• IRS bites

    “The IRS kept ours. OUCH! We’ve just had a new baby and we didn’t pay in enough money, because we had to use it for insurance and medical bills. So, since we owed them money they decided how much of a downpayment to give them, they just kept the whole thing.”

    Lynn, 36
    Ventura, CA

  • its all good…

    “Well, almost all of it went to rent, and if it wasn’t that, all the other bills would be next!! But, the carnival was in town so I did use the little bit left to take my 1 year old daughter, Sylvia, for her first ride, games (won a goldfish), and some cotton candy! I’d say that was worth more than what I paid!!”

    cole, 24, artist/crafter
    Waynesboro, PA

  • Paid taxes with tax money

    “I used it to pay on my property taxes…”

    Linda, 49, factory worker
    Alton, IL

  • The Stars Aligned

    “I bought a pair of turntables! It’s something I’ve always wanted but could never justify spending the money on, but the stars really aligned for this purchase. I found out a friend of a friend was selling his and I got them for only $250! I spent the other $50 on various nefarious activities.”

    Lindsey, 20
    Asheville, NC

  • Didn’t help me

    “Nothing, I have been unable to pay off my student loans since I left my husband. I have two kids and everything I earn goes to housing, food and gas. My tax checks go directly to the gov’t. I do not get support and left to protect my kids from verbal abuse.”

    Alex, 40, office manager
    Port Orange, FL

  • Beer Pong Tournament

    “I bought beer for my beer pong tournament. yeah bush!”

    Matt, 24, Recruiter
    Bel Air, Maryland

  • Helped pay bills

    “i bought nothing! I used it to pay my already too expensive NJ property taxes”

    ron, 45, manager
    moorestown, nj

  • I bought a puppy!

    “I bought a new puppy, she cost exactly $600! We needed a friend for our other Papillion and although I spent all of my money, she was more than worth it!”

    Burtonsville, MD

  • Mazda Makeover

    “I gave my 2007 Mazda 3 a makeover. I put 4 news tires on it, got the windows tinted and some engine tweeks to try an save some money at the pump!”

    Craig, 24, Retail Management
    lackawanna, NY

  • Payin for school


    “We used the stimulus check for gas and for college tuition”

    Gail, 47, Administrator/Software Development/staffing
    Ann Arbor, Michigan