What can I buy with my EBT card?
There are certain restrictions on what exactly SNAP enrollees can purchase using an EBT card. SNAP funds are intended to help families and individuals cover grocery costs in their households. As a result, petitioners who wonder, “What can I buy with an EBT card?” must remember that they are required to purchase items that fall within food categories.
In fact, SNAP has specific rules regarding what types of items the EBT card will not cover. This helps to simplify the purchasing process, so that program participants have a clear idea of how they may use their SNAP benefits before they enter the store. Across the country, food stamps users are prohibited from dipping into their EBT card balance to purchase the following items:
- Beers, liquors or tobacco products
- Pet food
- Household products such as toilet paper, paper towels or cleaning supplies
- Medicine or vitamins
- Premade hot meals that can be eaten in the store
On the other hand, there is a long list of items users can buy with their SNAP benefits. Enrollees may use an EBT card to purchase items from any of the basic food groups. This includes meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and even snack foods and candy.