Lifehacker has a poll asking people "What Are You Doing with Your Stimulus Check?"
Over 60% said they are either saving it all, or using it to pay down bills/debt:
Spending on essentials. 5.6%
Frivolous shopping spree! 12.6%
Saving it all. 23.8%
Paying bills or debt. 37.0%
A little of everything. 21.0%
Two caveats to this: As we have seen in so many surveys, what people say they plan on doing, and then what they actually do, are often two very different things.
Secondly, we don’t know the demographics of Lifehacker readers — geeks? middle class? higher educated? — and they might skew differently than the nation as a whole.
Regardless, its an interesting data set.
See also: My check? It’s going to pay off bills