Skip to Content

How to Get Cash from Food Stamps: 2 Legal Ways

How to Get Cash from Food Stamps: 2 Legal Ways

Wondering how to get cash from food stamps cards? Sure, most people will tell you this is impossible without TANF benefits… but we’ve found a few savvy shopping techniques that can help you get cash from your food stamps funds!


Just like everything else we publish here at, this information is 100% legal and 100% accurate. We’ve done a lot of research on these topics and we are committed to never publishing anything that is illegal or unethical. In fact, we’ve even done some of these ourselves.

So how does this work? Easy! The cash doesn’t come from your food stamps balance – it’s just a bonus! With these techniques, you’ll still get to spend every penny of your food stamps balance… and you’ll get extra cash to buy other essentials! This money doesn’t come from the government and isn’t part of your food stamps allotment at all.


Don’t forget to check out this post, which can show you how to get 300+ freebies and deals with your EBT card!

AdobeStock 194991425 1 for

Here’s how to get cash from food stamps.

If you’re wondering how to get cash from food stamps, then the answer depends on where you shop. We’ve found special techniques for Walmart and Costco shoppers, and one catch-all solution that works almost everywhere else!


Use Ibotta to get cash back!

You can use rewarded shopping apps like Ibotta to get cash back on your purchases from hundreds of different retailers! In fact, Ibotta works with over 150 grocery stores, from ACME to Wood’s Supermarket. Since their service focuses on claiming rewarded shopping offers and submitting receipts, you can use it with your EBT purchases.

The best part is that you can use Ibotta AND Walmart Savings Catcher together! There’s no better “how to get cash from food stamps” trick than that. Sign up with this link and you’ll get a welcome bonus if you redeem your first offer within a certain period of time.

Please note that you will have to redeem your first offer before the welcome bonus appears. Your first offer must be redeemed within 30 days. Unfortunately, “any brand” and “any receipt” offers do not count toward the welcome bonus.

Costco shoppers can get reward checks of up to $1,000!

This strategy is a little more complicated and requires a little more patience to yield results. However, since I have a larger family, I found this to be the most effective way of getting cash from my food stamps funds.

When we received our tax return, we bought an Executive Membership to Costco. The executive membership provides a 2% reward on all Costco purchases. Since we received approximately $550 per month in food stamps, we were able to earn up to $11 per month from our food stamps purchases. That’s $132 per year in extra money, just from our food stamps card. We also bought items like diapers and wipes at Costco, which increased our total reward check.

The check will arrive about six weeks before the end of your membership. You can use it to renew your membership or use it to shop at Costco! It’s not exactly cash, but it was my favorite method to get cash from food stamps.

Shop at Walmart? Get Walmart e-gift cards from your receipts.
Walmart Savings Catcher will be discontinued effective May 14, 2019. Keep reading to discover the two ways you can still get cash back from food stamps!

One of our readers, Nicole, shared this information with us:


“I love the Walmart Savings Catcher App! I have been using it since they switched from taking local ads to strictly using the app and to date I have saved $437.84! Those Walmart Bucks have saved the day on more than one occasion. I have two toddlers and I am ALWAYS buying diapers and wipes. The app is so easy to use and you receive the difference on an e gift card within 3 days of submission. Bonus: all of your receipts are saved on your app, so if you have to return something you don’t need to worry about saving the paper receipt.

The only drawback is you can’t just let the money sit there and build up, if you don’t spend it after a certain amount of time it’s removed from the e-gift card. It would have been nice to save it for the holidays.”

At the end of October, we were notified that the Savings Catcher would only be available with Walmart Pay. We knew this would adversely affect many of our readers, so we brought this issue to the attention of Walmart’s Media Relations department.

On October 30, 2018, I received the following email from Erin Hulliberger from the Walmart Corporate Communications office:

“Hi Nicole,

Since Walmart Pay is the exclusive to redeem Savings Catcher rewards for in-store purchases, as of October 29, we’re making Walmart Pay the exclusive way to submit purchases to Savings Catcher. This new process will allow all Savings Catcher users to seamlessly and consistently submit and spend rewards within the same convenient Walmart Pay experience.


That said, we understand some shoppers may be required to use methods such as EBT that are currently incompatible with Walmart Pay. These customers may contact Customer Care at 1.800.Walmart for details on how they can continue to participate in the Savings Catcher program for eligible items.”

If you’ve been discouraged by the recent changes to the Savings Catcher, don’t lose hope! Just reach out to Customer Care and they should be able to help you.

Looking for even more ways to save money? Click here!


Have too much month at the end of your money? Me too - and that's how Low Income Relief got started. I have over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Over the years, I've worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. My work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today,,, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), The Chronicle (Centralia, WA) and others. At Low Income Relief, I use my professional research and reporting experience to help low income families save money and make ends meet. It's been my full-time job since 2016, and it's truly an honor to serve you.

Brian Daniel

Monday 1st of November 2021

I just saw your post on medium. Read your bio as well. Great work ‘


Sunday 27th of June 2021

I'm confused.. how exactly do you get cash back with ebt card?

Tami Lewis

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

When you use food stamps to buy the grocery items listed on Ibotta, Fetch , checkout 51 and, you get money in your accounts on those apps. Then you cash out and you have cash.

Hannah Benge

Thursday 1st of July 2021

So you can't pull out cause with an EBT card. What we've put together is some options to earn cash from using your EBT. -Hannah


Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi there, I just want to know if me & my family can still receive food stamps if my husband is the only one working to pay for our expenses? Just lmk if anything & I’ll explain the rest later on if I get a reply back. Thank you so much & have a great day.

Hannah Benge

Friday 21st of May 2021

Yes. You can apply for foodstamps as long as his income falls within the correct amount. Make sure you file accurately and say how many people he is providing for. Here's some info on that . -Hannah

Jennifer conkel

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Didn’t they do away with it all together? Savings catcher ?

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

This is the most up to date information we have. -Hannah


Saturday 20th of June 2020

Is ibotta still giving rebates on items paid for with SNAP benefits? I recently received EBT benefits, and I bought & submitted Ibotta rebates for 1 food & 1 non-food item on the same receipt at Walmart. Looked fine until two days later when I reopened the Ibotta app to see they only gave the rebate for the non-food item & the food item was back in my available offers. ?

Hannah Benge

Thursday 25th of June 2020

You should be able to use snap benefits with Ibotta still, yes. This sounds like a technical issue. I recommend reaching out to the customer service on the app. Thanks- Hannah