Make the Most of Your Stimulus Check

Four things to consider doing with the economic impact payment you receive from the federal government.

The recent economic downturn due to COVID-19 has led to unemployment rates rising, businesses closing and consumer spending dropping. While this is an unfortunate reality, the Economic Impact Payments that many Americans have been receiving as a result of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act attempt to help offset the negative financial impacts of this unprecedented crisis.

If you're among those who have received or will receive a payment, you may be wondering what to do with the money. While the answer will vary depending on your individual circumstances and needs, following are some possibilities for you to consider.

1. Pay Off Debt
If you have any student loan debt or outstanding credit card debt, try to pay those down first, especially the credit cards with the highest interest rates. Left unchecked, that interest and any accompanying late fees or penalties can surpass the original debt over time.

2. Start or Add to an Emergency Savings 
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's that the unexpected can hit at any moment. That's why it's important to have enough savings to cover at least three months of living expenses in case of medical, financial or other emergencies. If you already have an emergency fund but think it could use a boost, consider using a portion of your payment to supplement your savings. If you don't, here's one way to put together an emergency fund.

3. Build Your Retirement Savings
While it's important to pay off debts and build an emergency fund, it's also crucial to save for your future. If you received a $1,200 payment like many taxpayers, don't forget about your long-term retirement savings goals—regardless of whether you can sock away 10% ($120), 25% ($300), 50% ($600) or all of it. While the markets are turbulent right now, keep in mind that, historically, they have bounced back from short-term declines over time.*

4. Donate
If you have some money left after taking care of your expenses and savings, consider donating to a cause that's important to you. So many organizations have stepped up during this difficult period and helped the communities they serve. Visit to learn more about donating to charities.

To learn more, please contact your local Mutual of America representative today.

*Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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