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Costco to Join BJ's, Sam's Club, Walmart, etc. Accepting Food Stamps

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So, if you're that poor you can't afford groceries, how can you afford to pay the $50.00 annual membership fee? Or do you pool your money with 49 other people and shop together? According to the article, 36 MILLION Americans are receiving food stamps. I think 30 MILLION of them live right here in MD if the local gorcery stores are any indicator. Which brings up an interesting question, how can you afford a Lexus if you're receiving food stamps?

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/sns-ap-us-courting-food-stamps,0,5001916.story

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Where are you shopping? I haven't noticed large numbers of people using food stamps when I go grocery shopping. Or perhaps I'm too focused on my own tranaction to worry about how other people are paying for their purchases.

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You're forgetting that many of the recent additions to the food stamp rolls were previously middle class people who have now fallen on hard times. They probably paid their membership fees BEFORE they ever thought they'd need food stamps.

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Either way, I think you can more than make up the $45.00 ( BJ's is 45 for me anyway) in savings over a year, easy. IMHO, it is cost-efective, so you would not want food stamp recipients to use their benefits in the most economical way? I would give them kudos for smart shopping.

 

As for the businessess, why would they not want to avail themselves of an added customer base?

 

I'm not on FS, but my family uses a gallon plus of apple juice every day- at BJ's I essentially get it for half the supermarket price-- $3.89 for 2 gallons, so I make up my membership fee in that alone in roughly one month.

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Where are you shopping? I haven't noticed large numbers of people using food stamps when I go grocery shopping. Or perhaps I'm too focused on my own tranaction to worry about how other people are paying for their purchases.

 

You have obviously never shopped at the Super Fresh in Woodlawn. And if you are that focused on "your own transaction", you better wake up and pay attention to everything going on around you or you'll find yourself a statistic. But, nice try at diversion anyway.

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You're forgetting that many of the recent additions to the food stamp rolls were previously middle class people who have now fallen on hard times. They probably paid their membership fees BEFORE they ever thought they'd need food stamps.

 

 

Good point and I agree, but, one cannot ignore the many "food stamp abusers" out there.

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Good point and I agree, but, one cannot ignore the many "food stamp abusers" out there.

 

You won't find me defending fraud. Nor will you find me defending the notion of cash assistance. Cash assistance should come after you've proven you're able to handle cash responsibly by middle class standards (i.e. you pay your necessities (food, shelter, etc.) first, then for extras if you have money left.)

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You have obviously never shopped at the Super Fresh in Woodlawn. And if you are that focused on "your own transaction", you better wake up and pay attention to everything going on around you or you'll find yourself a statistic. But, nice try at diversion anyway.

 

I have shopped at the SuperFresh in Woodlawn, but I prefer Ellicott City or Timonium. They have better selections. What type of statistic would I become in a grocery store? Growing up in the city & having a military spouse has taught me to be aware of my surroundings. There really is a defference in being aware of what is happening and being focused on someone else's personal business. Based on your postings, I think you have an unhealthy focus on the negative.

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i enjoy sneaking into costco to eat a bunch of free samples before buying the $1.50 soda and hot dog deal

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I have shopped at the SuperFresh in Woodlawn, but I prefer Ellicott City or Timonium. They have better selections. What type of statistic would I become in a grocery store? Growing up in the city & having a military spouse has taught me to be aware of my surroundings. There really is a defference in being aware of what is happening and being focused on someone else's personal business. Based on your postings, I think you have an unhealthy focus on the negative.

 

I am ex-military. I was trained to be aware of EVERYTHING going on around me. And I never said I "focused on someone else's personal business." How can you not notice someone if front of you at the checkout line at a grocery store, especially when it's an EXPRESS line and the person in front of you is using food stamps to purchase steaks, crab meat, everything but the essentials all the while taking forever? But thanks for your criticism. :rolleyes:

 

But hey, that's Ok, come down on me for being observant and not the ones abusing the system. Soooo typical.

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I am ex-military. I was trained to be aware of EVERYTHING going on around me. And I never said I "focused on someone else's personal business." How can you not notice someone if front of you at the checkout line at a grocery store, especially when it's an EXPRESS line and the person in front of you is using food stamps to purchase steaks, crab meat, everything but the essentials all the while taking forever? But thanks for your criticism. :rolleyes:

 

But hey, that's Ok, come down on me for being observant and not the ones abusing the system. Soooo typical.

 

You seem to have completely glossed over the post that squashes your argument:

 

Either way, I think you can more than make up the $45.00 ( BJ's is 45 for me anyway) in savings over a year, easy. IMHO, it is cost-efective, so you would not want food stamp recipients to use their benefits in the most economical way? I would give them kudos for smart shopping.

 

As for the businessess, why would they not want to avail themselves of an added customer base?

 

I'm not on FS, but my family uses a gallon plus of apple juice every day- at BJ's I essentially get it for half the supermarket price-- $3.89 for 2 gallons, so I make up my membership fee in that alone in roughly one month.

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You seem to have completely glossed over the post that squashes your argument:

 

 

No I didn't, I was responding to some foolish criticism.

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I am ex-military. I was trained to be aware of EVERYTHING going on around me. And I never said I "focused on someone else's personal business." How can you not notice someone if front of you at the checkout line at a grocery store, especially when it's an EXPRESS line and the person in front of you is using food stamps to purchase steaks, crab meat, everything but the essentials all the while taking forever? But thanks for your criticism. :rolleyes:

 

But hey, that's Ok, come down on me for being observant and not the ones abusing the system. Soooo typical.

