Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

July 7, 2008

Economic Stimulus… what to buy?

Filed under: wealth — theburts @ 8:07 pm

Daniel and I just received our economic stimulus check in the mail. We had previously signed a pledge (started by Ariah) to give away half of it… The idea is to use it to stimulate the economy while helping someone else.

So… what do we buy? Some ideas we have or have gotten from other people..

1. Buy items for Safe Haven or other homeless shelter.

2. Buy supplies for a women’s ministry (one was named that helps women after they’ve been in prison).

3. Buy medical supplies or other needs for our yearly Haiti trip.

4. Buy gift cards to local restaurants and somehow hand them out to people in need.

Any other ideas? Let’s hear your thoughts!



  1. My husband and I used some of the money to buy supplies for a neighborhood party we hosted in our neighborhood.
    We are planning to use the remainder to take a group of kids from an inner city Philadelphia church camping. Not sure yet how that will work, but that is the basic idea for now.

    Comment by Susan — July 8, 2008 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  2. Give, give give, your heart will know where

    Comment by Ariah Fine — July 11, 2008 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  3. Amanda, Well if all else fails give it to your Dad..help him get a new home..just kidding..
    From what I know I think I would split between the supplies for Hayti and Safe Haven…
    Love yas, Look forward to seeing you two again soon.

    Comment by Charles — July 13, 2008 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  4. I miss you all posting. Your past posts have had some excellent insight and challenges for me in my Walk.

    Comment by Chad — August 11, 2008 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  5. Aw, thanks Chad. It’s funny, we were just discussing (before your comment) how we needed to get back into writing more consistent blog posts. There are several things we want to discuss, so hopefully we’ll do that soon. Thanks for your comment. It’s really nice to know that God’s used some of our writing to challenge others.

    Comment by theburts — August 12, 2008 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  6. Regarding the economic stimulus stuff, we haven’t posted any updates…one thing that we’ve done is find groups or organizations (like the Magdalene House in Nashville, http://www.thistlefarms.org/ ) who give jobs to people who need direction. At the Magdalene House, women who been incarcerated are employed to make everything from body lotion to fragrant room sprays. We bought a few necklaces from another place in Arkansas that lets troubled teenage girls make and sign each piece, and all the proceeds go directly to the girls. And we had a shopping spree for Safe Haven that was a lot of fun. :)

    We still have a bit more to spend, though, so feel free to give more ideas!

    Comment by theburts — August 12, 2008 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  7. Hey you two,
    CONGRATS on your first year anniversary, Hope you had a great time last night..
    Here’s wishing you many many many more of wonderful years together..
    I am sure this was just the first year of Gods Plan for you.
    I am looking forward to see what is next.

    Love yas,

    Comment by Charles — August 12, 2008 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  8. Happy Anniversary!

    Comment by Ariah Fine — August 12, 2008 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

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