Tax rebate checks start arriving Mond...

Tax rebate checks start arriving Monday: Retailers dangle disco...

There are 48 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Apr 25, 2008, titled Tax rebate checks start arriving Monday: Retailers dangle disco.... In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Close to 8 million people will begin getting tax rebate checks in their direct deposit accounts as the government is ahead of schedule.

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Jean Cedar Springs

Farmington, MI

#1 Apr 25, 2008
You want to stimulate the economy? Regulate the price of fuel you greedy ***tards!! You want us to stay and fight a war in Iraq??? What the hell for????
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Apr 25, 2008
There's big money to be made for lots of people as long as the war in Iraq involves the U.S.
(Haliburton, anyone???)

We're paying for people to die and pockets to be lined for someone else. Graves and greed.
Need Money

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Apr 25, 2008
I will be taking my ck and pay bills off and put a little away in order to afford food and gas.

“God Save The Queen”

Since: Jan 08

Grand Haven

#4 Apr 25, 2008
Any decent financial advisor will tell you that a comprehensive financial plan includes paying yourself first.
Use your rebate check to buy US savings bonds.
Do not spend it for trivial trinkets at Wal Mart, Sears and the likes.
Make the government pay you interest on the money they gave you which they had to borrow in the first place.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#5 Apr 25, 2008
Pipingdude wrote:
Any decent financial advisor will tell you that a comprehensive financial plan includes paying yourself first.
Use your rebate check to buy US savings bonds.
Do not spend it for trivial trinkets at Wal Mart, Sears and the likes.
Make the government pay you interest on the money they gave you which they had to borrow in the first place.
Pipingdude,

Great post, couldn't have said it better myself.

I realize things are tuff for a lot of people and it is easy to spend the money on "trinkets". It is a way to try and pad some of the depression that comes with hard times. But like they say patience is a virtue. Look ahead down the road and your vision becomes much clearer.

“Go Red Wings!!!”

Since: Oct 07

Plainfield Township MI

#6 Apr 25, 2008
I will be using mine to pay off bills, as I am currently unemployed. Maybe I will use some of it to move out of this Godforsaken state where there are NO jobs to be found.
UpNorth

United States

#8 Apr 25, 2008
My husband and I will be using ours to install new windows. We have rickety old wooden windows from the 1940's, so anything we do will be energy-efficient by comparison! I can't wait to say "bye-bye" to those $180/mo. winter gas bills.

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#9 Apr 25, 2008
It is going in the bank and use it for food and bills .
lilly

Taylor, MI

#10 Apr 25, 2008
UpNorth wrote:
My husband and I will be using ours to install new windows. We have rickety old wooden windows from the 1940's, so anything we do will be energy-efficient by comparison! I can't wait to say "bye-bye" to those $180/mo. winter gas bills.
$180 a month? You're lucky. Thank goodness for the budget plan. We will be spending the $$ paying off my husbands school loan, which resulted in him not being employed in his field of study. Thanks Sallie May
Sandi - Grand Rapids

Southfield, MI

#11 Apr 25, 2008
Well let's see -$4/gallon for gas x 20 gallons =$80/week - divide that into the $600 I get will get me 7 1/2 weeks of gas back and forth to work...what a deal (sarcasm intended)!

“Live for this moment!”

Since: Apr 08

Skee Town!

#12 Apr 25, 2008
lilly wrote:
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$180 a month? You're lucky. Thank goodness for the budget plan. We will be spending the $$ paying off my husbands school loan, which resulted in him not being employed in his field of study. Thanks Sallie May
HAve you tried to defer? Check into it. If you are having issues with paying bills they may be able to defer payments for a while.
Maria

