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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 techniques 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 our EBT discount list as well.

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.

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.

Hyong Sok Kim

Tuesday 16th of May 2023

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Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Its been a while since the last update for this page but I will leave this here anyways.

the costco hack, I had the same kind of membership at sams club a few years ago and also got a check once a year.

Mary Ellen Elmore

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

Please recheck with Ibotta. According to their website on January 28, 2023:

Cash back is NOT valid: • On GROCERIES/FOOD, AUTOMOTIVE TIRES, VIDEO GAME HARDWARE, Apple Products, Beats Products, Gift Cards, Pharmacy, Precious Metals and anything else not listed above. • On the purchase of Grocery Pickup orders • On the purchase of gift cards • On taxes, shipping, gift card orders, or prescription drugs • If an order is cancelled, returned, or exchanged • On shopping carts that were built prior to clicking "Shop" on Ibotta

Nicole Thelin

Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Hey Mary Ellen, do you have a link for this? I suspect it's related to a specific promotion because I have not been able to confirm that Ibotta has stopped offering cash back for grocery purchases. In fact, there are a TON of current offers for food and groceries in my area that clearly offer cash back. I'm usually contacted by their affiliate care team whenever major changes are made to their service so I assume I would have been notified if they had stopped honoring grocery offer redemption. I will reach out to them but I am not going to update this article at this time because I've been unable to confirm these changes. Thanks! -Nicole

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Hi Susan. One of these options might work:

Brian Daniel

Monday 1st of November 2021

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