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A new report by the academy of sciences.
Questions for the federal government's food stamp program.
Provides adequately for healthy -- for the more than 46 million people on that program.
My next guest says with a -- budget.
Or -- a 120 dollars a week is plenty of money to feed a family of four.
If people just -- the shops more joining me now Stephanie Nelson she's the founder of coupon mom dot com.
Author of the New York Times best selling book the coupon mom's guide to cutting your grocery bill in half.
Good to have you here think we've had a we've got some groceries assembled here -- and it all looks very good.
Sorry you you believe -- 120 -- a week -- and we for his recent.
I do in fact a 120 week -- family or is the average snapped benefit 41% of snapped recipients actually -- 668.
Dollars a month for a family of four.
So the average as a 120 but a significant percentage 41%.
Are getting more than.
Certainly enough to.
If you'll go through this and just explain to us and it.
This looks like very healthy food to me -- I'm sure that my wife as I said that as saying forget about the mosquitoes about.
Well I love them.
This just an example our point is I teach people how to do strategic shopping and strategic shopping is when you plan your meals around what's on sale of the grocery store.
And you combined sales with -- -- and -- you -- that you can say fifty to 90% off your groceries and these are just some examples say for example.
The cookies -- Usually be about three dollars and fifty cents.
If it's buy one get one -- at the dollar -- five beach now you're gonna use the one dollar coupon you're gonna pay 75 cents -- -- of 350.
And that's simply an example of how strategic shopping works and strategic shoppers.
Know how to do that every single week.
So one week they might get a couple of packages to cook is the next week they'll get four cartons of oatmeal at the price of one what I'd like fatigue or people -- one.
Well if you're getting -- 5% off.
One week when it's on sale with a coupon and you can buy more.
And you're website you you show -- how to do right that's right what we do as we -- coupon -- bomb.
Dot com or can we put out of so folks can get this because this is fast but I -- an announcement my wife.
I -- does strategic shopping she does or is the same day.
But I mean she is -- genius with these things and the money she -- -- -- extraordinaire.
Just to be very clear that you know it's just Smart.
-- makes no sense.
Not to do it well here's the challenge we don't teach this in schools we don't teach -- -- -- the strategic shopping the people who -- got at this like -- white.
They have sought out this information perhaps she's read a book about it or watch them online video.
But -- -- dot com does we started at twelve years ago to teach low income families of my community.
How to do this so they wouldn't have to -- to -- food pantry for crude they could buy their own -- -- And over the years we now have.
Sixty stores what we do as we figure out the deals for people every week so they don't have to figure out cookie things in this constant it's absolutely free.
In fact we -- why doesn't the Department of Agriculture point everybody that you website because I haven't gone there yet I hope to go to Washington and meet with -- by only became aware of that's when I was asked to appear on television Cory Booker.
I was -- the snapped challenge to see.
If he could make it on a week's with the pressures and is a great guy and he had a great intentions but like most people he does not have a strategic.
So they asked me to come on the show and demonstrate how to -- which is when I became aware that our snap program doesn't provide any shopping educate.
As the saying goes you probably didn't fit the narrative I mean what you're talking about is extraordinary the way which to expand the value of that 130.
Dollars on average.
Of taxpayer money a great service.
If -- -- the purchasing power that's gonna do more than -- we raise the food stamp allotment but at no cost taxpayers won't let this administration's probably gonna.
The very hesitant there I'm just guessing.
Well let's say I'm a sales person.
Are your periods a darn darn good morning also Smart when and we appreciate you sharing your knowledge robust and with everyone else go to if you will coupon -- dot com to learn more about this and I -- by the way we're gonna tell the Department of Agriculture come on get real.
Point straight at this site and you talk to Stephanie.
That's it for us --