Everyday NhanSense – Day 112

Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 112’s Topic: Food.
It’s time for grocery shopping.

Not having a vehicle of my own makes it a tad inconvenient to get groceries when I really need them. Nonetheless, I manage by either taking the bus or manning up and just walking up the steep hill by foot, all while hauling a bunch of grocery bags in each hand. Or if I am lucky, I can hitch a ride with a friend.

Below is what my fridge has inside at the moment, which is not much.


But it’s OK. It’s not like I can’t afford to buy more groceries.

Actually, below is a picture of an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Card I had to get that is no longer in effect. I got scared a few months back because I was jobless, wasn’t sure how long it would take before I would end up back on my feet and so circumstances prompted me to get one.


It’s actually very easy to get such a card if you are really poor like I was.

Let’s just say it took a lot of pride swallowing before I mustered up the courage to step foot in the government office to put in the paperwork to acquire this card.

My friend made a good point with me about why I should get one for the time being.

Either I starved or got this card to keep me fed until things improved with both the job and bank account situation. Once I stabilized, I would stop needing to use the card. Simple, right?

Well, this card was a lifesaver. It was cool to have roughly $200 of EBT money a month to buy the food I needed to tide me over in a pinch. No longer did I have to worry about not having food or drinks at home.

The real plus side? The card itself is quite discreet. We have come a long way since the times where my mom had to use the paper food stamps that held up the checkout line where everyone could visibly see that you were using food stamps.

More often than not, I would just casually slide this card while checking out, and everyone else around me wouldn’t even notice that I was using the EBT and not a regular debit card instead. But honestly, it’s not like anyone would really pay that much attention to such a thing, let alone care.

But yeah, after a while, the card has been turned off because I have been making too much money above the decreased poverty level in my state. But it’s OK. It means I am heading in the right direction.

The EBT Card kept me afloat when I was sinking, so perhaps I will just keep the card lying around me on my desk as a reminder of a humbling, but eye-opening phase in my life.

Grocery shopping is a necessity. It’s something you take for granted until you realize every penny counts just to feed yourself.

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction


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