Economic Stimulus

Periodically, but with increasing frequency, someone leaves a comment on the Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck blog where it’s obvious the writer is ticked off at his or her inability to receive maximum benefit from some new government incentive:
Just yesterday someone wrote of his frustration caused by an inability to receive the full recovery rebate credit [...]

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for this week’s reader-submitted Q & A. If you’d like to submit a question, click here for more information or simply email a question.
My husband and I have always claimed my daughter and granddaughter on our taxes.  She graduated college in 2008 and started a job in Sept of [...]

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Michael on February 23rd, 2009
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You: This economic stimulus – what’s in it for me?
There’s something for everyone (almost) in the economic stimulus package.  But it probably isn’t much.
You: Well, what is it?
Starting in several weeks, you’ll get about 13 extra bucks in your weekly paycheck (probably.)
You: Just thirteen bucks?  Didn’t the stimulus cost nearly a trillion dollars?
Yes and yes.
You: [...]

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Michael on October 31st, 2008
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You:  Wasn’t the first economic stimulus a failure?
Well, some people feel it did help the economy.
You: What?  The economy’s in the crapp toilet.
Still, some people feel the economy would have been even worse earlier if not for the first stimulus package.  That said, the administration of the economic stimulus is still causing pain, evidenced [...]

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Michael on June 30th, 2008
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Last week, Nickel of 5centnickel wrote of Some Stimulus Payments Diverted to Pay Outstanding Debts.
This got me to thinking about my own personal experience with the stimulus, which I posted on that blog and have provided below:
Whatever you do, just don’t count on knowing when or how you’ll get your money. Since the stimulus [...]

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