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Getting the most out of your stimulus check

With economic stimulus checks appearing in bank accounts and mail boxes around the country, it’s time to think about stretching those dollars.

Gas prices have jumped about 75 cents per gallon and food prices have risen about 5 percent since the stimulus package legislation was approved in February, according to marketing company Colloquy.

So to get the most out of your check consider spending money through rewards programs.

Ask your credit card companies about rewards programs they offer.

Delta’s SkyMiles program is offering a 40 percent bonus for miles purchased before June 30.

And purchases made using Target’s REDcard program will contribute points to a school of the buyer’s choice.

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