Food Stamp cuts were to affect one in seven America. The increases were made as a result of the stimulus package in 2009. As of today, this was no more. That meant that a family of four had their entitlement cut by as much as $36 a month, according to KAUZ Channel 6 at 5 and CBS Nightly News. While this didn’t affect me, not getting the 3% across the board cost of living increase given by Social Security dropped by .2% from 1.7% to 1.5%. That meant that for me their would be at least $19 added to my checks next year.
While the GOP hoped to cut more from the Food Stamp program, as much as an additional 5%, my concern was how-to make the mandatory payments like Medicare Parts A, B, and D the rising cost of rent, renter’s insurance, utilities and the like. With the holidays coming up, critics of the food stamp cuts said that their would be a rise in the number of people that got assistance from local food banks.
The Lord provided as stated in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Most of my adult life was spent surviving on very little, so stretching a dollar wasn’t a new thing for me. My prayers went out to the families affected by these cuts to the food stamp program. Having faith, Hebrews 11:1 was one thing, but Matthew 17:20 said it best.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
My biggest problem was trying to find a vacuum cleaner, a pair of slippers, and a pair of sneakers at a good price. While finding a vacuum cleaner, a Bissell Zing was light weight, bagless, and well within my price range, under $60, the slippers and sneakers were a lot harder. Payless Shoe Source had what was needed, but both pair cost over $60. They didn’t have the mukluks purchased from Walmart were out of stock, so boot slippers were bought at the other store. Last night, a pair of Microfiber Monk Boots and a pair of Norwegian Knit Ankle Boots were bought from Dream Products Catalog for a little more than half spent at Payless. There was no need for a pair of sneakers at this time so the package was being returned to the store.
Like those who received food stamps, being able to manage the budget with less became paramount. With the above scripture, all were to survive.