Short Answer: You can use your EBT card to pay for qualifying food items at 99 Cents Only Stores. If you receive cash benefits, you can also use EBT to pay for 99 Cents Only Stores gift cards and other items. For more information about using EBT at 99 Cents Only Stores, see below.
Does the 99 Cents Only Store Accept EBT?
You can use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to pay for eligible items at 99 Cents Only Stores, customer relations representatives said. The EBT card holds benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); SNAP-eligible items sold at 99 Cents Only Stores include meat, produce, and canned goods. (See our full list of what you can and can’t buy with EBT.)
99 Cents Only Stores is a chain of bargain stores located in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. We contacted store locations and checked state SNAP retailer lists to confirm that 99 Cents Only Stores in all four of these states accept EBT.
For more information on EBT-eligible items and places that you can pay with EBT, see our list of grocery stores that accept EBT.
Using EBT Cash Benefits at 99 Cents Only Stores
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients can use cash assistance benefits at 99 Cents Only Stores. TANF cash is loaded onto the EBT card, and you can use it for purchases other than SNAP-eligible items, such as EBT-ineligible foods and household cleaning products.
You can also buy gift cards with EBT cash benefits at 99 Cents Only Stores. There is a limit of 10 gift cards per transaction. When you are paying at the register, make sure to specify which EBT funds you wish to use, to make sure that all eligible items in your order are covered.
You cannot cash out SNAP funds, but you may be able to make TANF cash withdrawals with your EBT card at 99 Cents Only Stores. Withdrawal and cash back policies vary by state and store location. You can call the 99 Cents Only Stores customer relations department at (888) 582-5999 with questions or visit your local 99 Cents Only Stores location.