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What would you do with the 600 bucks?

BoosAs you may have heard, the federal government has a plan to stimulate the economy, and that could mean:

Six hundred bucks coming at ya!

Well, 117 million of us would get that. Or more. Or less. And probably starting in May. Details to be worked out.

But the big question is: What would you spend it on?

There are several reasons you probably wouldn’t save your windfall. 1) Nobody saves anymore, and 2) Wouldn’t that be unpatriotic? The point is to stimulate the economy.

And that means stimulating the U.S. economy, not China’s, so some economists have suggested spending it on U.S.-made goods (if you can find any).

Here are some $600 suggestions:

• Hire a local handyman to clean and repair your rain gutters, and then to come back in spring to paint your trim ($20 per hour x 30 hours = $600).

• Buy 200 square feet of Anderson 3-inch Lincoln Harvest pre-finished engineered oak wood plank flooring from Balboa Flooring in San Diego (on sale for $2.99 per square foot)

• Get a local upholstery shop to make slipcovers for your favorite sofa.

• Buy a 2-foot-square U.S.-made John Boos & Co. butcher block table (pictured).

• Buy something from Sears (keyword: Made in USA). Or, go to

• Put $600 into the search box at Craigslist and see what the world has to offer.

So what would you do with the money?

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