Michigan EBT Discounts: How to Save Money with Your Benefits Card

Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, is a system that allows state welfare departments in the United States to issue benefits via a magnetically-encoded payment card, similar to a debit card. In Michigan, these EBT cards enable qualifying residents to receive their food assistance and cash benefits electronically. The card is commonly referred to as the Michigan Bridge Card, and it is widely accepted at various outlets across the state, including grocery stores, farmers markets, and some retail locations.

Beyond purchasing food items, the Michigan EBT program reciprocates with extra discounts and perks for cardholders. These discounts are designed to support low-income families and individuals in accessing a variety of essential services, including discounted transportation, reduced admission fees to cultural institutions, and even discounted utilities in some cases. The purpose of these added benefits is to alleviate financial burdens and facilitate access to resources that can improve the quality of life for those relying on public assistance programs.

Museums and Cultural Institutions

Cardholders may enjoy reduced admission fees at many museums and cultural institutions. This includes a discounted entry for both adults and children, allowing families to explore and learn at a fraction of the cost.

  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Reduced admission fee of $3 per person for up to four individuals per EBT card.
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: $1.75 per person for up to 6 people with the presentation of a Michigan EBT card.

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R. Street
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Impression 5 Science Center
200 Museum Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48933

Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503

Flint Children’s Museum
1602 W. University Ave.
Flint, Michigan 48504

Saginaw Art Museum
1126 North Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48602

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum
5093 E. Remus Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858

Alden B. Dow Museum
1801 W. St. Andrews
Midland, Michigan 48640

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum
301 S. Superior Street
Albion, Michigan 49224

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
11 Sheldon Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Forever Curious Children’s Museum
202 E Main St
Fennville, Michigan 49408 United States
(269) 561-8494

Public Transportation Options

Reduced fares on public transportation can be a significant help, facilitating travel for work, school, or leisure.

  • DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation): Reduced fare cards available for those with valid EBT cards.
  • The Rapid in Grand Rapids: Offers a fare reduction program where eligible EBT cardholders can apply for a Wave card at discounted rates.

Educational Resources and Assistance

EBT benefits extend to educational programs, providing families and individuals with support for critical learning resources.

  • Michigan’s Path to Literacy Program: Offers literacy classes with materials at no cost for EBT recipients.
  • Michigan State University Extension: Provides workshops on nutrition education and cooking demonstrations to EBT cardholders for free or at a low cost.

Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Cardholders

If you are a holder of a Michigan Bridge Card, you can now access Amazon Prime at a reduced rate through the Amazon Prime EBT Discount. This program allows you to enjoy all the premium features of Prime membership for less than half the regular monthly fee.

Prime Membership Costs

  • Regular Cost: $12.99 per month
  • Discounted Cost with EBT Card: $5.99 per month

Benefits of the EBT Discount

Amazon is part of the USDA’s pilot program that allows vendors to accept food stamps online, including for delivery services. This means that Prime members can use their benefits to purchase groceries through Amazon Pantry in select regions.

What Does Amazon Prime Offer?

  • Fast, Free Delivery: Free shipping on over 50 million items. Certain urban areas also benefit from free same-day delivery on more than a million items and free two-hour delivery on essentials through Prime Now.
  • Streaming Entertainment: Unlimited instant streaming of TV shows and movies is available. This service is accessible on various devices including Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, as well as iOS and Android devices.
  • Additional Perks:
    • Grocery Shopping: Use your EBT card to order groceries through Amazon Pantry for home delivery (available in specific states).
    • Music: Enjoy over two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations without ads.
    • Reading: Unlimited access to books and magazines on any device.
    • Audible Original Series: Unlimited listening to original audio programs from Audible.
    • Twitch Prime: Access free game content monthly, exclusive discounts, and more.
    • Photo Storage: Unlimited free photo storage to secure all your pictures in one place.

Discounted Cell Phone Services

The following table provides a list of cell phone providers that are part of the Lifeline program in Michigan, offering discounted services:

Company NamePhone Number
Access Wireless866-594-3644
American Broadband & Telecommunications866-966-2628
Assurance Wireless888-898-4888
AT&T Mobility800-377-9450
Boomerang Wireless866-488-8719
FeelSafe Wireless (Air Voice)877-247-7799
Life Wireless888-543-3620
Q Link Wireless855-754-6543
Safelink Wireless800-723-3546
SafetyNet Wireless888-224-3213
Sage Telecom Communications, LLC866-385-7281
StandUP Wireless800-544-4441
Tag Mobile866-959-4918
Tempo Telecom877-822-8501
Thumb Cellular866-321-2323

Discounted Home Phone Services

Below is an organized list of home phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in Michigan, providing discounted services:

Company NamePhone Number
Ace Telephone Company of Michigan, Inc888-404-4940
Baraga Telephone Company906-353-6644
Barry County Telephone Company866-321-2323
Blanchard Telephone989-561-9930
Bloomingdale Telephone Company800-377-3130
Carr Telephone Company231-898-2244
Chapin Telephone Company989-661-2476
Climax Telephone Company800-627-5287
Deerfield Farmers’ Telephone Co.800-311-7340
Frontier Communications800-921-8101
Global Connection of America877-511-3009
Hiawatha Telephone Company866-321-2323
Kaleva Telephone Company866-321-2323
Lennon Telephone Company810-621-3301
Michigan Central Broadband Company906-639-1111
Midway Telephone Company866-321-2323
North American Local877-200-1427
Ogden Telephone Company517-443-5595
Ontonagon County Telephone Company866-321-2323
Pigeon Telephone Company800-292-0614
Sand Creek Telephone Company866-380-5721
Springport Telephone Company517-857-3100
TDS Telecom/Chatham Telephone Company888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/Communications Corporation of Michigan888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/Island Telephone Company888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/Shiawassee Telephone Company888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/Wolverine Telephone Company888-225-5837
Upper Peninsula Telephone Company855-642-4227
Waldron Telephone Company517-286-6211
Westphalia Telephone Company855-878-0210
Winn Telephone Company989-866-2421

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers significant discounts to households with EBT cardholders to help reduce the cost of internet services and devices. Here are the key benefits:

  • Monthly Internet Discount: Households receive a $30 discount each month on their internet service.
  • One-Time Device Discount: Eligible households can also benefit from a one-time $100 discount on the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet.
  • Combined Savings: The $30 monthly internet discount can be combined with the Lifeline phone service discount, offering additional savings on both phone and internet bills each month.

Be sure to check out our other articles about Michigan Food Stamps and EBT.