California

San Francisco, USA. Sept. 14, 2021. California Governor Gavin Newsom, speaks to the press at a labor union event in San Francisco.
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California's second round of stimulus has been underway since late August, when Gov. Gavin Newsom (pictured) told taxpayers in a video message to "look out for checks either in your mailbox or directly in your account."

The payments are still going out in waves, with distribution of a new batch scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 15. It’s not clear how many checks will be sent this time, but 750,000 went out in the last group, about two weeks ago.

Californians who earn $75,000 or less are receiving $500 to $1,100; you get a larger amount if you have dependents and did not qualify for a first-round stimulus check early this year. Those went to people making $30,000 or less.

Some states have been making direct payments using aid provided to state and local governments in the massive COVID-19 stimulus bill President Joe Biden signed in March. But not California, which instead has been tapping a massive state budget surplus created by the rising stock market and other factors.

Florida

In recognition of the special difficulties teachers have faced while navigating their way through the pandemic, Florida has been handing out $1,000 checks to its educators.

The Sunshine State also is paying first responders — including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters — up to $1,000 as a thank-you for the sacrifices they've been making throughout the crisis.

New Mexico

New Mexico’s stimulus program devoted $5 million to helping low-income residents who weren’t eligible for federal stimulus checks. In August, more than 4,000 households received up to $750 in emergency financial assistance — but the state still had $1.4 million of its pot of relief money left over.

So, for 10 days in October, New Mexico officials accepted applications for a second round of assistance, targeted toward residents who didn't qualify for federal stimulus checks and didn't receive any of the state money over the summer. The state hasn't said when the new checks will go out.

Tennessee

A bill passed by Tennessee's state legislature earlier this year will provide teachers with hazard pay for making it through the worst of the pandemic.

Lawmakers had originally proposed a 2% raise for educators, but it was ultimately replaced with a one-time payment of $1,000 for full-time teachers. Part-timers will receive $500. It's expected the checks will be mailed out by the end of 2021.

Texas

While there’s no statewide program for COVID relief payments in Texas, some local school districts are providing their employees with stimulus checks in the form of retention bonuses.

In the Dallas suburb of Irving, the bonus is as much as $2,000. In nearby Denton, teachers will receive $500 and a 2% pay increase. Several Texas school districts have approved pay raises for educators instead of direct payments.

What if your state isn’t offering extra stimulus?

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If you need more help but your state isn't offering stimulus checks, you'll need to find fresh relief on your own.

  • Deal with your debt. Credit is convenient, but it doesn't take long before expensive interest catches up with you. If you're juggling multiple credit card balances and other high-interest debt, fold them into a single debt consolidation loan to pay off what you owe faster and more affordably.

  • Cut your insurance bills. If you haven’t shopped around for a better rate on your car insurance lately, you might be paying hundreds of dollars too much each year. A little comparison shopping could slash your auto premiums. The same trick also works well for finding a cheaper rate on homeowners insurance.

  • Stretch every dollar. Can you drop subscription services you're not using? Can you downgrade your phone plan to save a few dollars every month? And finally, are you getting the best deals when you shop online? If you're not sure about that last one, try using a free browser add-on that automatically scours the internet for better prices and coupons.

  • Turn your pennies into a portfolio. Make some money in the stock market, even if you don't have much cash to play with or much experience with investing. A popular app can help you invest just "spare change" from everyday purchases — and turn your pennies into a diversified portfolio.

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Sigrid Forberg

Sigrid Forberg

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Sigrid is a reporter with MoneyWise. Before joining the team, she worked for a B2B publication in the hardware and home improvement industry and ran an internal employee magazine for the federal government. As a graduate of the Carleton University Journalism program, she takes pride in telling informative, engaging and compelling stories.

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