EBT cut coming on Nov. 1st Every body panic!!!

October 29, 2013

I live on fixed income so I know that even a small amount of money can have a big effect on your budget. While I don’t get EBT I have often dealt with rising cost and taxes and the PTBs always say it’s just five or ten dollars what’s the problem? Well the problem is I keep getting five or ten dollars to death and that amount of money is a much higher percentage of my income compared to the average american.  So I do understand that what seems like minor cut can have a noticable effect on your budget. Add food inflation at the local mega mart and over time it does make a difference.  I’m not going to rehash all the ways you can save money on your food bill. I got pages for that, what I want to talk about is if things go sideways and get ugly.

Nov. 1st will be a terrible day to go shopping simply because of the crowds of shoppers. It’s the first of the month and a Friday many  people that is payday and sad to say all to many people in america are living paycheck to paycheck. Far to many people are close to desperation when they go shopping because they are not planning ahead or make poor choices when they do shop. One huge money saving advantage for my shopping happened after a built up a good supply of the basics for 3-6 months  was I no longer felt desperate if I didn’t go shopping on a certain day. While some folks treat shopping like a full-contact sport and enjoy it. I much prefer having a nearly empty store and a more calm and relaxed approach to shopping. I don’t get into that competitive mindset of grabbing the last item off the shelf or screwing my fellowman out of some product on sale.

The PTBs are really gearing up for people to freak out when the EBT cuts become apparent to people. Some people will be notified that they got cut on the cash register receipt. Not a good way to notify folks if you want calm. Right, wrong or indifferent how would you like to find your boss cut you pay by $36.00 a month and your notification was the ATM or bank statement. I bet you would be a little angry and if you are doing the shopping for the month along with others that are somewhat desperate, angry and annoyed you might find the local store a powder keg ready to explode. It won’t be about the small cut in benefits, it could escalate into the PTBs or whatever bogeyman  want us to starve.

I would not think people would riot over a small cut in EBT. But then again I was surprised when the EBT system went down for a day or two, people seem to think they and their family would starve in a matter of hours. Rather than being mildly inconvenience and they would have to go shopping in a day or two when the system was backup and working.

I normally would not go shopping on the 1st of the month and especially not on a Friday. But I think it is even more critical to not shop on the first or even during the weekend so you avoid the crowds. If you don’t have enough on hand to put off shopping for a couple of days you need to rethink how you shop and having at least 3-7 days buffer period for when you go  grocery shopping. Winter is coming and if a storm hits or the power goes out you don’t want to go with out or out in the storm just to get some basics because it hit during your payday and normal shopping day.


What did you do during the great EBT Blackout?

October 14, 2013

The stories vary but on Sat. the 12th it seems about 17 states would no longer accept EBT. The outage has been reported as a glitch from Routine Maint. to a power outage. It seems Xerox has no clue that people shop on Saturdays if they were doing routine maint. they choose a terrible time. If it was a power outage I would think that no electricity would be a big clue for trouble shooting the problem and obviously the backup power system does not work!  After 24-36 hours it seems that the EBT system is now back up and working again.  The event was huge on twitter.com and on some news programs about how people on EBT were complaining they were going to starve and many “tweets” said they were going to riot!  Remember the ones reporting on twitter have at least a smart phone and data plan or a PC with Internet access.

While doubtful that anyone would starve in less than 24 hours it does shed light on people’s mindset.  I’m not picking on folks that get EBT, many people have a routine when they shop and only get enough to last till the next shopping day.  Even a couple of days with the power is out can create a huge problem if it happens during “shopping day”. One thing I will say if you are dependent on the government you should be taking action to get your needs covered as best you can before you get cut off.  Benfits such as ADFC, TANF and WIC are starting to run out in many states and at best might last till the end of the month if the Government does not reach agreement on the Shutdown and Debt Ceiling. Remember the PTBs want it to hurt so you will appriciate all the government does for you!

As for myself I didn’t notice the outage till I saw it on Drudge. I don’t often shop on the weekends and I haven’t been in Wally world for years. I don’t get EBT or anything besides my Disability payment so I couldn’t be cut off from any food benefits. It is possible I could be cut off from my disability payments so I have saved up and shifting my shopping  till after the PTBs figure out this debacle they have created.

It took both Sat. and Sunday but over the weekend I cut up a few days worth of wood, made three loaves of regular bread and bunch of mini loaves for Mom.  The 5 minute Artisan bread works great if you want to make a calzone. Just roll it out thin, fill, fold, tuck and bake at normal temp. for about 20 minutes.  I bottled up a batch of Wheat beer and dug up some nasty goat head weeds by the shop. I found a bag I got a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t stored properly and It had a couple of oversized T-shirts I got on sale and some more of the bic lighters I like so well!  Huzzah I have over 30 of the lighters on hand. That’s more than enough for me but Selco from SHTF School often talks about what a great barter item the lighter were during the war.

No matter what your situation is or how much make, please never let yourself get so low on anything that you panic if life throws you a curve. You will need food in the future so you aren’t wasting money to get what you normally buy ahead of time.