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Looking for free admission, cheap internet and other perks related to Wisconsin FoodShare card? A Wisconsin FoodShare card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more!
7 Things You Need to Know
I’ve been updating this list for years now, and I’ve learned quite a bit along the way. There are some things that many people don’t know about Wisconsin FoodShare!
- Apply for Wisconson EBT online. I’ve had many people tell me that the only reason they don’t have food stamps is because they’re too embarrassed to go into the office. You can apply online and skip the lines!
- You can buy fruit trees and gift baskets. No joke – this is all part of the actual federal FoodShare law. Here’s a list of unexpected things you can actually buy with your FoodShare funds.
- Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
- You may be eligible for more food stamps funds. Groceries are expensive. It’s tough to make ends meet when you have, on average, $1.40 per meal. That’s why we dug into the law to find ways that our readers could legally get even more food stamps funds. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways you can increase your food stamps budget!
- You can get cash back (it’s legal)! With smart shopping techniques, you can put cash back in your pocket when you shop with EBT. Here’s how.
- You can shop at many places. Some retailers, such as Farmer’s Markets, often offer double-up programs where you can get twice as much food as you pay for. Bulk retailers like Costco also accept food stamps. Here’s a list of places you can use FoodShare.
- You can use your EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you can also get EBT discounts in other states. All of our state lists use green titles to indicate what venues accept out-of-state EBT cards for discounts.
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! Amazon Prime includes FREE two-day shipping and FREE streaming access to thousands of titles. You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
Cell phones and service may be available FREE in your area! Choose a provider here.
Student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!
Summer food services offer free meals for children 18 and under during the summer months when free and low-cost school meals aren’t available.
Internet from Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more for just $5-$10 per month?! It’s true! Click here to see all the discounted Internet programs you could qualify for.
Power companies often have low income programs, including special low rates or free home improvement services! We received over $18,000 in free home improvements through these programs. Discover what your company offers here.
Property tax exemptions are often available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office. We even received a refund for the last two years of property taxes!
Veterinary care assistance is available! If you have a pet, you need to know about these agencies that may be able to assist with your pet’s vet bills.
YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! Contact your local YMCA for details.
For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We’ve also used green titles to indicate museums that accept EBT cards from all 50 states!
It is important to remember that you cannot pay for admission with your Wisconsin FoodShare card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
Building for Kids Children’s Museum – $2 per person
The Building for Kids Children’s Museum offers Access Admission of just $2 per person through the Museums for All programs. Local families who are experiencing financial dififculty may be able to acquire an Access Family Membership, also.
Northwoods Children’s Museum – $3 or less per person
Explore music, math, art, games, science, geography and reading at the Northwoods Children’s Museum! If you have an EBT card, you can visit this Museums for All partner for just $3 or less per person!
Children’s Museum of Eau Claire – $20 per family per year!
CMEC offers a discounted membership for qualifying families. The annual pass grants unlimited access to all exhibits, programs and special activities for up to two adults and all their children under age 18! Additional adults can be added for just $10 each. Members also receive discounts on birthday party packages, special event tickets and shop purchases.
To qualify, families must present valid ID, a complete application and one of the following:
- Dated EBT eligibility letter
- Military ID
- WIC card or dated folder
- Free or Reduced school lunch letter
Door County Maritime Museum: Death’s Door Maritime Museum – $2 per person
Death’s Door Museum showcases the area’s commercial fishing tradition. Guests can explore the 45 foot wooden fishing boat inside and out. They also showcase a shipwreck, a scuba diving exhibit, artifacts from the bottom of Lake Michigan and more. Up to four people can enter for just $2 each, with your EBT card.
Ephraim Historical Foundation – FREE
The Ephraim Historical Foundation preserves 5 museums to share the history, culture and beauty of Ephraim. Self-guided tours to all 5 museums are free.
Fond du Lac
Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac – $3 or less per person
As a Museums for All member, this children’s museum charges $3 or less per person for families with EBT cards.
In addition, they also offer an Every Child, Every Family scholarship to those who cannot afford regular admission. To receive scholarship dollars, you will need to fill out an application explaining your financial need.
Children’s Museum of La Crosse – $3 per person PER YEAR
Families who participate in public financial assistance programs (such as WIC or EBT) qualify for a discounted membership to Children’s Museum of La Crosse. For just $3 per member PER YEAR, you’ll receive unlimited admission for one year, a 10% gift shop discount, $1 off discount for guests, a discount on parties and events and more!
To qualify, you must meet the income limit. You may prove your income status by either submitting your most recent tax forms or providing evidence that you participate in a low income program (such as FoodShare, WIC, Head Start, etc). Also, you will need to complete this application.
Madison Children’s Museum – $1 per person or $15 per year
A generous Access for Everyone program is available from the Madison Children’s Museum. This program provides free family night during the first open Wednesday of each month. They also invite low income families to visit the museum for $1 per person (or $10 per year for subsidized memberships). To qualify, you must participate in one of the following low income programs:
- Free/reduced school lunch
- Section 8
- Head Start
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Foster Care
Manitowoc County Historical Society – $1 per person
or $20 per year
At this living history museum, you can feel the heat of the blacksmith’s forge, take a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse and more. The 60 acre interpretive site includes a Welcome Center and Pinecrest Historical Village.
Mark Family Access when you fill out and return this form, for your year long membership.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – FREE MEMBERSHIPS
Family Focus Memberships are available for free to low income families, teen parents, foster families, at-risk fathers and other demographics. In addition to unlimited admission for an entire year, Family Focus Memberships provide additional family support through free parenting education programs, transportation assistance (bus passes or free parking vouchers) and more!
To learn more about who qualifies and how to get one, please visit the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum website.
Milwaukee Art Museum – $20 per YEAR
The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a Family Access Membership to anyone who participates in Wisconsin FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid or WIC. These memberships are the same as a Family Membership, which usually costs $85! Learn more about this discount and how to get it on the Milwaukee Art Museum website!
Milwaukee Public Museum – $3 per person
Originally chartered in 1882, the Milwaukee Public Museum has been inspiring curiosity, and exciting minds for close to 140 years!
According to their website, you can, “Take a small step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee, European Village, and to ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Or, take a giant leap back more than 65 million years to The Third Planet and see one of the largest dinosaur skulls ever found. Stroll amid free-flying butterflies from around the world in the Puelicher Butterfly Wing.”
Above & Beyond Children’s Museum – $10 per year
Above & Beyond Children’s Museum offers a Family Access Membership for just $10 per year! This membership starts at $10 for one year, but families are encouraged to pay what they are able. Family Access Members are afforded all of the same benefits as Family Members, including free admission for one year for two parents and all of their children, priority registration for special events and admission to members-only events.
Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum – $1 per person
Discounted admission to CWCM features many different exhibits and programs, including the Create-It! Art Room, Happy Teeth Dental Clinic, Good to Grow Grocery and more! View all their offerings by clicking here.
The CWCM offers a 6 month membership for just $20. This membership includes unlimited access to the Museum and drop-in programs for up to 2 adults and all children in the home. Families must register at the museum and have their Foodshare card and photo I.D. present to sign up for this membership.
Door County Maritime Museums: Sturgeon Bay – $2 per person
The museum discusses the area’s rich maritime tradition and tells the story of fishermen, craftsmen, inventors and lighthouse keepers. Up to four people can enter for just $2 each, with your EBT card.
Wausau Children’s Museum – $1 per child
Children up to age 12 will enjoy the daily sensory activities, play spaces, creative projects and more. Located in the Wausau mall, this museum offers admission for just $1 per child through the Museums for All program, when you show your FoodShare card! Adults and caregivers are free.