A woman said to be suffering from financial hardship because of the bedroom tax stole hundreds of pounds worth of goods from a Lytham shop.
Barbara Brady was pregnant at the time and said she had gone days without food in the cupboard.
Brady, 38, of Post Lane, Warton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.
She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Roger Lowe sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Brady stole £150 of cosmetic creams from Boots on October 31.
A staff member followed her and saw her get into a car which was immediately driven off. On November 21 she returned to the same shop and took £510 worth of cosmetic creams.
The same member of staff recognised Brady and saw her get into the same car, which was tracked down by police.
Steven Townley, defending, said at the time his client was pregnant, but she had since lost the baby.
Mr Townley added: “She is one of the people who have been hit by the benefit changes.
“She had her benefits cut, but she wanted to keep her home so she had to pay a bedroom tax.
“She was struggling from absolute financial hardship and would go days without food in the cupboard.
“She sold the items to pay for rent, food and electric.”