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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 this post, which can show you how to get 300+ freebies and deals with your EBT card!

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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.

Shop at Walmart? Get Walmart e-gift cards from your receipts.
Walmart Savings Catcher will be discontinued effective May 14, 2019. Review the article above 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.

James Barnett

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

I would love to sell some food stamps legally gob bless 🙌 thank you


Tuesday 24th of May 2022

I’ve never thought about rewards programs but I’ve always known that bottle deposits are another way. While the return is small, if you’re a family that drinks a lot of bottled water or canned soda then those small bottle deposits add up. They can be paid for using food stamps and can be returned for money.


Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Hi Nicole, Thanks for sharing. Learned much in the short time I was on. Thanks for sharing. I would love to share another resource I use to get Redeemable Points for Gift Cards when I buy select groceries with my EBT. How can I contact you?


Saturday 21st of May 2022

Thanks for letting us know! I’m glad we were able to help.

John Gore

Monday 21st of March 2022

I only get food stamps that's something new to me about cash for stamps


Tuesday 17th of May 2022

@John Gore, yes what Nicole shares works. You would shop like you normally would however on select items using the App she shared you would receive cash back. I use it and another app. Had them prior to EBT. This month I received close to $80 cash back with the one. And the other I would like to share with Nicole and she could share if she so desires, I received points on my shopping trip that I was blessed to redeem for two $25 Visa Gift Cards, 1 $10 Walmart and 1 $5 CVS. Sincerely, Rose

candace Browning

Friday 25th of February 2022

Please I am doing all I can to take care of 4 children. I need yallz help


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!