I’ve had to use food stamps short term a couple of times. They give you nearly twice as many (dollars worth) as you need. The last time we were on food stamps, we ate real good, and still hadn’t used them all up when our eligibility ended. We could have eaten a lot more frugally than we did, and yet, I hear people complaining that their food stamps aren’t enough. I would buy store brands, and cheap foods like hot dogs and pasta. I absolutely refused to buy steak with food stamps, even though I could have easily enough. My (ex) husband would have if he’d been in control. He quit looking for work when he turned 60, because he found out that it wasn’t required to food stamps after that age. I went back to work and 58, and worked until almost 68.