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In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the fascinating realm of what you can purchase with your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card on Amazon. While many people associate EBT cards exclusively with groceries, there's a world of possibilities awaiting those who want to make the most of their benefits. From personal care items to household essentials and even some surprising options, you'll be amazed at what you can access with your EBT card on Amazon.

To Summarize... 

Here are some surprising things you can buy with an EBT card:

  • Food: You can buy food online from participating retailers in your state. You can also buy junk food like candy, cookies, ice cream, soda, chips, and crackers.
  • Plants: You can buy edible plants like basil or food-producing plants like tomato plants. You can also buy seeds for growing your own food.
  • Meals: You can buy meals at restaurants.
  • Drinks: You can buy water, bags of ice, cold drinks, and meal replacement shakes.
  • Other items: You can buy fishing and hunting gear, coffee and tea, and Atkins Bars.

You can also buy some items on Amazon with EBT, including:

  • Chia Pets
  • Coffee Pods
  • Games
  • Emergency Kit Food Supply
  • Zollipops Anticavity Prevention
  • Listerine Pocketmist
  • Electrolyte Powder
  • Cotton Candy Color Mix Slime
  • Lotion & Moisturizer

You can't use food stamps to buy:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco products, Vitamins, Live animals, Prepared foods, Any non-food household items.

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There was a time when you could only use your SNAP benefits to buy groceries in brick-and-mortar grocery stores and the like. However, since more people shop online than ever before, big online retailers like Amazon adapted and take the electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card for a number of things. Some of those things might surprise you.
For those who may not know, you can get a HUGE discount on Amazon Prime if you have EBT or Medicaid. If you participate in an eligible program, you can get Amazon Prime for just $6.99 per month instead of the usual $14.99 per month!
They’ve even expanded the number of qualifying programs, so that you can get this discount if you get WIC, TANF or TTANF, SSI, NSLP, Medicaid, LIHEAP, EIP Cards and more. It’s a great deal that saves a lot of people a lot of money so I highly recommend it.
I know at first not much was available while using EBT on Amazon. However, recently, I dug through HUNDREDS of pages of Amazon listings and discovered that there is actually a lot of really surprising things you can buy with EBT on Amazon… but not all of it makes sense.
*Please note EBT eligibility and availity may vary. All were available for my area at the time of posting, however, listings are subject to change or be pulled.
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What is EBT?

Before diving into unexpected items available for purchase with SNAP EBT, those new to SNAP or considering applying for SNAP, you may be wondering about the program.
Millions of Americans need assistance with purchasing food at some point in their lives. While many individuals are fortunate enough to have robust support systems to help provide meals, others don’t have that luxury. The pandemic has made it even worse. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, is beneficial and comes in handy for those who need it. This federal program (once known as Food Stamps) helps feed low-income Americans who otherwise may not have the means to put food on the table.
A SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card helps people buy nutritious food at EBT-participating stores. The program ensures that no one goes hungry – children can grow into adults and that seniors can afford to eat as healthily as working adults. 
According to the USDA, SNAP benefits are for the purchase of items in the following categories:
  • Fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products
  • Breads, cereals, canned vegetables and pantry staples
  • Other foods such as snacks, seeds and non-alcoholic beverages
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Can you use SNAP benefits to shop online?

Many online retailers now accept SNAP benefits as payment, which is great news for those with limited mobility, who live in rural areas, or who don’t have a car. Many retailers also offer free shipping too, making it just as economically sound as going to the local grocery store. Some participating stores include Aldi, Walmart, Amazon, Safeway, and Albertsons, just to name a few. You can find which stores serve your area by looking online.
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Why can you buy this stuff?

Strictly speaking, the USDA says you can use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy “any food for the household,” but you cannot buy non-food items. You’re supposed to purchase food for human consumption only. The law states, “The term “food” means any food or food product for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, tobacco, those foods which are identified on the package as being imported, and meat and meat products which are imported.”
Now, there are some situations where you can buy items that aren’t strictly food. you’re allowed to purchase seeds, produce-bearing plants, and even gift baskets when at least half the basket’s value comes from eligible food items. That’s the rule: at least half the value of the non-food item must be from the food. That creates a bit of a gray area. Many of the EBT-eligible items I found on Amazon fall into that gray area.
However, some of the items I found were clearly mistakes. With a retailer as big and complicated as Amazon, there’s bound to be glitches in the system. According to Amazon’s EBT question and answer section, “The Grocery and Gourmet Food category on Amazon features pantry staples, shelf-stable food, and household items available nationwide.”
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Before we begin…

