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Five Ways to Blow Your Rebate


Economic stimulus is for spending. Duh.

The 2008 fiscal stimulus package is intended to inject a fresh supply of cash into the US economy. But many fear that Americans will just use the money to pay down debt or save for the future, thereby nullifying the rebate's intended effect.

Wait a minute. Good. Now that you've stopped laughing, let's talk about the flashy toys we'll all be buying in a few months' time.

Of course there are Apple (AAPL) iPods and Sony (SNE) PlayStations. There are cell phones and DVD players. But most of these items cost less than $600, and frankly, what's the point of not going all the way? This is the 2008 fiscal stimulus package we're talking about, not the 2008 fiscally responsible snore-fest.

To speed up the consumption process, we've picked out a few items you can spend your entire rebate on. And to make it even easier, everything you see is just one click away on (AMZN).

Toshiba REGZA 26HL47 26" LCD HDTV, $597.72
It's big. It's flat. It's high-definition. And it's now every American's birthright.

Dyson DC15 Animal Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner, $598.97
Impress your friends and dazzle your neighbors with this ultra-high-tech, completely unnecessarily futuristic vacuum cleaner. Don't just pick up dust, annihilate it.

Alto Cornamuse, $580.00
This spring, ask yourself, "Isn't it time I learned to play an exotic woodwind instrument?" If you answered yes, think about a Cornamuse. It's a close cousin of a crumhorn and rauschpfeife. Better act fast; there's only one of these hot sellers left.

Michael Toschi Men's SUV 3 Slip-on, $549.95
According to the site, these beauties have "the look of a traditional penny loafer, but [their] dual elastic gores, padded insole, breathable arch and shock-absorbing rubber outsole[s] will carry you confidently through the day and night." Can you really put a price on day-to-night comfort?

Brass Baron Medium Verdi Crane Pair, $550.00
A man's home is his castle, and nothing spruces up your kingdom like yard art. This year, put those lawn gnomes and jockeys away and invest in something truly one a kind: Brass Cranes. Not only will you be proud of your lawn, you'll also be proud of the work these cranes have done to keep the great American economy soaring.

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