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Thread: What Did You Spend Your Stimulus Money On

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Los Angeles, California

    What Did You Spend Your Stimulus Money On

    Ours arrived about 10 days ago. I'm retired, and I wonder why I even got it, but I did, and cheerfully cashed the check. It looks like its going to hiking gear, because since my retirement, I applied, was accepted, and went through basic training as a US Forest Service Ranger. So I needed a small tent, stove, and rescue beacon.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Put mine in a savings account so when payback time comes I'll have it. Trust me payback time will come.
    Confidence: The feeling you experience before you fully understand the situation

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Waterford, PA
    Put it in a savings account. We owe a rather hefty sum to the IRS for our 2019 taxes so it will be handy in July when they are due.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    The old pueblo in el norte.
    Anti-fungal medication. For (one of) the dog(s).

    scope creep

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Central MA
    I only got about half of it, but I used it to help those less fortunate than me. I am lucky to not have had my income disrupted by the virus, it didn’t feel right to keep it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    I just transferred the whole $210.30 we got into my checking account...where it will likely help with the taxes we owe when I finally file in a short while.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    State College, PA
    $600 to our local food bank, $600 to a local homeless shelter. We did not need the money.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Lebanon, TN
    Well after we missed the Obama Care tax relief cutoff by a few hundred dollars last year and our healthcare cost us $2300 a month instead of $470, which we didn't know until we did our taxes in February before C-19 hit, I didn't feel quite so guilty about getting $2400 back from the government after we wrote them a check for $34K last year.

    So I did what any brave man would do, I used mine plus the wife's and bought myself a Shaper Origin CNC router.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Mine will go at least partly to replace my income lost from seven days of furlough. The state has waived the one week waiting period for unemployment so I got unemployment to cover the other part of my pay.

  10. #10
    Bought a roofing nailer, because I'm replacing a bunch of shingles on shop and lower part of the house. Wife tells me I can't do the upper part. Some is going to NC Woodworker site. Sent some to local Y to help cover summer camp expenses for kids who can't afford it. Rest is in savings for our State Fair Ministry, which may not happen this year.
    Last edited by Bruce Wrenn; 06-04-2020 at 8:21 AM.

  11. #11
    We donated the entire amount to local and national charities. Our income and life style other than social life have not been affected by the pandemic.
    Last edited by Lee Schierer; 06-04-2020 at 1:06 PM.
    Lee Schierer
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  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    In the foothills of the Sandia Mountains
    Ditto here. We donated ours to the Albuquerque Roadrunner food bank
    Please help support the Creek.

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  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Not here
    "Mine" went to you folks. Please enjoy, spend it wisely, and remember where it came from.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    So, a question. Those who had a bank account linked for tax return refund reasons got their money probably a month and a half ago. My brother got his deposited.
    Those that did not were supposed to get a check in June. Some I know have gotten a check within the last couple weeks.
    I on the other hand, along with a couple people I know got a debit card instead???? What the??
    Not real helpful.
    Don't know what to do with it. We were hoping for a check to deposit in savings to offset already paid bills.
    The debit card has so many strings attached apparently from what my wife read-
    You want to check your balance? - fee $0.25
    You want to know how much your starting with? - fee $0.25
    You want to buy anything? Fee every time.
    You want cash advance? Fee every time
    You want to deposit in bank account? First $1000 free, but you gotta fill out a form that neither my wife, nor the bank lady could find online- next partial deposit = fee
    Had the debit card 2 days and all we are finding is how they want to "fee" it all away.....
    What the hell is going on???
    I dunno how they decide who gets the card so they can steal it back, and who gets the check or direct deposit in full with no issues..........

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Waterford, PA
    Study closely. It took my wife studying and she got the entire amount on that usurious card transferred free to our bank account. When it arrives we’ll figure out what do with

    The card appears tailored to help major political contributors, what with all the hidden fees.

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