our stimulus shows up in the bank

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.

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heartbeat May 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm

i am so glad that the mr. did not have to hunt for a typewriter….and i hope that all goes well and he gets his phd soon. what have you done with the old computer? before tossing it to be recycled perhaps you should take it to the geek squad and maybe have it fixed or could do that with your leftover rebate…if successful you could then sell it to another student and make your money back.

Kimberly May 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Congrats! New computers are the best!

Christine May 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I suspect that you are “more comfortable” with XP than Vista because Vista is a shoddy, shoddy OS. It just got installed on my computer at work; I am exceedingly displeased.

shawna May 3, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I don’t think it’s just simple math. I am a “06” for my last digits and did not get my deposit to my ING account until May 2nd as well. πŸ™‚

Vered - MomGrind May 3, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Congrats on the new computer. So glad it has worked out for you AND there’s some money left!!

Susan May 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Oh good. I’m glad you have a faster and smoothly running computer now. Glad to hear Micah can concentrate on his dissertation without disruption.

Laura May 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I’m happy you guys got the computer and Mr. Micah is getting his dissertation done. What is his dissertation on?

Amanda May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Woohoo for the new ‘puter!

I don’t think it’s simple math, either. Hubby’s an 08 and we didn’t get ours until the 2nd either.


Frugal Dad May 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for following up to let us know these things do actually show up! And congrats on the new computer purchase.

Chief Family Officer May 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Yay on the new computer! And the little things in life that mean so much – like not hearing yelling at an inanimate object, which made me LOL. πŸ™‚

Dad May 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Good news! I hope it works out very well. I am glad you have XP as well. I know people on both sides of that. Usually they either love it or loathe it. May Micah make real progress now that he’s not suffering the interference of a bad computer. I hope that other things are going well as well. πŸ™‚

Funny about Money May 4, 2008 at 9:39 am

Excellent news! What a relief that must be.

Is he teaching this summer? If he can get free of that he should be able to make good progress over the next few months. πŸ™‚

Nicole May 4, 2008 at 10:26 am

I’ve got some new computer envy. But having a “homemade” computer was not something I had previously thought about….hmm…

Wooly Woman May 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Working computer for dissertation? Definitely priceless :):) I like the part about how is not yelling… at least not at the computer (I think I yelled at my dissertation a few times).

Trent Hamm May 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

We’re in that same 17-20 group. We’re supposed to receive a paper check – hopefully very soon. A married couple with two kids = nice check.

KarenMoeller May 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm

That is a fantastic price on a laptop! When you have a chance let us know the specs.

KarenM in NC

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