Skip to Content

What bills count for food stamps?

What bills count for food stamps?

Have you ever wondered what bills count for food stamps? When you complete your first application for food stamps, you are asked a lot of questions about your income and expenses… but what expenses actually count as food stamps deductions?

Advertisements

We have the answer and it may surprise you!

What bills count for food stamps?

There are a handful of expenses that can count as food stamps deductions. These expenses can be grouped into just a few primary categories: Housing, Child Care and Medical.

Advertisements

Housing Costs

Most of your housing-related expenses can count toward your food stamps. Incidentally, this is one reason why so many people wonder if they can still get food stamps even if they don’t pay rent.

If you’re wondering “what bills count for food stamps?” then you can include these in your list:

Advertisements

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Light or electric bill
  • Water or sewer bill
  • Gas bill if you use gas to cook or heat your home.
  • Garbage pick-up fees
  • Phone line (one basic phone line per residence)
  • Property tax or insurance costs

In some states, a standard utility deduction is used. In these areas, it is not important to prove how much you actually pay in utilities because they use the same standard amount for every household.

Child Care Expenses

If you have minor children, then there are certain childcare related expenses that also count as food stamps deductions. This is very helpful, since children can be very expensive to feed!

If you have kids, add these to the “What bills count for food stamps?” list:

  • Child support payments that you are court-ordered to pay
  • Day care or babysitting expenses

Please note that day care and babysitting expenses must be related to employment or education. They only count if you are working, looking for work or attending school.

Only court-ordered child support payments will count toward this. If you pay extra, the overages will not be counted. You may be asked to provide court documentation to verify your actual court obligation in order to receive this deduction.

Medical Expenses

If you are over the age of 60 or disabled, then you can also count a lot of your medical expenses toward your food stamps! This is one of the most surprising things people uncover when they start questioning what bills count for food stamps.

You could potentially include your insurance co-pays, hospital bills, prescription and over-the-counter medication costs, and even the mileage to and from your appointments! This a very important deduction for seniors and people who are disabled.

Advertisements

Please note that if you have to pay for personal care for an elderly or disabled member of your household while you work, then the cost of that care is probably also deductible. Pet care expenses are never counted, however.

Other Deductions

There are a few other deductions that don’t exactly correlate with bills that you pay. For example, these include the standard deduction, earnings deduction and more. These are calculated automatically by the food stamps office.

For more information about about how these are calculated, please click over to our other post, “How to Get More Food Stamps!”

Do you have more questions like “What bills count for food stamps?”

We write extensively about food stamps topics. If you have more food stamps questions, be sure to check out these helpful posts!

I hope this helps! If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below!

Advertisements

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, eHow.com, Livestrong.com, 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.

Jean Tarry

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

What are the special exceptions for shelter deductions for elderly/disabled?

Isaac

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Kerstin Marsik

Monday 21st of February 2022

Can I pay my electric bill with food stamps in Louisiana?

Isaac

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Martha Poore

Monday 17th of January 2022

Do they use house insurance

Isaac

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Amanda J

Sunday 16th of January 2022

I've been receiving SNAP for a few years in Southern California. Recently, assumingly due to a couple of people now working from home, the electric bill has skyrocketed (over $300). They want to put the bill in my name so it applies the SNAP discount. I wonder if that would affect anything on my end since I didn't have anything in my name before.

Isaac

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Nancy J. Veloff

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

how do I claim Rx, Dr. Bills, over the counter meds etc?

Isaac

Monday 13th of December 2021

Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/