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Old 02-05-2020, 09:17 PM
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Hey everybody...finally decided to write after all of the great info I have collected from you all...y'all truly prepared us for this day...thanks btw. So my bf just made it to Vandalia on Monday...I want to make sure he gets everything that he needs....does anyone happen to have a commissary list for either Vandalia or any IDOC so that I can get an idea of how much to send???
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Welcome to Prison Talk. I wasn't able to locate an Illinois DOC commissary list online, so I hope you receive an answer here. Ask the immate to mail you a copy of the current commissary price list too.
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You don't need to be regulated by a commissary list because most inmates will also want to be in the position to trade small favors with others; that is to buy a treat now and then for someone else who doesn't get money or else to repay someone for a favor they receive. So, start by sending one blanket amount you can afford and see how far your inmate can stretch it. Inmates can usually get by with less in a dorm setting vs cells. Over time, you'll come to know how much is needed on a regular basis. $100/month is a good average. Understand also that besides food, newbies will also want to outfit themselves with basic clothing and comfort items at the outset and that sweatshirts, socks, and undies are a bit more expensive than food. And, a TV, tablet, mp3, music; those items run $100 - $250 each.
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Hey everybody...finally decided to write after all of the great info I have collected from you all...y'all truly prepared us for this day...thanks btw. So my bf just made it to Vandalia on Monday...I want to make sure he gets everything that he needs....does anyone happen to have a commissary list for either Vandalia or any IDOC so that I can get an idea of how much to send???
I can send you one via email if you want to pm me. He will need 6-700 initially to buy sweats, outdoor wear, gym shoes, a tv and tablet (if they are wveikwble) depending on the facility bedding and a pillow.
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I can send you one via email if you want to pm me. He will need 6-700 initially to buy sweats, outdoor wear, gym shoes, a tv and tablet (if they are wveikwble) depending on the facility bedding and a pillow.

Omg thank u so much!!! I have searched everywhere and have had no luck finding it!! My email is shesnochef@gmail.com I truly appreciate it!!

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You don't need to be regulated by a commissary list because most inmates will also want to be in the position to trade small favors with others; that is to buy a treat now and then for someone else who doesn't get money or else to repay someone for a favor they receive. So, start by sending one blanket amount you can afford and see how far your inmate can stretch it. Inmates can usually get by with less in a dorm setting vs cells. Over time, you'll come to know how much is needed on a regular basis. $100/month is a good average. Understand also that besides food, newbies will also want to outfit themselves with basic clothing and comfort items at the outset and that sweatshirts, socks, and undies are a bit more expensive than food. And, a TV, tablet, mp3, music; those items run $100 - $250 each.
Not trying to be "regulated" by a commissary list, just need it so I can prepare myself on what to help him get started with since he cant call and tell me for a few weeks until he gets a pin. You just gave me sooooo much good feedback though and I truly appreciate it!! The stuff I really wanted to price was the electronics seeing that I've heard mixed amounts. I was thinking $500ish with clothes, food and a tv but that doesnt seem like enough. Thanks for the info...now I have an idea of where to start.
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You don't need to be regulated by a commissary list because most inmates will also want to be in the position to trade small favors with others; that is to buy a treat now and then for someone else who doesn't get money or else to repay someone for a favor they receive. So, start by sending one blanket amount you can afford and see how far your inmate can stretch it. Inmates can usually get by with less in a dorm setting vs cells. Over time, you'll come to know how much is needed on a regular basis. $100/month is a good average. Understand also that besides food, newbies will also want to outfit themselves with basic clothing and comfort items at the outset and that sweatshirts, socks, and undies are a bit more expensive than food. And, a TV, tablet, mp3, music; those items run $100 - $250 each.
Shit I WISH commissary was only $100 a month! My husbands is $700. But he doesn’t really ever go to chow and tries to eat clean best he can.
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Link to Commissary List for anyone else:

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Cen...lzuFOrZkos4kTs
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Shit I WISH commissary was only $100 a month! My husbands is $700. But he doesn’t really ever go to chow and tries to eat clean best he can.
$700/mth is well above the usual $100/month quoted. I send my friend $100/mth in max at Menard and he doesn't get a lot of choices, but he gets by. He still has money left over to treat his cellie. Given that my friend is a vegetarian and hardly eats anything in regular chow, I'd say $700 is surprising. My friend not only gets by for food and comfort but is also in appeal and spends on postage and mailing supplies.
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I would appreciate you to send me the commissary list as well thank you my email is evacruz7575@gmail.com
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Could someone email me a list ?
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