Before we get into our list, I want to be perfectly and completely clear about something: I will NEVER encourage you to use your benefits illegally. I do NOT recommend buying items that are clearly ineligible with your food stamps. This content is for informational and entertainment purposes only.
Things You Didnt Know You Could Buy with EBT on Amazon closetsamples EBT ELIGIBLE
Although I did not purchase any of these items with EBT, I did make sure they were all marked EBT-eligible at the time of purchase. However, these things frequently change (especially for items that fall into that gray area we discussed). These items may not be EBT-eligible at the time you are reading this, so you should always check each Amazon listing for that SNAP EBT Eligible label.
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What are some surprising things you can buy with EBT on Amazon?

These are listed in no particular order. I hope these help someone on EBT who could use them:

EBT-Eligible Toys & Games

#10 Roller Derby Roller Star Women's Roller Skates - Bubblegum Color in Size 8 ONLY!

EBT-Eligible Weight Loss Supplements

Amazon has a great selection of EBT-eligible weight loss products. Rather than listing them all, I figured it made more sense to just link directly to the page.
The average price was around $20, although some were as low as $10 and some were $40 or more. These products are usually considered meal replacements, which is why they are EBT-eligible at Amazon and most other retailers as well. 
A few stand out products:
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EBT-Eligible Pet Stuff


EBT-Eligible Plants & Seeds

You can order gardening seeds and live herb plants! There are tons to choose from. Also, search Back to the Roots brand products as well as they have a ton of EBT-eligible items!
Here are a few of the items that fall into those categories:
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EBT-Eligible Kitchen Goodies

#14 Amoretti Premium Floral Syrups - Tons of options!
#17 Jordan's Skinny mixes - Tons of options!
Under the kitchen category, you can also include coffee pods as eligible for purchase with EBT. There are a LOT to choose from do I'll let you browse the list rather than listing each one. This includes K-cups such as: 
  1. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Dark Magic Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Dark Roast Coffee, 72 Count
  2. Starbucks K-Cup Coffee Pods, Naturally Flavored Coffee Variety Pack for Keurig Brewers, 100% Arabica, 6 Boxes (60 Pods Total)
  3. Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection Sampler Pack, Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Compatible with all Keurig 1.0/Classic, 2.0 and K-Café Coffee Makers, Variety Pack, 40 Count

EBT-Eligible Gift Crates

According to the USDA, you can buy certain gift baskets as long as at least half of the value of the item comes from the food inside. That’s obviously been a recurring theme in this post as well. As a result, Amazon has a TON of special gift crates that are marked EBT-eligible. Since there are quite a bit, once again, I am not listing them individually. Some include non-food items like baskets, floral arrangements, socks, and even a beautiful keepsake mahogany photo box. That definitely puts these among the most shocking things you can buy with EBT on Amazon!
Here are just a few gift sets you may find:
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EBT-Eligible Emergency Kit Food Supply

In case of emergencies, disaster experts recommend you have as much as a week's worth of food stored in case you can't leave your home. Amazon sells an Augason Farms lunch and dinner 4-gallon pail emergency food supply that you can purchase with EBT. There are quite a few on these so I simply linked to the search page rather than listing all available options.
Additionally, some freeze-dried foods are eligible as well, such as these:

EBT-Eligible Pedialyte & Other Health Products

Did you know that items like PediaSure and Pedialyte are SNAP eligible? Ideal for children and adults, it should be comforting to know you can buy Pedialyte in bulk using your EBT account on Amazon. There are quite a few on these so I simply linked to the search page rather than listing all available options.
Also, here are some other health products you can get with your EBT card:
#1 YumEarth Vitamin C Pops - Quite a lot of options to choose from!

EBT Eligible Household, Beauty, & Skincare Items

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Save Money on Your Wireless Phone Service

When you qualify for government benefit programs like SNAP, you may also be eligible for Lifeline or the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Both Lifeline and ACP are government-run programs that help low-income consumers receive free or heavily discounted communication services. Click here to find out more and apply for this valuable benefit. 
How to use SNAP EBT benefits on Amazon?
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How to use SNAP EBT benefits on Amazon?

