What would you do with an extra $500?

A CNN report asked regular people a simple question: “If I gave you $500, how would you spend it?”

The answers ranged from buying a new pair of shoes to paying on a student loan to saving it for a rainy day.

While I would be very tempted to use the money to go on a trip, it wouldn’t take me long to decide to spend it on bills.

What would you do with your $500 gift?

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July 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

I would pay my tithes, get my eyes checked and new glasses, and if there is anything left, I would take my parents to dinner at Houston’s.


July 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Pay off my JC Penney card and apply $300 to my Capital One card. The left over money I would use to put on my move for my new apartment.

Rana~ Please pick me because I really could use the cash!


July 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

Save it for a trip I guess, since we don’t have any bills to pay. Maybe buy something for my hubby.

Bayou Chick

July 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

I would set it aside to pay my next Georgia Power bill. As hot as the weather has been, I know it’s going to be sky high. I’d add whatever’s left over to my car replacement fund.

Teacher Reader

July 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

I’d donate it to the Jammal Addison Fund, so that Jammal’s son would have a secure place to live.

the cox man

July 29th, 2010
7:31 pm

My 92 year old mother is in a nursing home. i would use the 500 to pay someone to sit with her from midnight to 6 am she has a broken wrist and bruises on her hips. from falling doing this time frame.


July 29th, 2010
10:10 pm

i would invest in gold and/or something else to multipy it and/or pay it forward to at least triple it!


July 29th, 2010
10:13 pm

yes of course, tithe 10%


July 29th, 2010
10:35 pm

It would go towards my daughter’s in-state college tution.

Georgia Dad

July 29th, 2010
11:27 pm

I’d give it to the Giving Tree adoption agency. They need it to help Georgia families. Pay it forward.

Mrs. Smith

July 30th, 2010
12:27 am

I would put half of it in the Jamal Addison Fund and use the other half to buy Walmart gift cards for school kids at my church so they can buy school supplies. I would not spend a penny on myself because there are less fortunate people who need help and when we help others, we help ourselves:)


July 30th, 2010
1:18 am

School is getting ready to start back up short summer, I would spend it on my daughters, for school supplies.


July 30th, 2010
10:23 am

apply it to an airline ticket to fly out to see my daughter in California

Brazen Unicorn

July 30th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’d put it towards infertility treatments.

Social Worker

July 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

I would use the money for school uniforms.

welfare mom

July 30th, 2010
6:33 pm

Buy Cigs, Lottery Tickets & Beer. If anything is left, maybe take the kids to the Dollar Tree for a new toy.


August 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

School clothes/shoes and supplies for my daughter. And pay my electric bill.

doris benit

August 6th, 2010
4:53 am

I would put it into the little Jamaal Addison Fund he is the son of a fallen Georgian killed during an ambush in Iraq. His Unit was ambushed and everyone knows Jessica Lynch
was taken prisoner. Little Jamaal was two at the time.
The Jamaal Addison Fund is set up at Delta Community Credit
Union and any amount donated would help. The Grandmothers for Peace have a dream and that is to provide little Jamaal and Patricia Robert’s his grandmother and care taker a
permanent home. We all need to understand the pool of grief
and hard ship that occurs to the families of fallen
soldiers. If his father had returned from Iraq this fund
would not have been necessary, please help no matter how much or how little. Many give some – some give all. Spec.
Addison gave all. Please please help realize this dream.