Well, now I know a little bit more about how the stimulus “rebate” dispersal process works, at least for people with direct deposit. It was scheduled to begin on April 28th and the 00-20 group was supposed to be done by May 2nd. We got our rebate on May 2nd.
It makes sense, since we were in the final 5th of that stimulus group—SSNs which end in 17-20. So if you’re asking “When will my stimulus arrive?” I’d suggest doing the following.
1) Find your range. What SSN group are you in? When are the dispersals supposed to start? When should they be done by?
2) Simple mathematics. Divide the number of SSN endings in your group (00-20 is 21) by the number of days (April 28-May 2nd is 5). In this case, then, you can expect that 00-04 get theirs Monday, 05-08 Tues, 09-12 Weds, 13-16 Thurs, and 17-20 Fri. Or something like that, because 21 isn’t evenly divisible by 5.
Of course, this is my hypothesis based on when our rebate showed up and the last two numbers of the SSN we filed under (we picked the lowest so we’d get it sooner).
And in other good news, we’ve purchased the computer for Micah’s dissertation. It cost $350, so there’s still $250 of the stimulus left.
The computer doesn’t belong to a particular brand, it was made by a guy who build it for fun. His girlfriend reads my blog and lives in DC and they’re downsizing their studio apartment and moving to laptops. So she got in touch, we went to see it, and took it right there.
It’s been great so far. Once we convinced it to talk to our internet network and got Office 2007 set up, everything’s been working wonderfully. The speed is amazing. It has enough memory to get a geek hot and bothered. It runs Windows XP (yay! because we’re more comfortable with XP than Vista). And it doesn’t freeze.
Right now, I hear the sounds of a happy Micah typing away and it’s so beautiful. I haven’t heard him yell at it once. He’s started making real progress on his dissertation.