U.S. stimulus check...

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  1. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So I finally got my check... probably weeks after most of the country as the last two digits of my SS number placed me at the bottom. Just curious.. what did all my fellow U.S. tax payers blow their check on? Anything interesting? New lens perhaps? Down on a new car?

    As for me.... nothing really exciting. Feeling a bit more American and enjoying fatherhood lead me to the local toy store with my 19 month old son. We purchased a few things for him including a Radio Flyer Scooter. For our international TPF friends, the Radio Flyer brand is a synonymous with good O'classic American toys dating back to the early 1900s. It all started with that cute red wooden wagon that many of us probably have in our childhood memories.

    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2650924

    I put it together last night after my son's bed time (and trying really hard to ignore the "made in China" sticker... sheeesh!!!). I was surprised to see much of the ol'steel construction that is missing in today's toy products. One of the welds was pretty darn ugly but at least it would be covered. Son woke up this morning to a big smile and just hopped on it learning to scoot around the house. Yes... he has discovered the bell.... I am still hearing it even as I sit here at work... TING .. TING ... TING ... TING TING..

    The rest of the stimulus check went into savings and the final payment to a credit card.
     
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    Stimulus check???????

    Are you saying that the american government is giving out free money :shock:
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    its like chinnese water torture those bells ;)

    As for construction - few things these days are built to last - camera lenses and tripods I think are some of the few things made with the idea of actually lasting more than a few years! Most other stuff is made by the maxim:
    Keep it going till the warrenty is out - then sell them another one!
     
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    my father claimed me as a dependent so he could deduct my last semester of college that he paid for so i received no stimulus check :(
     
  5. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not free money... just money us tax payers already handed to them. Absolutely nothing is for free... even your well being.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    FYI: A portion of that stimulus check is yours actually.... you paid taxes and you father got something like $300 for each dependent. Check IRS gov for details.

    On the other hand..... let your father have the money. He's nice enough to pay for your last semester of college.
     
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    Into the bank.....I'm not going to stimulate China!!!
     
  9. LaFoto

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    So that is what it is called when you make your tax declaration and get the money back that you spent on taxes but it actually was too much? "Stimulous Check"? That's a new one for me. Must keep that word in mind.
    I wonder, however, if the expression is all American, and what the British people call it (maybe something different?)?
    I think that with your monthly tax deduction you pay a little too much in every country and get some back when you make your declaration.
    Well, I never get anything back since I don't have an income of my own, so I cannot say what I WOULD buy from it ... ;)
     
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    I don't think it really would have mattered, even if he didn't claim you, you wouldn't have been able to get it because you were "able" to be claimed. It sucks, because my girlfriends father didn't claim her, but she missed out because he could of. :thumbdown:
     
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    same sad story with me. :hug:: it's ok.
     
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    It is a separate, one-off payment from the usual refund of overpaid taxes. Not all taxpayers are eligible - I'm not, because even though I have a piece of paper that says that I am a significant public benefit, I am also a nonresident alien. You already knew I was an alien, didn't you?

    Best,
    Helen
     

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