When you check your checking or savings account this weekend you may be a little or a lot short. Over the past 6 months, families have been receiving stimulus checks or payments in the form of child tax credits. Depending on how many children you have and their ages determined how much you received. Well unfortunately all good things must come to an end and the cut-off for these payments has arrived.

Since July of last year, most American families have been receiving the additional stiumuls payments. It was around $300.00 for each child under 5 and $250.00 for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. The program was a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It increased the standard child tax credit for 2021 from $2,000 to $3,000 and up to $3,600 for families with kids 5 and under for each child.

The last payment was December 15th 2021 (12-15-21). The way the program worked was splitting the child tax credit in half. The first half was paid in monthly installments and the remaining balance will be claimed on your 2021 taxes when you file them. So half of the money was paid out the other half will be refunded or applied to your 2021 taxes. In the meantime, families will have to get used to not having the extra money.

So don't be surprised when you check your account on the 15th and you're light. There were talks about extending the program and continuing the payments, but those talks have stalled. Over the past 6 months, families have become accustomed to having that little extra so cutbacks on spending and another look at the monthly budget will have to happen, myself included. At least the remaining balance of the child tax credits can be claimed on our 2021 taxes and if refunded it'll be in a lump sum payment.

America's Various Lawton's Ranked

For the record, Canada has a Lawton way off in Alberta but it doesn't count because a country's chosen icon can't be a leaf when it should have been an equally awesome bird of prey. 'Merica.

Tour the most expensive house for sale in Oklahoma!

It's being called the most premier luxury listing in all of Oklahoma on Zillow.com. This massive mansion in Arcadia, OK. at 400 Deep Fork Circle is listed by Ty Burnett of 525 Realty Group. It currently has an asking price of $5,950,000 making it the most expensive, if not one of the most expensive houses for sale in the entire state. So what will almost six million dollars get you? A lot! This epic 12,020 square foot estate sits on over 2.5 acres and features 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It comes with its own guest house, resort infinity pool, cabana, and gym. The chef-inspired kitchen features all professional, commercial-grade appliances. There's a THX theater room and entertainment suite complete with its own bar. The master bedroom has a see-through fireplace, huge celebrity-style closets a garden room, and heated marble floors in the master bath. It has a basement a wine cellar and tons of outdoor patio and sitting areas. Scroll through all the pictures below and take a virtual tour of this one-of-a-kind epic estate located in Arcadia, OK.

Things To Do In Lawton - Fort Sill

Odds are, if you live here long enough, you'll simply forget how much awesomeness surrounds this community. It's like getting tired of an old toy, the new simply wears off... but, no matter what time of year it is, here are some things to do when you come to Lawton - Fort Sill

Where to Find the many murals by Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT in Lawton, Fort Sill.

If you've driven around town you've probably seen all the murals we have in Lawton, Fort Sill. If you take the time to look you'll notice that they're everywhere. We're lucky to have so many talented artists that share their work with us regularly by painting murals. One name you've probably heard before is Justin Hackney and Spreading PAINT. His work of masterful murals can be found all over town. He's done some of the very best and has painted everything from rock stars to celebrities and everything in between. He has a style all his own and has painted murals in full color, vivid transposed negative style, and in black and white. Be on the lookout for his latest mural masterpiece he's going to keep painting them so long as people want them and there's wall space. Looking forward to seeing his next one! Check out the gallery below of Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT murals and where to find them. We'll continue to add to the gallery as he paints them.