Thank You IRS!

While I’m not sure how much this stimulus/rebate thing-a-ma-bob is actually going to help the economy (just as I was skeptical of the earlier stimulus check that apparently didn’t help out), I’m more than happy to have received a bounce in my checking account this morning. Yay!

I know not everyone who reads this blog is from the United States. So I’m sorry you don’t get the crazy cash influx, but for those poets who are expecting (or have already received) a rebate check, let me give you an idea of how you might invest some of this money.

  1. Subscribe to a literary journal or three. Not only is it good reading, but you’ll be learning what poems each journal wants. Plus, you’ll be supporting the poetry community, which helps everyone from the poets to the publishers.
  2. Buy some Forever stamps. Check with your local post office to verify, but these stamps can apparently be used forever–despite any increases in First-Class stamp rates. So, you could stock up now on the stamps you can use to mail your poetry submissions forever.
  3. Purchase poetry supplies. Go ahead and buy surplus amounts of your favorite pens, pencils, pads of paper, erasers, etc. Heck, get a huge dry erase board that you can turn into a brainstorming or draft board for your poems (or a great place to doodle while you’re thinking of a poem).
  4. Attend a writing conference or workshop. Why slowly save for a conference or workshop experience when the government is sending you enough money to cover the expenses of most events now? This could be your once in a lifetime chance to really connect with other writers.
  5. Build a Web site. Personally, I’ve thought about using some of my rebate check to finally create my own site to highlight my achievements (or lack of achievements). Web sites are great, because it allows you to give people a destination to find out more about you, your publishing efforts, and more.

Of course, another option is to use the rebate to pay for the skyrocketing prices of gas and food. Yesterday morning, I was dumbstruck by the price of regular unleaded: $3.79 per gallon. Say what?!?

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10 thoughts on “Thank You IRS!

  1. Sam Mattern

    I received this from someone and thought it was worth sharing.

    The federal government is sending each and every one of us a $600 rebate.
    If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.

    If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
    If we purchase a computer it will go to India.
    If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.
    If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.
    If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy.
    The only way to keep that money here at home is to buy guns, prostitutes and beer, since these are the only products still produced in the US.

    Thank you for your help

  2. Khara House

    Gr, economic stimulus … I love how it manages to avoid providing any sort of money to college students, who a) are extremely poor to begin with and b) would probably be the most likely to stimulate the economy with it! I was reading through several online blogs before the payments started going out, and many by college students spoke of spending the stimulus on gas, electronics, and other technology that would have poured that money straight back into the economic market; meanwhile a lot of the more adult bloggers have spoken of savings, trading, stocks, etc. … Personally, I would have spent it on a laptop, or as you suggested a few literary/writing magazine subscriptions … But since I’m ineligible … sorry, economy. No support from me! >:(

  3. Jesse

    Robert, good ideas. Supporting art, artists or the artistic self are te best ways to spend the money. BTW, Gas is 3.99 in northern california. J

  4. Rodney C. Walmer

    Hey Robert, just like our government to send you a check that is rubber. I am sooo anti-government at this point it is unreal. Our governmental leaders have lied to us, betrayed us, and cheated us. But enough of that, I will recommend to all of you there is one honest politician out there, his name is Ron Paul. Vote for him, even if he does not have a chance in hades of getting in. At least we will show these moron’s that are running our country that we are willing to do something.


  5. Elizabeth Keggi

    Hey there, Robert – Thanks for the ideas. I have been daydreaming about what to do with that golden egg when it comes my way, and your ideas are the best I’ve seen so far. Ya got me thinkin’!

  6. Robert Brewer

    Speaking as the editor of Writer’s Market, I have to agree with you, Linda, on the value of picking up a copy of the big doorstop of a directory. Should be available in late-June/early-July.

    Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (CWIM) should be available in early August.

    Also, if you’re interested in children’s writing, CWIM editor Alice Pope has a blog at Definitely worth checking out.

  7. Ernie Wormwood

    I am so in debt after being ill for the last year (coping with breast cancer) so my rebate will likely go to bills. These ideas are terrific! Thank you.

  8. Linda Hofke

    Nice ideas. The Writer’s Market is also a good choice. I’d like to get the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market. Does anyone know when the next one will be released. I think they usually come out in October but am not sure. Those of you who write poetry on a regular basis, they also have one for poets if I’m not mistaken.

    Oh, and Robert, we pay by the liter but converted our costs to dollars. We pay a good 7 US dollars per gallon in Germany. The price has always been higher here but we are experiencing the same inflation problems as you. This will give a new meaning to starving writers!

  9. January

    After I pay off my last credit card, I plan to do all of these things, including sending some poetry books as gifts for a few friends.

    I do like the idea of supporting the community of poets and writers with rebate checks–after paying off debt, of course.