Here Are The Stupid Things People Spent Stimulus Checks On That They Clearly Didn’t Need

After a year of extreme measures and lockdowns, people have thought of various ways to use the money from the “American Rescue Plan”

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration claim that the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” financially supports Americans after a year of government-induced lockdowns, purposefully leaving out those they believed should not benefit from the extra funds.

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Yet, now, after a widespread economic shutdown, they have allocated Americans’ own money back to them by passing a bill that costs taxpayers more than they will ever get back in stimulus checks.

Now, people are discussing the ways they will use this money.

Some claim that the stimulus “hush money” can be used in useful ways, like for purchasing necessities (food, water, shelter), purchasing guns, and paying off any outstanding debts.

Yet, others prove that the trillion dollars did not end up just in those in desperate need of them.

Here are some of the most foolish ways to use the stimulus check:

  • Drugs

This week, a 2-year-old boy in Kentucky died after he overdosed on fentanyl his mother bought with her stimulus check. The baby allegedly ingested some of the synthetic opioid while the 33-year-old woman slept off the dose she took a shot of earlier in the day.

About 24 million Americans used their check on tobacco, drugs, and alcohol during the first round of stimulus in 2020. This raises the alarm about a potential increase in overdoses and addiction in vulnerable communities.

  • Sports Betting

Some Americans choose to use their $1,400 checks to place bets on teams in the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament or attending the games in-person.

Unfortunately, this is one of the most stupid ways to use this money, as the chances of winning are insanely low, and there are no concrete returns or benefits if a gamble is wrong.

The NCAA reports that there is a 1 in 120.2 billion chance of someone with knowledge of basketball creating absolutely flawless predictions. These odds plummet to a one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance of creating a perfect bracket if someone merely guesses about the outcomes of each team each round.

  • Elaborate Vacations

Many found this year extremely difficult, as they were forced to remain at home, so they decide to use the latest stimulus payments to relax.

47-year-old Katie Kopiec, who took no hits to her income over the last year, said she is planning on using the money for a trip to Tennessee:

“To us, this means something extra for everything we’ve lost in this awful year.”

Many Twitter users claim they will do the same.

Last year, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Congress did not start considering stimulus bills to fund peoples’ vacations.

  • Other Unnecessary Things

Some of the dumbest ways to spend the stimulus money on also include:

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and home decor:

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