Can You Buy Clothes with EBT? What You Need To Know

Walmart, one of the largest U.S. retailers, is renowned for its low prices and wide selection. Many wonder if they can use their EBT card to buy clothing at Walmart.

According to the USDA, EBT benefits can only be used for food items. Therefore, clothing, household supplies, and electronics cannot be purchased with EBT. However, Walmart offers a variety of affordable clothing options that can be bought with cash or other payment methods. Additionally, Walmart accepts EBT for eligible food items, making it a convenient choice for families using EBT to buy groceries and other essentials.

Walmart’s Policy on EBT

Walmart’s EBT policy states that EBT cards can be used for food items like meat, dairy, bread, and vegetables, but not for non-food items such as clothing, electronics, or household goods.

While Walmart offers a variety of clothing options, including baby, toddler, and maternity clothes, these cannot be bought with EBT. Customers cannot use EBT for non-SNAP-eligible items, even if they plan to pay with a different method.

If an EBT card is used to try and buy non-food items, the transaction will be declined. Customers can, however, use EBT for food and pay for non-food items with cash, credit, or debit.

How to Use EBT at Walmart

To use EBT for in-store purchases at Walmart, customers must have a valid EBT card and a PIN number. The process is straightforward:

  1. Shop for eligible items: Customers can use their EBT card to purchase eligible items such as groceries, baby food, and household supplies. Non-eligible items include alcohol, tobacco, and hot prepared foods.
  2. Pay with EBT: At checkout, customers can swipe their EBT card and enter their PIN number to pay for eligible items.
  3. Verify the balance: Customers should verify the balance on their EBT card before making a purchase to ensure they have enough funds to cover the transaction.

Online EBT Purchases

Walmart also accepts EBT payments for online purchases in most states. Customers can use their EBT card to purchase eligible items for pickup or delivery. Here’s how to use EBT for online purchases at Walmart:

  1. Create a Walmart account: Customers must create a Walmart account and link their EBT card to it.
  2. Shop for eligible items: Customers can shop for eligible items on Walmart’s website or app. Eligible items are marked with a “SNAP EBT eligible” label.
  3. Pay with EBT: At checkout, customers can select “EBT card” as their payment method and enter their EBT card information.
  4. Verify the balance: Customers should verify the balance on their EBT card before making a purchase to ensure they have enough funds to cover the transaction.

To learn more about the range of items you can purchase with an EBT card please refer to our comprehensive guide ‘What You Can Buy with EBT’. This guide offers valuable insights into the types of products eligible for EBT purchases.

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