Holland, MI

#13 Apr 25, 2008
Sandi - Grand Rapids wrote:
Well let's see -$4/gallon for gas x 20 gallons =$80/week - divide that into the $600 I get will get me 7 1/2 weeks of gas back and forth to work...what a deal (sarcasm intended)!
Then give it back or send it to someone else. What a miserable *****
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Apr 25, 2008
Pipingdude wrote:
Any decent financial advisor will tell you that a comprehensive financial plan includes paying yourself first.
Use your rebate check to buy US savings bonds.
Do not spend it for trivial trinkets at Wal Mart, Sears and the likes.
Make the government pay you interest on the money they gave you which they had to borrow in the first place.
Not just financial advisors, but those who know that being responsible means paying your own way will tell you to save and "pay yourself first" - but, the problem is, Americans in general aren't saving. They've made messes of their lives (passing on the tab for the mistakes to taxpayers) with foreclosures, bankruptcy, credit card debt, etc.
They also tend to be the folks who live paycheck to paycheck or those who've just given up the notion of working at all, citing it's better to just try and collect assistance because it's "not worth it to work for $9 per hour" (An actual quote from several on these message forums.) I was raised with the idea of saving first. It's made all of the difference. But, when I see people who spend and spend, then cry for help it makes me angry.
lilly

Taylor, MI

#15 Apr 25, 2008
Miss KK wrote:
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HAve you tried to defer? Check into it. If you are having issues with paying bills they may be able to defer payments for a while.
We had it deferred for a while, he's employed (thankfully) but he is not doing anything remotely related to what he went to school for. I just hate paying for an education that isn't being used. What a waste of 10 grand. Thanks for the tip though.
lilly

Taylor, MI

#16 Apr 25, 2008
t-i-p
cdc

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Apr 25, 2008
more guns for me to buy!!:) thanks bush
Sandi - Grand Rapids

Southfield, MI

#18 Apr 25, 2008
Maria - gee thanks for letting me speak my mind (as everyone else here does) without recriminations.
Tired

Avalon, WI

#19 Apr 25, 2008
Now watch Granholm try to pass a gift tax on the rebate!
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#20 Apr 25, 2008
Pipingdude wrote:
Any decent financial advisor will tell you that a comprehensive financial plan includes paying yourself first.
Use your rebate check to buy US savings bonds.
Do not spend it for trivial trinkets at Wal Mart, Sears and the likes.
Make the government pay you interest on the money they gave you which they had to borrow in the first place.
U.S. savings bonds and gold two of the worst investments there are, you might want to rethink it.

“Lost in the middle somewhere..”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#21 Apr 25, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
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Not just financial advisors, but those who know that being responsible means paying your own way will tell you to save and "pay yourself first" - but, the problem is, Americans in general aren't saving. They've made messes of their lives (passing on the tab for the mistakes to taxpayers) with foreclosures, bankruptcy, credit card debt, etc.
They also tend to be the folks who live paycheck to paycheck or those who've just given up the notion of working at all, citing it's better to just try and collect assistance because it's "not worth it to work for $9 per hour" (An actual quote from several on these message forums.) I was raised with the idea of saving first. It's made all of the difference. But, when I see people who spend and spend, then cry for help it makes me angry.
You must be lucky enough to live well above the average person/family. Those of us who do have to live paycheck to paycheck are not always spending, spending, spending. Except that is on bills to keep a roof over our head, food on our table, clothes on our backs, etc., etc., etc. My husband and I have had to sacrifice a lot of things to make sure our kids have everything they need. Not everything they want, but everything they NEED. Sometimes I wonder why we work when all we do is work to pay bills. But you should sure as hell be thankful that we are not those people sitting on our rears not working so that ass.es like you are "supporting" us. So I would really like to know when there isn't anything left over to save, what are we supposed to save? You sure like being extremely judgmental so instead of carrying on all high and mighty, why don't you offer some realistic ideas and suggestions on making it easier to be more financially secure in this day and age?

By the way, I know my parents never talked to me about credit, saving money, or how to responsibly handle finances. I have had to learn the hard way how to be more aware of how I spend. So one of the things that I am doing with my kids is they each have their own savings account. So when they get birthday money, allowance, etc. they have to take it into the bank themselves and deposit it. If they choose to spend any of their money, and I agree that it is something they can use their money for then they actually pay the cashier themselves. Even at 3 years old I am trying to teach them what it means to be responsible with money so that they don't make the same mistakes I have made in the past.

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