single gal seeks stimulation
Getting the nightmare visuals of the Ruddster attempting to stimulate me in any way out of my head, while on the one hand I am a tad excited that ‘singles’ are to be acknowledged in the kind of handout territory usually occupied by families, on the other - its still plain wrong.
The pre-Christmas government bonus to families and pensioners did little to get people spending more. Most preferred to tuck the cash under the mattress for a rainy day or pay off some debt. Some pundits claim there was a small January spending spree, a late bump in the country’s dire discretionary spending but the majority of people surveyed said they didn’t whoop it up with the dosh.
I can’t actually say no to the little gift in the bank account if/when it arrives. In reality it will pay a pittance of my tax bill and head straight back to the ATO.
But theoretically at least I wonder – if you were given $950 and told to go off and buy as many lollies as you’d like with it, how would you spend it?
So far, the only thing I have put off buying is a new electric toothbrush to replace the one that carked it a while back. If the sum was significantly larger I could finish the work needed in the backyard, get a water tank and buy solar panels. However each one of those projects cost significantly more than the bonus.
Though on second thoughts, it would take a large dent out of the cost of a water tank. But then again, will it ever rain in Melbourne again?
* Eligibility for the bonus is based on your 2007-2008 tax return. While there is no doubt that my meagre income meets the means testing, I have yet to do the paperwork. I guess that is a rather good incentive to get the return done ASAP.