To use SNAP EBT benefits on Amazon, follow these steps:
1) Check Eligibility: Ensure that you are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and that your state participates in the SNAP Online Purchasing Program. Not all states offer this option, so confirm your eligibility with your local SNAP office.
2) Create an Amazon Account: If you don't already have one, sign up for an Amazon account.
3) Add SNAP EBT Card: Go to the Amazon website and log in to your account. Navigate to "Account & Lists" and select "Your Account." Under the "Amazon Wallet" section, choose "Manage Payment Options." Here, you can add your SNAP EBT card information.
4) Shop for Eligible Items: Amazon offers a wide range of eligible food items that can be purchased with SNAP EBT benefits. Look for items labeled "SNAP EBT eligible" while browsing.
5) Add Items to Cart: Add the items you want to purchase to your cart.
6) Proceed to Checkout: When you're ready to check out, go to your shopping cart, review your order, and select "Proceed to Checkout."
7) Choose EBT Card Payment: During the checkout process, you'll see payment options. Choose your SNAP EBT card as the payment method.
8) Enter EBT Card Information: You'll be prompted to enter the EBT card number and other required information.
9) Complete the Purchase: Confirm your order and complete the purchase.
10) Enter Your PIN: After the order is placed, you may need to enter your EBT card PIN at the time of delivery or pickup, depending on your location and Amazon's policies.
11) Enjoy Your Food: Once the transaction is successful, your SNAP EBT benefits will be used to pay for the eligible items, and your food will be on its way! 
Remember that Amazon also offers Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry for grocery delivery and pickup services, which can be convenient for using SNAP EBT benefits. Double-check the eligibility of the items you select and make sure to follow any specific guidelines provided by Amazon and your state's SNAP program. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I buy electronics with my EBT card on Amazon?

Yes, you can purchase certain electronics with your EBT card if they are EBT-eligible. However, not all electronics are covered, so it's essential to check the eligibility status of the item you want to buy.

Q: Are clothing and apparel items EBT-eligible?

No, clothing and apparel items are typically not eligible for purchase with EBT cards. These benefits are primarily intended for essential items like food and household necessities.

Q: Can I use my EBT card for Amazon Prime membership?

No, EBT cards cannot be used to pay for Amazon Prime memberships. Prime memberships are considered a subscription service and are not covered by EBT benefits. However, you do get a discount on your prime membership for having EBT or Medicaid!

Q: What is the best way to find EBT-eligible items on Amazon?

To find EBT-eligible items on Amazon, you can use the search filter option. Look for the "EBT eligible" filter in the left sidebar when browsing.

Q: Is there a limit to how much I can spend with my EBT card on Amazon?

EBT cardholders are subject to the same spending limits as when shopping in physical stores. The specific spending limits vary depending on your household size and income.

Q: Can I buy gift cards with my EBT card?

No, EBT cards cannot be used to purchase gift cards on Amazon or elsewhere. They are intended for purchasing essential items for personal use. 

Q: Does Amazon EBT Work In All 50 States?

Almost. Amazon EBT works in all states except Alaska. You can also use EBT in Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

Q: Do I Have To Be An Amazon Prime Member to Use EBT?

No. You don’t need an Amazon Prime membership in order to use EBT benefits for Amazon items. This means you also have access to Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market without being a Prime member. Likewise, on SNAP EBT-eligible orders, you can get free delivery without needing a Prime membership.

Q: How Does Amazon Verify My EBT Status?

Amazon verifies your EBT status by requiring you to enter your EBT number. You must qualify again each year to ensure your EBT status has not changed. 

Q: Can Items Be Sold by a 3rd Party Seller?

No. For items to EBT eligible, they MUST be shipped by Amazon and sold by Amazon. Items sold by 3rd party sellers are not eligible. 

Q: Is the Return Policy The Same When Using EBT?

Yes. If you aren’t satisfied with your Amazon Fresh store item or Amazon Go item, you can return it to receive a refund if you paid using EBT. To return your Amazon Fresh or Amazon Go item for a refund you paid with EBT:
1. Visit “Your Orders” (on your Amazon account).
2. Navigate to the item you wish to return (that was bought using EBT)
3. Select “Request Item Refund”.
4. Follow the additional directions provided.
It’s important to note it can take up to 10 business days for the refund to be issued back onto your EBT card once the refund has been processed.
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Using your EBT card on Amazon opens up a world of possibilities beyond groceries. From personal care to household essentials, baby supplies to educational materials, and even some unexpected items, you can make the most of your benefits. Take advantage of the convenience of online shopping to access the products you need. Start exploring the world of Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy with EBT on Amazon today!

Stay tuned! If I come across anything else I'll post it up!

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