The 3% climb in the US economy: really from the "rebate" checks?

@sedel1027 (17855)
United States
August 28, 2008 9:54am CST
I read an article today that states that the positive growth in the US economy was caused by the rebate checks. Do you agree with this? Personally, I don't think it helped at all. Everyone I know that got a check sure didn't use it to buy stuff, they paid down debt. We used our money to move.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
I don't think it helped...people probably used to pay a bill. This question is OFF TOPIC, I wanted to ask you, sedel1027, since I had no other way to contact you, what did you use to get rid of the cat pee smell on your tile ( question you had from a year ago). My cat decided to start going into our pantry and pee on a bunch of plastic bags, which got all over the tile, travertine tile, so it soaked into it! It is so gross, tried cleaning, still smell it. What's the magic potion? Thanks! Cheryl
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Cat pee on the tile....what did I do? I really don't think I ever 100% got the smell out to tel you the truth. We have since moved. I know a strong water & vinegar solution seemed to help. I also mopped a few time with ammonia. The cat still went on that spot, but it was nowhere near as often as he had been doing it before.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Aug 08
Well in way it did help the economy. The ones who used it to pay down their debt, do not have to fatten the credit companies with all that interest. And if one bought stuff, would not one have put it on charge anyway? So in way what people will get from now on, they can use to buy new stuff without paying so high an interest charge.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Usually when people have the extra cash, they pay cash. When we need items we use cash unless we really have no money, then we charge it.
• United States
28 Aug 08
every single person i know used it to catch up on bills too.. i think its a bunch of bull
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@ganderlot (352)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I didn't even make enough to get a rebate check, although I was under the impression I was going to receive one. The people I know who got theirs used it for rent, and like yourself other debts for the cost of living not helping the economy grow.