SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – This week, many residents of the county logged into their banking sites for a welcome sight: those stimulus payments being deposited into their accounts.
Tamara De La Cruz’s adult daughters, who both live out of state, recently called her to tell her that they had both been on leave.
“They had to pay rent and buy food. It doesn’t matter how old they are. You have to help,” said De La Cruz, who lives in Chula Vista.
De La Cruz decided to take out four payday loans to help his daughters. Wednesday morning, she got up early and found what she was waiting for.
“Very excited,” De La Cruz said.
His stimulus payment was in his bank account – for a little while at least.
“I looked at my account at 5 am. It was gone at 7 am. So I was able to take that money and pay off those payday loans, I was relieved that I was able to do that,” he said. declared De La Cruz.
Around the same time, north of Carlsbad, Chelsea Monahan was checking her account.
“Anytime you see a bump in your bank account, it’s a really good thing,” Monahan said.
Good because of what she can do with that stimulus money. Monahan, who works for a biotech company, says she and her husband are fortunate to still have their jobs and live near Encinitas’ hometown.
“I am invested in this area. I have a lot of family and friends. Immediately my thoughts went to those in difficulty,” said Monahan.
Monahan decided to focus on struggling local businesses and schools.
“My husband and I decided we wanted to find ways to spend our stimulus check locally to basically spread the wealth… Selfishly I want all the eating places I love to be there when it’s all over,” said Monahan.
Monhahan plans to spend the stimulus money over the next three months, including take out food at neighborhood restaurants, a gift card at a friend’s living room, and a Gofundme campaign for a nearby flooded nursery. .
“The more people there are who can spend the stimulus money locally, the better off the local community will be,” said Monahan.
Monahan posted her plans on the Nextdoor site in hopes of inspiring others to spend locally.
As for those still awaiting their checks, the IRS on Wednesday launched a website which allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks.