Washington EBT Discounts: How to Save Money and Access Benefits

Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, is a system that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits via a magnetically encoded payment card, used in the United States. In Washington State, these cards enable low-income families and individuals to access their food assistance benefits and make purchases at participating retailers.

The state of Washington offers a variety of discounts and perks for EBT cardholders, beyond the basic ability to purchase groceries. These discounts aim to help individuals and families stretch their monthly benefits further, and may include reduced admission to cultural institutions, discounted services, and other financial incentives.

Museum and Cultural Venue Discounts

Eligible EBT cardholders in Washington can receive reduced admission fees to various museums and cultural venues. Some participating institutions include:

  • Seattle Art Museum: $3 per person admission price
  • Tacoma Children’s Museum: Pay-as-you-will admission
  • Olympic Sculpture Park: Free entry
  1. Museum of Pop Culture
    • Address: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98105
    • Phone: 206-770-2700
  2. Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
    • Address: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
    • Phone: 206-324-1126
  3. Seattle Children’s Museum
    • Address: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington 98109
    • Phone: 206-441-1768
  4. Children’s Museum of Tacoma
    • Address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402
    • Phone: 253.627.6031
  5. Foss Waterway Seaport
    • Address: 705 Dock Street, Tacoma, Washington 98402
    • Phone: 253-272-2750
  6. Imagine Children’s Museum
    • Address: 1502 Wall Street, Everett, Washington 98201
    • Phone: 425-258-1006
  7. KidsQuest Children’s Museum
    • Address: 1116 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington 98006
    • Phone: 425.637.8100
  8. Kids Discovery Museum
    • Address: 301 Ravine Lane, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
    • Phone: 206-855-4650
  9. Hands On Children’s Museum
    • Address: 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, Washington 98501
    • Phone: 360-956-0818

Public Transportation Fare Reduction

Reduced fares are available on public transportation for EBT cardholders to help decrease the cost of travel. Examples of these reductions are:

  • King County Metro: Fare discount with ORCA Lift card registration
  • Sound Transit: Up to 50% fare reduction on buses and light rail

Educational Opportunities

EBT discounts extend to certain educational programs and services, providing low-cost or free access to resources for skill-building and learning. Washington offers:

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy: Free technology training programs
  • Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market: Free cooking and nutrition classes

Amazon Prime EBT Discount

For individuals holding a Washington Quest Card, an exclusive offer allows the acquisition of Amazon Prime membership at a significantly reduced price. While the standard cost of Amazon Prime is $14.99 per month, EBT cardholders can enjoy the same benefits for only $6.99 per month, which equates to a savings of over 50%.

Online Grocery Shopping Advantage

As part of the USDA pilot program, Amazon is approved to accept food stamps online. This feature enables Prime members in specific regions to purchase groceries via Amazon Pantry and have them delivered directly to their homes.

Prime Membership Benefits

  • Fast and Free Delivery: Prime members enjoy free delivery on over 50 million eligible items, with recent expansions including free same-day delivery on over a million products and free two-hour delivery on daily essentials in select metropolitan areas.
  • Entertainment: Members have instant access to stream thousands of movies and TV shows. This service is compatible with a variety of devices including select Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, as well as iOS and Android devices.

Additional Perks

  • Grocery Purchases: Buy groceries online using an EBT Card for delivery where available.
  • Music Streaming: Access to over two million songs, ad-free, with thousands of playlists and stations.
  • Reading Material: Unlimited reading across any device including books and magazines.
  • Audible Original Series: Unlimited listening to original audio series from Audible.
  • Gaming with Twitch Prime: Access to free monthly game content, exclusive discounts, and more.
  • Photo Storage: Unlimited storage for your photos.

Discounted Cell Phone Services

The following table lists cell phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in Washington, offering discounted services:

Company NamePhone Number
AT&T Mobility800-377-9450
Access Wireless866-594-3644
Assurance Wireless888-898-4888
enTouch Wireless866-488-8719
Inland Cellular208-798-0245
Life Wireless888-543-3620
Q Link Wireless855-754-6543
Safelink Wireless800-723-3546
T-Mobile800-937-8997
U.S. Cellular800-944-9400
Yourtel America855-299-9990

Discounted Home Phone Services

Here is a reordered table of home phone providers participating in the Lifeline program across Washington:

Company NamePhone Number
CenturyLink800-407-5411
Consolidated Communications844-968-7224
Frontier Communications800-921-8101
Hood Canal Telephone Company360-898-2481
Inland Telephone Company509-229-2211
Kalama Telephone Company360-673-2755
Mashell Telecom, Inc.360-832-6161
Pend Oreille Telephone Company888-366-7821
Pioneer Telephone Company509-549-3511
Skyline Telecom888-383-4132
St. John Telephone and Telegraph Company
TDS Telecom/Asotin Telephone Company888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/Lewis River Telephone Company, Inc.888-225-5837
TDS Telecom/McDaniel Telephone Company888-225-5837
Tenino Telephone Company360-264-2915
Toledo Telephone Company360-864-4552
Wahkiakum West Telephone360-465-2211
Whidbey Telecom360-321-1122

Affordable Connectivity Program Benefits

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is designed to help EBT Cardholders access more affordable internet services. Here are the key benefits offered through the program:

  • Monthly Internet Discount: Households enrolled in the program receive a $30 discount on their monthly internet service bill.
  • One-Time Device Discount: Participants are eligible for a one-time $100 discount toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet, provided they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Additional Savings Opportunity

  • Combining Services: To maximize savings, you can combine the $30 monthly ACP internet credit with your existing Lifeline phone service. This combination helps further reduce your monthly expenses for both phone and internet services.

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