Federal ShutDown: In A SNAP Meals

Food stamp recipients to get February benefits early because of federal government shutdown.
In North Carolina, there are more than 650,000 households receiving food stamps under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Recipients are being told to budget the money and plan ahead because if the government shutdown isn’t resolved soon, officials say there may not be any money for SNAP benefits in March.


Last week one of my friends sent me a flyer from her office. It stated that our benefits would be posted early (January 20) and that it will need to last through the end of February because of the government shutdown.
This shutdown is also putting federal employees in North Carolina out of work – everyone is hurting.

“Starving people is not going to suddenly make people eligible for jobs,” Berkowitz said. “It’s only just going to succeed in starving people.” –
director of the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center, said Trump unfairly circumvented the desires of Congress.

Here’s where I am with this: No parent that gives a rats behind is gonna watch their child starve. I fear that ALL types of hell is about to break loose. I have a contract with Family Dollar stores and it amazes me how bold shoplifters are right now. Old and young- are stealing diapers, candy, Tylenol, and underwear. If you think they will not be load the cart with bread, milk and toilet tissue; and walking out – keep sleeping.

I plan on using the skills I’ve been learning and teaching at the YMCA; Urban horticulture and STEAM. Bartering is also an option. This is the time to really see how much I believe my on words. Earlier today, I decided to share my families menu. Our meals are made for 6-10 people per night. We use produce from our garden garden and cook a lot in our crock pots. If we can inspire more families to stretch their food dollars, I’m all for that. If you have any to share, please drop them below as well! Until
President Trump and members of Congress work together to resolve the shutdown quickly and responsibly we are in this together!

My Family of 9 Will NOT Starve! 
North Carolina residents who receive food stamp benefits will get them early because of the federal government shutdown that has resulted over a dispute over a wall at the U.S. and Mexico border.

“When we think about Mecklenburg County alone, we’re talking about approximately 60,000 households that receive food and nutrition services so we want them to know what’s happening,” Men Tchaas Ari from the Mecklenburg County Adult and Economic Services said.  If you have questions about your benefits, please call the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328.

Stop Wasting Money…

Things are getting tight! Congress is cutting even more resources for families, from wages, child care resources to SNAP. It’s okay. Be proactive and start spending more wisely. Life is full of stress & drama. Don’t let the stress of money be the down fall of your happy home. Will Smith said it best:      Too

Our boys bathroom decor!

Our boys bathroom decor!

many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like. You don’t have to be that way!

dr seus

Here are some simple money saving tips that anyone can do!

  • Use more cloth– do away with paper towels, and paper napkins.
  • Make your own household cleaners – I use vinegar and baking soda for almost everything!
  • Use your local library – I can pretty much request any book I would like to read and my library will let me know when it’s available!
  • Borrow items – barter, borrow and exchange almost anything & everything,etc with friends and family
  • Hang dry your clothing – Easy and they smell so good from being in the sun!
  • Turn down your heat – there’s no need for your heat to be as high at night time and while you’re out of the house for an extended period.
  • Make your own baby food – when you’re serving vegetables for your family, set some aside to make your own pureed/mashed baby food.
  • Shop clearance racks – If you’re in need of some clothing, wait until you find something great on the clearance racks!
  • Reuse your sandwich bags – Of course, I throw out the ones that held raw meat.

It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.-Jabela Ledsi


  • Use your plastic grocery bags as garbage bags – Occasionally I’ll end up with some plastic bags that I put to use in our kitchen and bathrooms!
  • Menu Plan – I know, I know, but it really does save us huge amounts of money! Try it and see how it works for you!
  • Think about your purchases before you make them – Walk away, if you find

    Never be ashamed to be YOU!

            A friends bedroom wall. Yes, I LOVE Dr. Seuss!

    you still need it or really love it after a period of time, then buy it. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked away and ended up not purchasing an item because I realized that I didn’t need it or want it that badly.

Here’s a few more resources:

Party at home.

More money advice from pigs. 🙂

LOWER YOUR mobile phone bill like I did- for real-Try Solavei

5 Extreme Ways to Go Frugal and Save
Make your own laundry detergent & other ways to stop throwing away money.

What are some tips you use?