 

That's not being observant. That is being nosey as hell. To the point you can know what they are purchasing. Since it is none of my business what other people buy at the market, I generally don't pay attention to thers' purchases

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I personally think that it is a good idea. And if someone on food stamps wants to pay the $45 membership fee then at least it is going to something smart and cost effective. If there is a family of 4 the basic neccisities get costly at a local grocery store. If they can get more product(at Costoco) for the same price they were paying for less product at the grocery store then that means they are thinking smart.

 

I think that i'd rather see $45 go to that membership then to the salon for that stylish hair doo, mani/pedi, or a new outfit for friday night.

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So, if you're that poor you can't afford groceries, how can you afford to pay the $50.00 annual membership fee? Or do you pool your money with 49 other people and shop together? According to the article, 36 MILLION Americans are receiving food stamps. I think 30 MILLION of them live right here in MD if the local gorcery stores are any indicator. Which brings up an interesting question, how can you afford a Lexus if you're receiving food stamps?

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/sns-ap-us-courting-food-stamps,0,5001916.story

 

 

Food stamps is federal dollars that go right back into the economy.

 

The value in food stamps is based on the "household" income after specific deductions such as child care and shelter expenses, up to a maximum amount. Household size Maximum Monthly Food Stamp Allotment

1 $176

2 $323

3 $463

4 $588

5 $698

6 $838

7 $926

8 $1,058

Each additional person +$132

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That's not being observant. That is being nosey as hell. To the point you can know what they are purchasing. Since it is none of my business what other people buy at the market, I generally don't pay attention to thers' purchases

 

its not being nosey at all, he's merely keeping an eye on what the gubmint takes from his paycheck

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I personally think that it is a good idea. And if someone on food stamps wants to pay the $45 membership fee then at least it is going to something smart and cost effective. If there is a family of 4 the basic neccisities get costly at a local grocery store. If they can get more product(at Costoco) for the same price they were paying for less product at the grocery store then that means they are thinking smart.

 

I think that i'd rather see $45 go to that membership then to the salon for that stylish hair doo, mani/pedi, or a new outfit for friday night.

 

I have a feeling the state will pay for their membership too. I would bet that Cosco would forfeit the membership to get the monies!! Business....

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Food stamps is federal dollars that go right back into the economy.

 

The value in food stamps is based on the "household" income after specific deductions such as child care and shelter expenses, up to a maximum amount. Household size Maximum Monthly Food Stamp Allotment

1 $176

2 $323

3 $463

4 $588

5 $698

6 $838

7 $926

8 $1,058

Each additional person +$132

 

Yes, the money goes back into economy, just not used the way the system was meant for it to help. I wouldn't mind getting that extra money, along with housing, transportation, medical, utility assistant, cell phone, furnace....on and on.....

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I'm sure with food stamps, free membership, all the octomoms will be sitting their arses at the tables feeding those babies @ Coscos, BJ's, Sam's everyday! That will free up more money to git hair dids, nails, teeth caps,,phone cards, etc. They know how to "buck-the-system"!!

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That will free up more money to git hair dids, nails, teeth caps,,phone cards, etc. They know how to "buck-the-system"!!

 

You forgot rims.

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I'm sure with food stamps, free membership, all the octomoms will be sitting their arses at the tables feeding those babies @ Coscos, BJ's, Sam's everyday! That will free up more money to git hair dids, nails, teeth caps,,phone cards, etc. They know how to "buck-the-system"!!

 

They don't "buck-the-system", BUT you're VERY close! One letter off.

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Why don't they just die.

 

Then we could fuss about corporate welfare and CEO's with multi million dollar bonuses throwing 6 digtit sweet 16 parties for their kids. Some people have a little some people have lot.

 

I don't care what welfare rcecpients have and I don't care that a 15 year old's daddy bought her or him a $38,000 BMW...while I have to ride a bus. I just don't care about those things as much as I unfaillngly and selfishly care about myself.

 

But I do understand the underpinnings of this thread.

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Either way, I think you can more than make up the $45.00 ( BJ's is 45 for me anyway) in savings over a year, easy. IMHO, it is cost-efective, so you would not want food stamp recipients to use their benefits in the most economical way? I would give them kudos for smart shopping.

 

As for the businessess, why would they not want to avail themselves of an added customer base?

 

I'm not on FS, but my family uses a gallon plus of apple juice every day- at BJ's I essentially get it for half the supermarket price-- $3.89 for 2 gallons, so I make up my membership fee in that alone in roughly one month.

 

Not to mention that Costco gas can be as much as .10 per gallon cheaper. I think this is a great idea that is long overdue. I would even encourage Costco to create a cheaper food only membership just for food stamp users that only buy food there. If they want to buy gas an clothes there too. They can get a basic membership. But if they are only gonna buy food there they should have a cheaper food only membership.

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Why don't they just die.

 

Then we could fuss about corporate welfare and CEO's with multi million dollar bonuses throwing 6 digtit sweet 16 parties for their kids. Some people have a little some people have lot.

 

I don't care what welfare rcecpients have and I don't care that a 15 year old's daddy bought her or him a $38,000 BMW...while I have to ride a bus. I just don't care about those things as much as I unfaillngly and selfishly care about myself.

 

But I do understand the underpinnings of this thread.

 

 

How can you not care, unless you are fortunate enough not to have to pay taxes that supports the fraud? You do know that taxpayers must now work through May for the Government, the source of these "charities".

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