by Ivan Herman
That’s how much we had left on our SNAP budget at the end of the month. 87 cents. Not much room for error, and not much of a cushion for frills and extras.
On Thursday we had run out of milk and fruit. We had $9.27 left in our budget.
I took my son to the grocery store in the afternoon.
$3.49 for milk
$1.95 for six bananas
$1.99 for a whole, fresh pineapple (score!)
I tallied it up in my head: about $7.50, and figured I could buy only two Fuji apples on sale at $1.49 per pound (it came out to $.97). I asked Robin to pick the two apples. He plunked two into the bag, then grabbed for a third.
“Sorry, little dude, but we don’t have the money to buy a third apple.”
“But I like apples.”
“Yeah, me too.” <<sigh>>
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