For many families, the ability to enjoy the benefits of the Women, Infants and Children’s supplemental food program means the difference between having enough formula or milk to drink each month. This program better known as WIC is a great grant sponsored method of helping lower-income families stretch their budget and maintain good health. Learning How To Use Coupons With WIC In California benefits you to make this extra food budget go that much farther for your family. While every state varies on their requirements and regulations related to the WIC program, we are going to share some great tips and benefits you get from it if you are on WIC and living in California.
The WIC program benefits pregnant and nursing moms, infants and children under the age of 5. This program gives families access to milk, eggs, cheese, dry beans, peanut butter, bread, tortillas, juice, and some fruits or vegetables for months. While this is not a program that hands out money to individuals, it does present checks that are redeemed in store for the products listed and approved by the individual state and national guidelines.
Some tips listed in the California WIC information:
Stretch your WIC checks and food dollars:
- Buy lower-priced milk and twin-packed milk when available
- Use grocery store club cards
- Use store WIC coupons (examples below)
Example: You will find that some local stores offer STORE coupons that Can be used in conjunction with Wic checks. The circled WIC coupon above will give you a FREE box of General Mills cereal. However, you become eligible for this Free box when you purchase 2 General Mills Kix or Cheerios (which are WIC approved). Depending on your qualifications–you might have a WIC voucher that allows for 36 oz of Breakfast cereal. This is a perfect combo to use the free store coupon from above! The STORE actually gives you the box for free.
- Buy store or generic brands
- Take advantage of buy one get one free special
WIC checks must be applied only to specific food items that fall within the guidelines listed in your California WIC program information. This is typically a set brand, ounce limit and of course limit per purchase. These checks must be used in separate transactions from the rest of your purchases and cannot be combined with other discounts.
You cannot use coupons directly on WIC purchases, you can, however, utilize savings apps and programs to redeem cashback on products purchased with your WIC vouchers. This gives you a chance to stretch your other food dollars farther.
Once you have redeemed your WIC vouchers for items like milk, formula, cereal, bread, cheese and fruits or vegetables, save your receipt to use later. You can scan and submit your receipt to various savings apps for potential cashback rewards given for choosing specific branded items.
Great savings apps to consider for this:
Take advantage of the potential cashback savings to then apply to your other purchases in the future. Since WIC checks are for specific food products and not a dollar amount, you typically cannot use coupons to make that check go farther. To be eligible depends on the fruits and vegetables you purchase. This check is for a specific dollar amount, so you may be eligible to use in-store WIC coupons or digital coupons on your store rewards cards to lower the price of the vegetables thus stretching your WIC dollars even farther. You will get both financial and health benefits.
If you are eligible for WIC for your family, ask your local office more about how to budget your WIC checks into your food dollars for months. Take advantage to get the benefits of the WIC program to supplement your family grocery budget and ensure your children under the age of 5 are being fed nutritious foods every day to stay in good health.
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January 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm
Josie we appreciate all that you do and I know your plate is full, but is it possible to indicate store coupons that match up with wic in your matchups? This would be super helpful since I plan my entire grocery budget based on your website!
January 10, 2015 at 10:12 am
I can definitely try to make posts dedicated to it. Unfortunately, the match ups are too complex as it is.. adding something new might confuse people.
January 12, 2015 at 11:30 am
Brittany, Vons is the only store I’ve seen that has kind of “dedicated” coupons to use with WIC checks. All the ones above can be used, not just the cereal one. The $8 produce one should be used with sales, or at food 4 less where their overall price is less, or the Ralphs example below is an excellent one on how to get more with that check.
January 10, 2015 at 12:13 am
My family has $8 fruits/veggies WIC checks so I use the $5/$15 Ralph’s eCoupon and pay ~$2 OOP for fresh produce which I usually freeze which of.