Does the 99 Cents Only Store Accept EBT? Answered

Sign outside of a 99 Cents Only Stores location

Short Answer — The 99 Cents Only Store accepts EBT for purchases of SNAP-eligible foods. If you receive cash assistance, you can also use your EBT card for other items like cleaning products and pet supplies.

Does the 99 Cents Only Store Accept EBT?

You can use your EBT card to pay for eligible items at 99 Cents Only Stores.[1]

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) sets guidelines for what you can and can’t buy with your EBT card.[2]

If you receive cash benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) program, you can buy a wider range of products.[3][1]

We confirmed this information by contacting store locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas and checking the USDA’s SNAP retailer directory.

SNAP-Eligible Items

SNAP benefits are valid on food items you can prepare or eat at home.

SNAP-eligible items sold at 99 Cents Only Stores include:[1]

  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Canned goods
  • Snack foods like chips and crackers

See my full list of what you can and can’t buy with EBT.

Using EBT Cash Benefits

You can use TANF benefits — sometimes called EBT cash — for non-food items that aren’t eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.[1]

These include household cleaning products, pet supplies (including pet food), and 99 Cents Only Stores gift cards.[1][4]

You may also be able to get cash back from your TANF benefits at your local 99 Cents Only Store; cash back policies vary by state and store location.[1]

Paying With EBT

At the register, let the cashier know whether you’re paying with SNAP benefits or EBT cash.

You can use your EBT card with the regular card reader as you would when paying with a credit or debit card.[1]

If your order includes some items you can’t pay for with your EBT card, you can buy them using cash, a credit card, or a debit card.[1][5]

More Information

For more places where you can use your benefits, see the list of stores that accept EBT.


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