Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Were you stimulated?

The tax stimulus checks are distributed. Do we notice a difference? Has there been a positive impact on your life? On our economy?

I signed our check over to my husband. I live on his retirement pension, so as a "kept woman" I thought it was the least I could do.

How in the hell can the government hand out free money when China more-or-less owns us and our national debt is in the trillions?
What did you do with your stimulus check?

22 comments:

dada said...

most of ours helped pay our 2007 federal income tax balance due. The rest that was left we used to bring our next 27 gallons of gas down to ......
$2/gallon, leaving us to still have to contend with the higher prices of everything else

Randal Graves said...

We did the most naughty, erotic thing we could possibly think of: we paid off the rest of our gas bill.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

We had no work at the time, and as freelancers, we don't qualify for unemployment, so we lived off it.

Mariamariacuchita said...

I moved. And paid bills. I think I bought a 6 pack of soda.

Missy said...

We paid a mortgage payment and kept our home out of foreclosure for one more month...

Then I paid a doctor bill, since we have no health insurance.

This place sucks. How's the weather in Canada? Hey, they can get Cuban cigars, can't they? And the full monty. Lookin' better all the time.

Border Explorer said...

Gosh, I'm not sure if you patriots are representative of our populace, but if you are, little wonder our economy's in the toilet.

Sheesh.

Missy, you're the only one who's talkin' spending. And don't forget Cuban run!

Mnmom said...

Bills, bills, bills, bills, and then some bills.
That big screen TV that W wanted me to buy seems sort of silly when we're staring down bankruptcy.

okjimm said...

Oh, wow....I don't even wanna talk about it.

The Emperor thought he was buying bread for the masses..

..or was gonna be a cheap magician and pull a rabbit outa his hat....

What a sham!!

DCup said...

We held off foreclosure for another month and paid other bills.

If only we could declare bankruptcy at this point. Those creditors have gotten more than what we owed for what we actually purchased. Now it's all just a pile of junk fees, but we can't get out from under them.

So that stimulation wasn't the good kind. No.

D.K. Raed said...

I paid bills. credit card bills for things we charged in previous months while we were waiting for our stimulus. a positive impact on me? umm no. in fact, I spent too much time bitching about the puniness. on the economy? well if the result of all that stimulus is what we see today, ye gods, how much worse would it have it been without it?

oh yeah, whichever historical person observed that money is the avenue to win power & influence people probably wasn't thinking we could be bought for a measly $300-600 per vote, er um, person ... yeah, that's it, no one could possible by buying votes with the stimulus, could they?

Bradda said...

We got stimulus checks!?? I haven't gotten crap! Damn, must be all the anti-Bush rhetoric I spread over the intertubes...

FranIAm said...

I must be honest... I earned too much to get one in 2007. The joke's on me now, as I am quite unemployed and poor money management has left me...


It doesn't matter. I am alive, well, healthy, grateful.

My husband got one and he used it to pay off a charge card.

Lucky bastid- he has only ever had one.

No one seems to be living it up too much if you ask me.

Border Explorer said...

MNMom: Good choice. The Olympics aren't that worth watching anyway.

Okjimm: Maybe if the emperor threw in some cheese to go with...?

DCup: All kidding aside, that is really tough.

DK: Yikes! We're starting to look more like a 3rd World country all the time!

Bradda: Yeah, while you were wasting time on teh internets, the rest of us lined up at Check Into Cash.

Fran: Agreed! We're not Bush's "Have More" group. But we've got it so much better than the folks I'm writing about tomorrow. Kinda puts things in perspective.

susan said...

We bought stock in a fortune cookie factory ;-)

ps - I linked to you

Robert Rouse said...

I did something Bush never expected. I used my check to buy a gas saving 50cc scooter. The thing can go up to 45mph (although I've had it at 52 going downhill) and gets around 125 mpg so I'm not giving the oil giants as big of a cut anymore. Three dollars will get me through a week and instead of filling up the family van once a week, it's down to about once every three weeks. I'm able to take my 13 year old special needs child to appointments on it. I can get a bag of groceries or a gallon of milk - or even a six pack of beer - to fit inside the locked seat compartment. It doesn't require plates or a special license. In another month it will have paid for itself and the real savings start. I'll probably wear my thermals and ride it until there's ice or snow. i love it!!!

Blueberry said...

Apple Computer got ours for a new iMac.

Jan said...

We bought a new refrigerator that will hopefully use less energy because our electric company has doubled the rates.

eProf2 said...

Paid for our new washer and dryer (made in China). I still believe about half or at least one-third of the stimulus package went to China and added to the trade deficit. It was real good for the Chinese. Helped pay for the Olympics!

Dusty said...

Paid bills...like most everyone else.

Border Explorer said...

Susan: You'll now be a popular dinner guest at Chinese potlucks! (Linky back atcha, btw!)

Robert: Really, that's something to consider. I'm impressed.

Blueberry: Ooh, my obsession. Much as I hate big box store concept, the Best Buy ad is the first thing I look for every Sunday.

Jan: Wowwie: doubled? Next they'll also demand a thank you note for their services.

eProf: Ha. That's why Susan's move was so smart.

Dusty: So you're really sensible at heart? Nah, I know a rebel lives at your core. Don't try to fool us.

Everyone: We're not going to let a few measly hundred bucks shut us up. Continue to rage against the machine. And thanks for sharing.

Fran said...

Our stimulus check--- WHOOSH! It was gone before it arrived.

Lavish vacation?
Big screen surround sound TV?

Nah-- ALL of it went to the mechanic to repair our 14 year old vehicle with 96,000 miles. We bought it new in '92.
But the check was a few hundred shy of covering the actual tab.
So call us *understimulated*.

We hope to eek more miles/years out of it until the auto industry comes up with electric or decent mileage vehicles.

Border Explorer said...

"Understimulated..." LOL.
Seriously, I love how you're handling your vehicle decision.

BTW, Fran, your blog is always so worthwhile. In fact, I'm going to link it again right here just in case there's someone who hasn't been to Ramblings.