We’re in this Together!

As we stay at home, isolating ourselves from our family and friends as well as the people located around us, we are constantly thinking of our community. Our community is much bigger than our geographic neighborhood. 

We are staying in touch with our family and friends everyday, and listening to personal stories about how this difficult time is affecting people’s lives in unique ways. The common thread is that huge numbers of people in the US and all over the world are dealing with all sorts of medical, financial, and emotional issues right now. The issues with COVID-19 are serious and this virus needs to be taken seriously – we personally know people who have tested positive for COVID-19 back in the US. The financial issues are also real. People are worrying about losing their jobs and businesses, about losing their homes, and about how they’ll pay for food and basic necessities. We personally know people back in the US who have lost their jobs in the last couple weeks.

Congress is getting close to passing a $2 trillion stimulus bill to provide help for people struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and to boost the US economy. As of the time we are writing this post, the full details of the bill have not been released and we are still waiting for Congress to approve the bill. Details of the proposed plan discussed using tax filings from 2018 where individuals who earned $75,000 in adjusted gross income or less would receive checks for $1,200; and married couples that earned up to $150,000 would receive checks for $2,400 (plus an additional $500 per child under age 17).

We don’t know how much longer Congress will take to approve the bill, and we also don’t know how long it will take for people to actually receive their stimulus checks. We do know – We do not need our stimulus check and we are giving that money to others who do. We want to use this stimulus bill as an opportunity to help others. And we want to encourage other people to share their stimulus checks if they can.  #Shareyourcheck

For everyone who receives a stimulus check, you should use it in whatever way helps you the most. We aren’t waiting for actual checks to be cut. We have young people in our lives who have just graduated, are burdened with student loan debt, and have been laid off from their service jobs. They are applying for jobs now but the truth is they are stuck on hold until things improve enough for them to find new jobs and go back to work. So while we are sitting here at home in Mexico today, we used Venmo to send cash to them back in their homes in the US. And we are encouraging our community to do something similar if they can. There are so many people who need our financial and emotional support during this difficult time, so we all need to do whatever we can to help others.

Bottom Line

Most of the people receiving stimulus checks really need them right now. If you do not need your stimulus check, please consider sharing your check with someone who needs it more than you. Some people are ordering more take out food from restaurants than usual, just to help support small businesses. Some people are dropping off supplies for the elderly people in their neighborhoods who are unable to leave their homes. There are many different ways that we can help others right now, sharing your stimulus check is just one of them. Please do what you can. 

#Shareyourcheck

8 comments

  1. Love this idea of sharing the stimulus check. We just started donating to our local food bank as things started shutting down. This post has inspired us to donate the full amount we would receive from the stimulus checks to the food bank and other local organizations. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stay safe!
    -Dragon Guy

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    • That is wonderful!! Good job Dragons. We are very excited to hear about what you are doing to give back in your community. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I love the idea, especially since I’ve been seeing wealthy PF bloggers flaunting their obvious lack of need and talking about how they’ll invest the money. They’re free to do what they want but the utter disregard for the impact of the virus on real lives in their attitudes is pretty gross.

    We’ve been donating to food banks and friends who are in need since this started getting really serious. I haven’t bothered to see if we are eligible for a stimulus check, we are currently fortunate enough not to need it, so we won’t be seeking the funds. It should go to people who need it.

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    • Having enough is something we are grateful for, and it’s also a privilege that motivates us to give and share money with others. We love hearing what others are doing in terms of giving too, and really appreciate your food bank focus whether or not you get a stimulus check. So thanks for all that you do!

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  3. This is a great idea Ali! Derrick and I won’t get stimulus checks, but we’ve made a donation to my university to help students impacted by COVID-19. This crisis really hits young people hard. Although they’ve temporarily suspended student loan payments, many of the part time and summer time jobs that students typically perform have been impacted.

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    • That is wonderful Heather! This idea of sharing and focusing on others is on our minds a lot right now. We are hearing so many stories about people having a tough time, and also a lot of stories from people who are proud to be doing just fine and convinced that other people are “not their problem.” One thing today’s covid pandemic has definitely given all of us is more opportunity to be thoughtful and generous. So thank you for helping others right now!

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