Some consumers will receive their economic stimulus check and be tempted to go on a shopping spree
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 19, 2008
CareOne Providers Share Free Tips on Getting the Most Out of Economic Stimulus Checks
Economic stimulus checks rolled out in early May to US consumers. Providers of CareOne Credit Counseling Services are offering free advice on spending and using that extra money, showing families and individuals how to get the most value and biggest benefits to them.
Many eligible US consumers have received, or will be receiving, economic stimulus checks from the government for amounts starting at $300. The concept of the economic stimulus checks is simple. Amidst the recent credit crunch, buying on credit has slowed down and less money is being exchanged in the marketplace. By giving money to consumers who will then spend it on various goods and services, the government hopes to increase the country's overall spending and consumption rates. Furthermore, because every dollar handed out by the government will be spent a countless number of times by various consumers, the effect of that one dollar is multiplied and has an even greater impact on economic growth.
For example, if a consumer receives a $1,000 economic stimulus check and spends it on clothing for the family, that $1,000 has now been introduced into the economy. In addition, these funds now represent new revenue for the retailer who sold the clothes. This cycle continues as portions of this money are spent on goods and services for the business itself. The store owner will also use a percentage of this $1,000 to pay his or her employees who, in turn, will spend a portion of their paycheck elsewhere, making further contributions to our economic growth.
CareOne Service providers want to help consumers better understand the economic stimulus package, enabling them to make more informed decisions on how to use their stimulus checks.
"Some consumers will receive their economic stimulus check and be tempted to go on a shopping spree," says CareOne Credit Counseling Services Spokesperson Clarky Davis. "Maybe they've wanted to buy a big screen television, make a down payment towards a new car, or even to take a vacation, but they didn't have the opportunity before receiving their stimulus check. On the surface, any spending would be good for the economy. Consumers should think about what's best for them. There are ways to use that extra money which could save or make them more money overall, help them get out of debt, or better prepare for their future."
CareOne Agencies offer the following ideas for using the funds from economic stimulus checks:
1. Use the money to pay down credit cards or other interest-bearing debts. Paying more now means saving more in interest payments, which can accumulate quickly.
2. Place all, or a portion, of the money into an interest-earning account or tax-saving account. By setting aside funds in this way for things like a child's future education, retirement, a new car or home, consumers can earn extra money on the deposit and save on income-tax payments.
3. Consider setting aside a part of the check exclusively for emergency expenses. This allows credit card spending to be avoided if a sudden need arises (such as car repairs).
"While politicians are hoping the economic stimulus package will improve the economy in the short run, consumers can use that money in whatever way benefits them the most, knowing they can still improve the economy in the long haul," says Davis. "By paying down credit cards or other bills, consumers keep that added interest payment amount in their own pockets to be spent later. By putting money into a retirement account, consumers are ensuring their ability to spend and bolster the economy in the future. By saving for a child's college education, that child has a better chance of securing a higher-paying job by getting their degree, leading to them spending more in the course of their lifetime. These 'little' choices now help the consumers in the moment and have the potential to help the economy on a grander scale."
About CareOne Credit Counseling Services:
CareOne Credit Counseling Services is a service mark of 3C Incorporated and is an industry leader committed to providing consumers with education and debt management services related to improving and maintaining their financial health. CareOne providers have helped over 4.5 million people pay down debts through their solid relationships with over 220,000 creditors. For more information about CareOne Credit Counseling Services, please visit http://www.CareOneCredit.com, or contact Clarky Davis at (410) 925-9769.
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