Thank God for food stamps. Really.
Also, thanks for the rebate/gift card trigger idea to help put some actual cash money in the pocket. I wish they'd allow you to buy some really basic toiletries with food stamps- I'm thinking dental floss, toothbrushes, maybe soap, and, for mamas who don't have washers/dryers (or for that matter, cars to get to the laundromat or $$$ to spend there) sposie dipes and baby wipes, that sort of thing.
Does anyone have SafeLink
? I have a backup, emergency use only cellphone, but realized that I qualify for this, so I went ahead and applied. It looks like I'm accepted. Pretty cool, since they give you 68 free minutes per month and if you don't use them, the minutes roll over. If you need more minutes, you buy TracFone cards. Only one person per household can get one, but the application is really easy. If you get Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI, TANF, state weatherization, etc., you just check off that you do get that assistance and you don't have send in income forms. They say that they'll check your info against public records. I thought it was awesome, it took me about 90 seconds to apply.
Anyway, it looks like I'm going to be getting this SafeLink phone. I have a TracFone that has minutes on it that I'm going to give away, because I won't use them before the activation on the phone expires, and I certainly don't need two prepaid cells. So if anyone needs an extra phone, PM me. It's very basic, but works fine.