Your Arizona QUEST (EBT) food benefits card can be used to purchase live lobsters, gift baskets and more! You can also use it to get discounted admission to several awesome destinations, including the Phoenix Zoo!
Please note that the museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. These venues accept EBT cards from all 50 states, so you don’t have to be an Arizona resident to get these great deals!
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i.d.e.a. Museum – $3 per person for 4 people
The i.d.e.a. museum inspires nearly 105,000 visitors every year with popular art and art-inspired activities and exhibitions. You can browse the current exhibitions here.
The i.d.e.a museum is a Museums for All partner, effective July 1, 2017.
Children’s Museum of Oro Valley – $3 per person, up to 4 people
Early childhood education and school readiness is emphasized at this children’s museum, designed for children up to age 5. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday between 9am and 4pm. It is also open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm.
As a Museums for All partner, the museum must offer discounted admission ($3 or less) for families with EBT cards. I have left a request for more information about this museum’s policies and I will update this post when I hear back.
The children’s museum is located at 11015 North Oracle Rd in Oro Valley.
Arizona Science Center – $3 per person, up to 4 people
The Arizona Science Center is now a Museums for All participant! Visit the Flight Zone, SkyCircle, Solarville, Digital World and WONDER Center for just $3 per person! Thanks for the tip, Lisa!
Phoenix Zoo – $3 per person, up to 4 people
The Phoenix Zoo has joined the Museums for All program! If you have an EBT card, you can now receive admission for just $3 for up to four people! Thanks for the tip, Guadalupe!
Tucson Children’s Museum – $3 per person, up to 4 people
With so many interactive, playful exhibits for children, the Tuscon Children’s Museum is worth visiting again and again. The mini Nano exhibit, investigation station, imaginarium and special under-4 play area help children learn through play.
As a Museums for All partner, the museum must offer discounted admission ($3 or less) for families with EBT cards. They mention this discount on their website but do not specifically state what the exact price is. I have left a request for more information about this museum’s policies and I will update this post when I hear back.
The museum is located at 200 S 6th Ave in Tucson.
Tucson residents can save money on programs and clubs (like swim lessons and KIDCO).
If you’re a low income Tucson resident, apply for the city’s Discount Program! You can save 50% on things like Schoolzout, KIDCO, KIDCO Inclusion, In-Betweeners’ Club, Junior Staff in Training, Theraputic Recreation and Swim Lessons! You’ll also get a 25% discount on quarterly/annual Center passes, annual Swim passes and Senior Activity cards!
Your discount expires every 12 months, so you’ll need to reapply every year. Click here for more information, including income guidelines!
Tucson residents can also save money on their utilities!
Low income Tucson residents can receive help with their water, sewer, wastewater, trash and recycling bills!
You can receive a $12 credit toward your monthly trash service’s Environmental Service charges. To qualify, you must meet income guidelines, have the utility bill in your name and currently pay the city’s ES fee. You’ll have to re-enroll in the Low Income Assistance Program every year. Here’s some more information about that.
To be eligible for the Limited Income Assistance Program from Tucson water, you must meet certain household size and income guidelines. You must have the utilities in your name.
You can also qualify for:
- Free water audits that check for leaks, flow rates and efficiency. You may receive new low-flow fixtures, faucet aerators and other water-saving devices! You’ll also receive customized advice about how to save money on your water bills!
- Free toilet replacement for older toilets (made in 1991 or older) that use 3.5 or more gallons per flush. To qualify, you must be a low to moderate income homeowner.
- Rainwater harvesting grants and loans can help you capture, divert and store rainwater for plant irrigation. Grants of up to $400 are available – and loans of up to $1,500 may be available! Sonoran Environmental Research Inc. (SERI) also has a discounted rain barrel program you may qualify for.
Wait – there’s more!!!!
Did you know you could use your EBT benefits for purchases from these sellers?
- Farmer’s Markets
- Sam’s Club – Thanks for the tip, Rosanna!
- Papa Murphy’s
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits, but the delivery charge must be paid separately. If you can’t pay the delivery charge, you will not be allowed to keep your order.
- Starbucks locations inside grocery stores can also accept EBT for drinks and food items.
In addition to your usual groceries, EBT benefits can also be used to purchase:
- Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label. You cannot purchase energy drinks with a “supplement facts” label because they are supplements (not food) according to the FDA.
- Live lobsters and other shellfish you will eat.
- Pumpkins that are edible and not just simply decorative.
- Birthday and other special cakes that are decorated in the bakery, as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
- Gift baskets can be purchased with EBT benefits as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a large bear with a small box of chocolates would not qualify, but a large box of chocolates with a small bear might.