SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL

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I don’t mind failing as much as I do admitting I’ve failed. And technically, we haven’t blown the SNAP Challenge just yet, but I know for a fact we will by the end of the week. I went to the store last night for another loaf of bread and a frozen pizza for dinner, which I [Read More...]

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: Slip-Ups

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“We should go to a restaurant tonight,” said my three-year-old daughter, Zoe, over breakfast today. “I can take some of my money and play some games.” “Sorry honey,” I said. “No restaurants this week.” “But why?” “Because,” Amy said, “we’re trying to learn something this week as a family, and that means spending less money [Read More...]

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: The Shelf

I’m not making friends among my family members with this challenge. Because it was my idea to do this for a week (living on the equivalent budget of food stamps for seven days), everyone ends up coming to me to “check on the rules.” basically, this means they ask me about ways they might work [Read More...]

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor

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“So what are food stamps anyway?” my eight-year-old son, Mattias, asked as I drove him to his summer camp this morning. “Are they, like, stamps that you eat that taste like different foods?” “Not exactly,” I said. My family was less than thrilled when I presented the idea of living on the equivalent of what [Read More...]

Resources for SNAP Food Stamp Challenge

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After putting out there that we’re going to do the SNAP Challenge August 20-26th (living on the budgeted equivalent of food stamps for a week for meals), some folks came forward with some really helpful resources. Even if you’re not on public assistance and not planning to take part in the challenge, these are useful [Read More...]

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge

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I’ve said before that privilege often is invisible until you don’t have it. So in that light, I’m doing a little experiment in a few days with our family, and I encourage you to join in. A lot of us never know what it’s like to try and live below the poverty line, and I [Read More...]


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