June 19th, 2008 10:17 AM by Lehel Szucs
Retailers Looking For Some "Stimulus"...
According to a recent poll on how consumers intend to spend their stimulus checks, 19% of consumers plan on using their economic stimulus check for a special purchase, and 23% plan to use their check for everyday expenses. The rest...well, 36% say they will pay down debt and 22% say they will put it into savings. But will the check burn a hole through their pockets?
Maybe so, particularly with the "stimulus check" specials that many retailers have come up with, offering bonuses and incentives for people who spend their "stimulus" dollars with them. Here are some examples, in case you want to take advantage of any offers:
Sears. If you use your stimulus check to purchase a gift card, you receive an additional gift card worth 10% of your check's value. This offer is also good at Kmart and Lands' End.
Kroger. Between now and July 31, 2008, you can exchange your tax refund or economic stimulus check for a Kroger gift card with an extra $30.00 (for $300.00 checks), $60.00 (for $600.00 checks) or $120.00 (for $1,200.00 checks) added to it. The program is available throughout Kroger stores nationwide - including Kroger, Baker's, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen's, Pay Less, Ralphs, Smith's and QFC stores.
Home Depot. To encourage consumers to invest their stimulus check in their homes through energy efficient products and services, the retailer is offering special values on energy-efficient products such as light bulbs and home appliances through the summer.
Radio Shack. The retailer will cash your check and give you 10% off on any purchase above $50, and then give you the difference as a prepaid MasterCard that can be used anywhere that takes MasterCard.
Domino's Pizza. Although you don't need to use your stimulus check for purchase, Domino's is getting into the spirit of economic stimulus, offering a "recession-busting" special of three pizzas for $12.00. According to the company's press release, "While you're feeding the economy with your special refund check, let it feed you back."
These are just some of the promotions that retailers are currently offering, and more deals are likely on the way. If there's something you want to use part of your stimulus check for, do your homework and take advantage of the specials that are out there.