For SNAP Users
Trying to stay healthy on a tight budget can seem difficult. We’ve put together these useful resources and tips to make living and eating well easy for you.
USDA Resources for SNAP Clients
- SNAP Homepage
- Apply for SNAP benefits
- Eligibility Requirements
- SNAP retail locator
- EBT Contact Information by state
- State SNAP Hotline Numbers
Shopping on SNAP
- SNAPFresh App: Use your phone to find places nearby that accept SNAP
- WICShopper App: Use your phone to identify eligible products to purchase with SNAP
Shopping on a Budget
- Healthy Eating on a Budget – USDA MyPlate
- Eat Right When Money’s Tight Tip Sheet
- Food Allergies on a Budget
- Supermarket Savings: 16 Tips that Can Total Big Bucks
- 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit and Vegetable Budget
- Meal Planning, Shopping, and Budgeting
Cooking and Food
- Basic Foods for Cupboard, Freezer, and Fridge
- Inspired Home Cooking Blog
- Cooking 101: Healthy Eating on the Run
- Cooking 101: Cooking in Small Spaces Using a Microwave Oven
- Budget-Friendly Recipes
- 100+ Easy Budget Recipes
- Food Preparation and Cooking – USDA Resource Library
Exercise and Healthy Living
- Physical Activity for All Ages – CDC Physical Activity Guidelines
- Indoor Physical Activity Resources – USDA Resource Library
- Fitness Programs: 5 Steps to Getting Started – Mayo Clinic
Healthy Everyday Tips
- Plan your menus. Having a plan and sticking to it will prevent you from snacking on unhealthy foods.
- Prepare meals from scratch—it costs less and is healthier over the long run.
- Use coupons and pick grocery stores with the best deals for you.
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are bagged (these cost less than fruits and vegetables sold by the pound).
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. They are cheaper and fresher.
- Buy items like onions, garlic, and potatoes in bulk, as they have a long shelf life.
- Substitute lean turkey or chicken for ground beef. Bake, roast, or steam meats instead of frying them.
- Frozen vegetables are cheaper and fresher than canned.
- Choose healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit, which you can buy in bulk.
- Buy meats, fruits, and vegetables in bulk when they’re on sale, then freeze them for later use.