1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW
TOSTITOS           1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
WF 20 OZ
POP       1 @  .65
$0.65 FW
BUGLES
ORIGINAL    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW
DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
12PK COLE
ZERO     1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW
CAPRISUN FRUIT  1 @
2/5.00      $2.50 FW
CAPRISUN FRUIT  1 @
2/5.00      $2.50 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 4 @ 2/1.00      $2.00 FW
AZ
RASBERRY TEA    1 @  .99
$0.99 FW
LIL DEB
SWISS RO   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW
 SOBE             1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW
CHESTERS
PUFF CO   1 @ 2.00      $2.00 FW
DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW
CHESTERS
PUFF CO   1 @ 2.00      $2.00 FW
SUN
CHIPS        1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW
BLACK  BLUE SOB 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW
OREO DBL
STUFF M   1 @ 4.39      $4.39 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 2 @ 2/1.00      $1.00 FW
PORK LINK
SAUSAG   1 @ 3.55      $3.55 FW
PORK LINK
SAUSAG   1 @ 3.43      $3.43 FW
SHASTA
LEMON TWI   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW
 SHASTA COLA 6PK    1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW
RUFFLES          1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW
PECAN
SANDIES      1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW
HONEY NUT
CHEERI   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW
LIPTON
ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW
LIPTON
ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW
PEPSI
DIET FREE    1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW
BARQS
ROOTBEER     1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW
CLASSIC
COKE 12    1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW
PEPSI              1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW
MOUNTAIN
DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW
LIL DEB
COSMIC B   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW
PEPSI MTN
DEW 12   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW
CARN
CMATE TOFFE   1 @ 4.09      $4.09 FW
RB FRECH
BRD PIZ 4 @ 2/6.00     $12.00 FW
PEARSON
NUT ROLL 3 @ 2/1.00      $1.50 FW
HRSHY
ALMOND BAR   2 @  .79
$1.58 FW
TONY
SAUSAGE PEP 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW
TONY
SAUSAGE PEP 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW
LAYS               1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
WF
FROSTED FLAKE 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW
MOTHERS
CIRCUS A   1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW
WF RAINBO
MALLOW 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW
MAXWELL
HOUSE CO   1 @ 9.99      $9.99 FW
NESTLE
CRMY CARA   1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW
SOBE
JUICE DRINK 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW
SOBE
ORANGE CARR 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW
LIPTON
ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW

 

FW indicates the item was purchased using a Food Stamp debit
card or using a Women, Infant, and Children benefit, WIC.

 

This is how an entire receipt looks:

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*** BEGIN ***

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NAB CHEESE NIPS    1 @ 2.29      $2.29 FW

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GATORADE ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW

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YOU SAVED $0.50

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GATORADE ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW
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YOU SAVED $0.50

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SWEETS RASPBERRY   1 @ 3.45      $3.45 FW

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MAGZ / CARDS       1 @  .75
$0.75

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BC GUSHER VARIET   1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW

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KELL NUTRIGRAIN  1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW

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030    YOU SAVED $0.89

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SUBTOTAL                  7     $19.68

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TAX
$0.00

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TOTAL
$19.68

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DUE==         $19.68

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*FDSTP*
$18.93

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CARD #SXXXXXXXXXXXX8869     PIN
USED

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08:19 AM     030   FOOD STAMPS
+++  APPROVED  +++

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PURCHASE  AMOUNT  $
18.93

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———-

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ENDING    BALANCE $    250.81

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CASH BEN. BALANCE $      0.00

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AUTH # D45D14    EXP DATE
**/**

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LANE # 01        CASHIER # 30

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03/05/11 08:20   REF/SEQ
#016543

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MRCH=698650 TERM=001 IC=EB

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EPS SEQUENCE     # 016543

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030   DUE==          $0.75

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*CASH*
$5.00

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CHANGE DUE
$4.25

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*** END ***

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4 Responses

  1. My wife’s first job was as a clerk at a grocery store and she has told me several times how shocked she was at the things that people were buying with food stamps. People would come in and get top grade steaks and junk food that her middle class family did not have in their home.

    The WIC program is run much better. My wife and I qualified for WIC while in graduate school and each month the program provided 2 gallons of milk, 1 pound of cheese, 1 gallon of juice, and eggs for our two young children to make sure that they were eating nutritious meals. Every 6 months we had an interview and a checkup for the kids to make sure that they were healthy.

    If we are going to go to the effort to help people, I much prefer the idea of helping them afford food items that are beneficial as opposed to writing a blank check to waste our tax dollars.

    • The WIC model is much more frugal and healthy. Restrict choices. Taxpayers could save perhaps $40 billion per year.

  2. [...] What Arnold doesn’t know is that there are already a candidates clamoring for policies that would set up a massive food police at an enormous expense.  However, they are the members of his own party.  Here is a list of legislators (all Republicans) that signed an op-ed in favor of the idiotic boondoggle. The “evidence” for the claims made in the op-ed comes only from Tom Burnett’s own blog. [...]

  3. […] “information” that Kriegel sites is from Burnett’s blog.  Burnett supposedly compiled this himself by wandering around asking a gas station clerk or two […]

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