Best Ways To Spend Your Rebate in DC?

It seems that a deal has been reached on an economic stimulus package (heh, I said stimulus package) that would put a bunch of fluid dollars into the hands of Americans everywhere. If you make less than $75k, look for a check around $600. Married couple? $1200.

So, if this is truly to be economic stimulus, how can we best spend it in the DC area? I don’t think big chains need any more of our money, so maybe it’s time to look at local businesses that could use a few extra bucks, so that takes out a whole bunch of stores. So, for the best local effect, maybe shops like Belmont TV might be the place to go for electronics and whatnot. Shops like Kramers and Politics & Prose for books. DC is blessed with an abundance of non-chain restaurants, so maybe a night out with your hubby/sweetie would be a good idea, as well.

If you’re going to get stimulated, you might as well help out some of the local businesses, yeah? Where are you going to spend your rebate?

10 Comments so far

  1. rawdawgbuffalo (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    All of this is just a short term fix. And truth be told, it has been happening over past 3 decades. Reagan and Clinton have just as much blame as the current administration. This is an interesting perspective on this(the midas touch)


  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

    How about paying down my debt? No, that doesn’t stimulate the economy enough. Maybe I would blow it all on the current two-for-one dildo sale, go to Applebee’s or another similarly shitty restaurant for lunch and then finish the evening by watching Matlock reruns. That Ben Matlock – he’s a regular modern-day Sam Ervin.

    Never mind. I take that all back. I think I will spend it on debt reduction.


  3. Meathead (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

    Take it to Travelex and convert it to Euros.


  4. Ben R (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    And for those of us slightly over the cutoff, we get nothing but a subpar refund.

    Joy.


  5. Don (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

    I’d welcome anyone actually giving me $600 but instead it’s just a goddamned loan I didn’t ask for. I work hard to live on a pure cash-only basis and have a positive tax liability every April so all this accomplished for me is making sure I’ll have a $600 payment to make.

    I look forward to how delightful Jan & Feb 2009 are going to be when all the suckers- emm, I mean people who look forward to tax payment refunds don’t get what they are used to, or have to pay for the first time in their lives.


  6. Jonathan (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

    If we actually get a refund (it’s not law yet), you might consider putting it in a savings account. It will offset the difference between the lower interest rate you are about to get and the inflation "candle" that the fed just lit.

    Oh, sorry. I forgot – our economy is fine. That’s what Bush told me a month ago…


  7. Sligo (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

    "Whatever you want
    Whatever it is
    Whatever you want
    Think Belmont!"


  8. Evil Moo (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    Two-for-one dildo sale?! Why isn’t this front page news???

    I for one won’t be getting a check, at least under the current criteria. But if I did get one, I would probably invest it.


  9. IntangibleArts (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    This isn’t EVEN a short-term fix. Seems more like a anaesthetic to keep the public calm until the primaries are over.

    …perhaps I’ll buy some foreign products (via the web, to keep the maximum flow of dollars offshore). We’re all about competition in this land, right? Free-markets and all that shite? So I say "go with a winner" — i.e., most any other national economy but ours.

    We’re all gonna die. Die. Die.


  10. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:38 am

    Speeding along that death is probably not ethical, Intangiblearts.



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