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#1 of 85 Old 04-28-2008, 03:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm curious what all of you Frugality & Finances readers will do with your stimulus check?

We're signing ours right back to Uncle Sam. : On the upside, we'll be current on all our debt now.
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Now that I've read that 10% thread I've decided to take ours straight down to our grocery store so they can tack on another 10%.

$120 in groceries is no small thing for us.

 

 

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We will be buying parts to repair our cars ourselves (saving on labor).

And donating to our church.
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Combine it with our tax refund to help pay our school and county taxes in the fall.

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Since we are buying a house the money will go toward the things we need to get for that, appliances, fixtures, etc.

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What 10% at the grocery store? Is some chain offering a disount?

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We aren't doing anything really exciting with ours.

About 1/2 will go to dental & medical bills.

The other half will go to home repairs & remodeling that we desperately need. We're doing all the work ourselves though.
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Well, we should be getting $1800- it will be going for fun things mostly - as we have only mortgage debt, have an emergency fund, retirement savings etc. $1000 will be going to a vacation. $300 I believe will be spent on a wooden play set dh is going to build- we already have a slide and swings and will be getting a canopy for a fort- so that saves some money. the other $500- I am not sure - it will get spent though I am sure there are a million things on the want list.

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It will all go to debt.

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It will go towards dd's and ds's school in the fall.

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What 10% at the grocery store? Is some chain offering a disount?
It's on the other thread. Kroger chain and Supervalu (which is alberton's star market, a bunch of others) are both offering if you bring in your stimulus check you can cash it and get a 10% bonus gift card. So if you get $300, you bring your check in and they take it and give you a gift card for $330. Some of the stores doing this are saying you can bring in a bank statement instead if you got it direct deposited.

So it locks your check into being only used at that store, but if you are going to spend that much on groceries there anyway, not a bad deal.

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What 10% at the grocery store? Is some chain offering a disount?
SuperValue Food Stores Press Release

You can click on that press release to get a listing of all the grocery stores that are participating...there are some huge major chains doing it. Acme, Albertsons, bigg's, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's/Star Market, Shop 'n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy

 

 

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We'll be completely paying off the next card in the "debts to kill" list, putting some in savings and funding our vacation and homeschool fund envelopes.

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I'm combining it with some money I'm making on a web site design and paying my summer tuition. I got a pell grant for fall 08 and spring 09 but I didn't get it to them in time for summer 08, so I'm paying out of pocket for 2 classes. No biggie, my company has tuition reimbursement.

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We will be paying off our car loan, the last non-mortgage debt that we have. And then the $260 a month it will free up will be going into savings (whatever is left after accounting for rise in gas and food prices, anyway!)
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It is being added to our "new to us car" downpayment fund. This will put us where we want to be so we can purchase the Honda Odyssey we've been eyeing. If our lease didn't expire on our SUV I would be putting it all towards debt.

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It is going straight the my last credit card that I am paying off! Yeah!

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I think I will be putting it towards a car.
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Part of ours will be going toward a plane ticket so we can introduce my mom to her new granddaughter this summer, and the rest will cover rent and bills while we're gone. $120 in groceries would have been nice, though.
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We'll be using ours to finish up with our kitchen remodel, or maybe start on our bath remodel.
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Well DH needs new contacts, so he needs to go to the eye doctor. We were talking about buying bikes for us to ride around, nothing spendy just cruisers, helmets, and a seat for DD. I should go get a filling on my tooth. I really think we will spend some at Costco stocking up on dry goods. That's about it, I wish I could say taking out a credit card or something, but for me the first thing it goes to is family needs(food, glasses for DH, and then maybe the bikes). IF I had my way it would all go to an emergency fund, but IDK if that can happen. We'll see...

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Like the poster right above me, we might be using some of it for new glasses and to fix our bicycle so that DH can bike to work to offset some of these ridiculous gas costs.

The rest of it will go into savings!

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Spending it at Lowes for home building supplies.

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Initially it will go to savings but we'll end up spending it in a couple months. We just bought a house and there are a couple pieces of furniture I'm looking for.
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INto our ING account to build on our Emergency Fund. NOt terribly exciting, but definitely terribly practical, and its nice to see it jump by 1200$ all at once. And its nice to know we'll have qualified for even more come 2008 tax time, so we'll get a 2nd chunk then for the DC in the belly.
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We had a HUGE tax bill this year so our check is going right into our savings account to put back some of what we had to pay out.

We thought about just writing a letter to the IRS telling them to just keep it and we'd call it even.

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I wanted to stick it in our emergency fund, but then my computer died and I had to get a new one. So it will go to pay off the bill for my new MacBook Pro and we'll pay the payment we would have been making into the emergency fund.

It would be boring if the computer wasn't so dead sexy.

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We'll be using it to make repairs on our VW van.

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Into the emergency fund. Will not be spending any of it. We're worried about layoffs here.
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$200 for a radiator for DH's truck, the remaining $700 will go in savings.

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