$2,500 up to $5,000 for low income individuals and households. Also an urgent message for those of you receiving Snap benefits, otherwise known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also referred to as Food Stamps, food Assistance and Nutrition Assistance. And a new bill that was introduced yesterday to help lower the prices on essentially everything right here in the United States.
All right, so first off, let’s quickly talk about this new bill that was just introduced yesterday that would essentially lower prices on pretty much everything right here in the United States. All right, so if you’ve been watching my videos for any length of time now, especially over the last week, week and a half, maybe two weeks or so, I’ve been talking a lot about energy prices. Energy prices are very important because here’s the deal.
As I’ve talked about before, energy pretty much indicates the price on essentially everything on our store shelves, everything like that, because ultimately we use a lot of energy to get those products across the country and things like that. We know that. All right, so here’s the deal. A new bill introduced yesterday by Ted Cruz titled Energy Freedom Act is calling on the United States to start drawing on our own energy resources that we have right here under the ground that we walk on every single day. So we’re basically just calling on the United States to start drawing on our own resources right here, rather than being reliant on other countries to supply all of that energy to us right here in the United States.
As a result of that, that would lower prices substantially because we wouldn’t be relying on other countries to pump oil for us to bring it across the ocean and all these things like this. And essentially they indicate the price on that oil that we pay. Basically, they determine how much supply are they going to pump out of the ground. And as a result of that, the less supply that they have, that means there is more demand for it outstripping that supply. Therefore, it makes prices go higher.
It’s a simple function of supply and demand. So the simple premise behind this bill is let’s start drawing on our own resources that we have right here on our own soil. Let’s start drawing on that. And ultimately, that would lower the prices because we’d be able to have essentially as much energy as we want, as much oil as we want to pump right here. Therefore, as a result of that, gas prices would go down.
Therefore, the price on pretty much everything, the products and the goods that we buy on our store shelves would also essentially go down over time because it’s not going to cost as much for transportation across the country, the States, the counties, the cities, all of that stuff. So anyway, it’d be a long game. It would be a long-term play. But at the end of the day, prices would eventually come down. But we’ll have to see if that actually comes up.
But here’s the deal. I did see some other research saying the administration at this time is not interested at all in drawing resources from our own ground. But we’ll see if that changes here as these prices continue to rise very, very rapidly. All right. Let’s quickly talk about this urgent message out of Snap.
For those of you receiving Snap benefits, otherwise known as or referred to as food stamps, I think that’s what most people probably refer to it as. But I still want to let you know it is also under the Snap umbrella. It’s all the same thing, just different names for the same thing. All right. So here’s the deal again.
I wanted to come across this and let you know about this. I’ve seen this message a number of different times here, and I want to let you know about this. Apparently, a few million people have had their Snap benefit card, as in their EBT card, electronic balance transfer card. It’s pretty much like a debit card where they just load the funds onto it each and every month, and then you can go out to the store and spend the necessary money that you want on your food and stuff like that. Anyway, long story short, unfortunately, some people have gotten into these cards.
They’ve hacked into these cards, and they’ve taken the money out of the cards. So if you are somebody who has Snap benefits, by the way, there’s about 43 million of you out there in this country right now. So there’s a lot of people out there who receive Snap benefits. A few million people have had their cards hacked and the money taken out. So if you have not looked at your Snap card in a while now, I know that we’re still early in the month right now, a lot of people receive their benefits right away, early in the month. If your card is supposed to have $120 on it and it has $0 on it and you didn’t spend any money, you might want to look into that right. I’ll give you some more details here in just a minute.
But essentially what I want to urge you to do is just check your Snap card, make sure that everything looks good, make sure that all the purchases on there, all the transactions are authorized by you. It was actually you that did that or whatever, and just make sure that everything looks good. Just in case that you maybe were one of those people that had your cards hacked and maybe your money was taken out of there. If that’s the case, I would highly urge you to call your local office and connect with them and let them know that say, hey, I think my card was maybe hacked. My money is gone.
What can we do here? And they should be able to help you out. I want to give you a 1800 number. I’ve given you this number many times in previous topics, but this is a 1800 number. And ultimately it’s an automated system which will connect you with your local office.
And then from there you can talk to an agent, but be sure to call Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Anyway, that 1800 number is 1800-221-5689. Again, a little bit slower. 1800-221-5689 again, it’s an automated system. They’ll basically just ask you, what state are you located in?
You’ll tell them your state and then it will connect you with your local office. So check that out. If something looks a little bit off or suspicious on your card, then call that. Otherwise, it all looks good. You probably don’t need to call.
Okay. Or if you haven’t applied for Snap benefit, you can also apply by using that phone number by connecting with your local office. So anyway, I just want to help you out with that. And I hope that’s not the case for anybody. But unfortunately, according to the research and what I found that it looks like a few million people have had their cards hacked. Anyway, I just want to let you know about that so you can be aware of what’s going on. All right. Let’s quickly talk about this. $2,500 up to $5,000 of extra relief. I want to call it for low-income individuals and households. Now, this is another program out there. I’m going to be honest with you. This is a new program. I honestly did not even know this program exists. Yes. Maybe I overlooked it, I don’t know. But I just came across this and honestly, I never knew this program was out there. I know. I don’t know everything. I’m not perfect by any means at all.
I do not know everything. So I still come across some new programs every so often. Maybe it’s been around a while. I’m not really sure, but I came across and I thought, oh, look at this one. Let’s tell the people about it.
So this is a good one right here. I want to tell you about this one. Now, the acronym on this one is actually very similar to another program that I talk about here in the videos. But it’s a different program. This one is actually Lihwap.
Whoa, it’s different. Yeah, it’s a different one. Let me tell you what it stands for. Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. So if you’re somebody who is struggling to pay your water bills right now, whether it is water coming into your home that you use for drinking, washing dishes, taking a shower, all the stuff like that, if you’re having a hard time paying for that bill or your sewer bills, right, this is another bill that nobody enjoys paying your water bill, but we’ve got to have it.
And at the same time, if you’re having troubles paying it or you don’t pay it, they could possibly shut off services. So therefore, this program right here and again, yes, it’s a new one to me, but I did some research on it. You can get up to between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on where you are located. This is a big number. So here’s what they do, just like other programs, like the LIHEAP program.
Again, we’ve talked about that one many times here on the channel, just like this one. And the ACP Affordability Connectivity program. Basically what they do here is they pay the utilities on your behalf directly to the service provider. So rather than them cutting you a check and sending you money directly, they essentially pay the bill for you each and every month. Again, nice, right?
I guess money in your hand is cool too. But at the end of the day, if they just pay your bills for you, that’s pretty cool, right? I mean, I’d love to have somebody pay all my bills for me. That’d be great. I would love it.
Not even have to see those dirty things show up in my mailbox every month. I don’t like it. Seriously, every time I look at my mailbox, I’m looking for something fun. And it’s usually not fun. I’m just telling you, it’s usually not fun at all.
It’s usually like a bill from somebody. And the bills are getting pretty high these days. Yeah, it is not a fun situation. Quick side note. A month ago I shared with you my gas bill from what was it?
Okay, so I showed you my gas bill. I know, sorry, I’m going to digress for just a second here. So back in early, what was it early February? I shared with you my January gas bill. Right.
So I compared it to December.
Here’s what it came out to. And I just got my February. So I want to share this with you because it’s going up like fast here. It’s going up really fast. So here’s the deal.
In December, my gas bill was $78, which this time of year is completely reasonable. It’s cold out there. That’s kind of what it is usually the time of year, $78, it’s high. But at the same time, it’s kind of reasonable considering the time of year that it is. Well, in January it jumped up to $129.
I couldn’t believe it. When we opened up the bill, I thought, there’s got to be a mistake here. There’s something wrong here. Clearly Corey and I Corey, my wife, by the way, we went through the bill line by line and tried to figure out what’s going on here. No, it’s just the price of energy has gone up that much.
So from December, $78, January, $129. Guess how much February was. I just got it. February being a shorter month even. Yeah.
Guess how much? 159. $159. Seriously, like unbelievable. It continues to go up and according to what we’re seeing right now, and with the research that I’m finding it’s only going to get worse here.
So thankfully it’s going to get a little bit warmer out here relatively soon. So hopefully the furnace won’t be running as much. But seriously, that is getting high. I have never seen a bill anywhere near that. I think the highest bill I’ve ever seen for a gas bill was $92.
And that was like a really cold winter. And that was a couple of years ago. So anyway, just letting you know, things are getting expensive. Anyway, I’m not really sure where I was. Oh yeah, the Lihwap Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.
So again, just like other programs, this one will pay your water bill directly to the utility provider. So if you’re having a hard time paying your water bill or your sewer bill, things like this, look it up, do this, go online and search your state and follow it up with Lihwap. Or you can write it out low Income Household Water Assistance Program. And you can probably find some details right there. And again, depending on where you are located around the country, you could be getting anywhere between $2,500 on the lower end all the way up to even $5,000.
In some more expensive States like New Jersey and New York, they’re offering up to $5,000. Now, here’s the thing for the vast majority. Well, the qualifications for this are going to be different depending on where you are around the country. But essentially it comes down to this. If you’re low-income, you’re pretty much in.
If you are somebody receiving SSI, you’re pretty much in. If you’re receiving Snap benefits, you’re pretty much in. If you’re receiving TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Housing assistance, or public housing or Medicaid. If you’re receiving any of these things, you’re pretty much into the program. So I would say check it out.
So here’s the deal. We’ve got this program to pay your water bill. We have the LIHEAP program to pay your heating and cooling bill. And we’ve got the ACP Affordability connectivity program to pay your Internet bill. We’ve also got programs like Lifeline to pay your cell phone bill.
Pretty nice, right? Pretty soon we’re going to have all the bills paid for. How about a mortgage? Is there anybody out there that would like to pay a mortgage? That would be nice, right?
Or how about even better, rent? Does anybody want to pay some rent for us out there? Well, there actually is there’s still rental assistance money out there. So at this time there’s pretty much money out there available to pay for almost all of your bills right now. Seriously, there’s a lot of money.
Enjoy and I’ll catch you again later in the next update.