Ready, get set, spend: What your rebate can buy | St. Louis Public Radio

Ready, get set, spend: What your rebate can buy

Apr 30, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Got a rebate? The IRS has begun sending out more than $100 billion in economic stimulus payments to 130 million U.S. households. Here's what your windfall can buy in the St. Louis region.

For $300 (minimum rebate for an individual)

  • Milk and bread for a year (52 gallons + 52 loaves)
  • 8GB Apple IPod Touch (Circuit City)
  • Designer dress and purse (Macy's)
  • 5 tanks of unleaded gas (15-gallon tanks, at Wednesday's prices)
  • 10 gallons of Olympic deck stain (Lowe's)

    For $600 (maximum rebate for an individual)

    • 3 monthly payments on an economy car (Kia Optima)
    • 2 season tickets to the Muny (Terrace A)
    • Casual dining table and four stools (American furniture)
    • Nikon D40 digital camera and zoom lens (Creve Coeur Camera)
    • 6 months of pilates classes at a student rate (Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis)

    For $1,200 (rebate for married couple)

    • 42-inch-deck riding lawnmower (Sears)
    • Apple MacBook laptop
    • 1 nonstop roundtrip ticket to New York for Mother's Day weekend, plus airport parking (American, economy class)
    • 1 month's rent on a downtown loft (University Lofts)
    • ¾ of a 42-inch plasma Panasonic TV. Sorry, but you'll need to come up with $399 more. ($1,599, Best Buy)

    How will you spend your rebate?