Tax rebates stimulate the imagination

What's on your shopping list?

The federal government and Wall Street are hoping we spent our stimulus checks at the mall or on a car. Rebate checks, $600 for an individual and $1,200 for couples, depending on income, started landing in mail boxes last month.

And one Web site,, aims to show and tell what Americans are doing with that money — it posts pictures and a brief description of how consumers are using their checks.

Laura, a marketing associate from Plano, Texas, for example, put her check towards a down payment on a "new sexy car," while Giacomo Abrusci, of Washington, D.C., spent his on "freedom from arbitrary corporate control" — he paid down his credit card debt.

There have been about 250 posts so far, said site founder Rudy Adler, a freelance advertising copywriter.

The posts are subdivided, and the most popular spending categories so far are vacation and travel, home and garden, and credit card debt.

Adler said he plans on keeping the site up even after the last checks are sent out in July, making it a time capsule.

"The stimulus, it is supposed to give this magnificent boost to the economy but nobody really knows how it is going to be spent," he said. "I thought there should be some way to capture all these different stories. Look at the collective picture and see where the money went."

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