TN 25 (07-06)
SSA encourages a payee to use good judgment in determining appropriate personal expenditures.
All purchases should reflect a personal evaluation of the individual beneficiary's
situation and needs.
Personal needs expenditures may include the following:
Clothing—athletic shoes, bathing suits, boots, slippers, seasonal garments;
Convenience items—Cassette/CD player, clock, radio, watch, TV;
Health and hygiene items—brush/comb, cosmetics, hairdresser/barber costs, toiletries;
Hobby/craft items—art supplies, camera and film, cassette or video tapes;
Living area furnishings—bedspread, blanket, pillow, carpet, curtains;
Miscellaneous items—magazine subscriptions, restaurant meals, telephone calls to out-of-town
Therapeutic equipment—book holder, electric wheelchair, hearing aid, walker, orthopedic
shoes, shower and bathroom chairs.
Additional examples of acceptable uses of benefits are contained in GN 00602.010—Current Maintenance Needs for Institutionalized Beneficiaries. This list is not intended
to be exhaustive or restrictive. Despite the fact that the items listed are acceptable
as far as SSA is concerned, a beneficiary's personal funds are not to be used to purchase
items which normally should be provided by the facility or covered under a State or
The representative payee should contact the servicing FO for guidance if he/she has
any questions concerning the type or amount of a specific expenditure.