June 2nd, 2009
09:53 PM ET

A Thousand Dollars

On Wednesday's "CNN Student Views" segment, you hear some students talk about what they'd do with a thousand bucks.  Well, let's say someone just handed YOU a grand.  And it's simply yours to spend or save any way you like - no strings attached.

What do you do with it?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. Adam

    If I had $1,000, I would donate $800 to charity, and then I would use the leftover $200 to buy other items like food, clothing, and other necessities. If for any reason I couldn't donate the money to charity, I would just save all the money for college. Go Michigan Tech! What would you do with $1,000, Carl?

    June 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Dunham

    I would save it in my bank and make interest on it (social studies)! I also would take some of it to the mall and buy COACH and go shopping with my friends and buy somethings that i don't even need just because i want it!

    June 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Fern

    I would probably put my grand in a savings fund with a high compiled interest rate. Even if there is no economic downturn, you need to save your money. After paying debts of corse.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  4. Brian

    If i had that money i would save it in case I don't get a scholarship for a collage and use the money that i got to get where i want to be. i want to be very successful in my life.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  5. Raphael

    Let's see... 1,000$ is too big a money to spend... 600$ for college and 1$ for chips and the rest to buy a car or a motorcycle.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  6. Raphael

    or 300 for college 300 for car and 300 for saving and 100 for buying Wii and Nintendo.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:23 am |
  7. Mady

    If I had $1000 dollars I would buy a baby monkey as a pet. Then I would donate the rest to a charitable cause such as Samaritan's Purse ,which spreads the love of God to the poor through giving them practical gifts that they could use like a goat to provide milk.

    June 3, 2009 at 3:32 am |
  8. Juniper

    I would help the kids who live in Southeastern Asia or Africa with $500 , give my parents $200, buy as many books(for reading, and for schoolwork) as I can by with $100 and save the rest $200 for when I'm older.

    June 3, 2009 at 4:24 am |
  9. Minji

    I will help the poor kids in North Korea with all 1000 bucks.
    (My grandfather's family is living there -if they are still alive, that is.)

    June 3, 2009 at 4:31 am |
  10. Jen

    I'll use it to buy a NEW cell phone and MY OWN computer and if there's any mony left, mabye I'll buy my parents a good present. 😉

    June 3, 2009 at 4:36 am |
  11. Jungeun

    I shall give most $800 of it away to help the people who is more indigent and give my parents $150. I will buy a few books with the left $50

    June 3, 2009 at 4:40 am |
  12. Paula

    I would pay CNN for some news about Zac Effron!He rocks!

    June 3, 2009 at 5:38 am |
  13. Laura

    Promise my soul that I would give anything for my comments on CNN news!

    June 3, 2009 at 5:39 am |
  14. MIcky

    Save all for a new car in this semester!

    June 3, 2009 at 5:40 am |
  15. Kimmy

    I would add it with my money I'm saving for a tuition next fall.

    June 3, 2009 at 5:42 am |
  16. Lucy

    I would definitely give half of my money to charity and maybe i could go shopping and buy some clothes and stuff and the rest of them, I would probably buy something valuable such as jewelries for my mom and new shoes for my dad because my mom always wanted those expensive necklaces and things like that. Also, my dad would be happy when I give him a present. He deserve it for his hard work.

    June 3, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  17. Leigh

    i would save half and spen the rest on a shopping spree

    June 3, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  18. Tiffany

    WOW! I think I would give 100 dollars to my church, give 100 dollars each to both of my parents, and save 200 bucks in my bank, then I would donate the rest to some charities. 😀

    June 3, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  19. Joanna

    If I had a thousand dollers I would save it in the bank and wait till I am in collage . Or give it all to chairity . d=)

    June 3, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  20. Emily

    I would donate a quarter to charity, transferr half into bank account, and buy books and toys and things that my parents need and want with the last quarter.

    June 3, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  21. Seonghyun

    I would first give ten percent to God. Then I'm going to make an account on Scottrade and start trading stocks. If I gain money off of that, I might hire one of those Kogi trucks.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  22. Class of Onekama (1,)

    Help our school with the constuction project we have going on at our school. please give us a shoutout! . What would you do Carl???? (OUR construction costs too much money!!!!)

    June 3, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  23. jon

    I would buy the stuff to build an under ground bunker

    June 3, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  24. Joeseph

    I'd pay someone to create a life-sized sculpture of Carl Azuz that plays recorded puns when you push its nose.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  25. Adam and Devin

    We would host the biggest party of Marinette and have a chocolate fountain.

    P.S. We love your jokes, they are to die for.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  26. kevin and adum

    We would by food for all the starving people.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  27. Dana

    What I would do with a 1,000 dollars...... half for shopping, half for buying my car. I would have a fun time with a thousand dollars and shopping. That would be sooo fun!!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  28. Allison

    What I would do with a thousand dollars is... I would go shopping and throw a really big PARTY... then maybe save some of it for when I get older for college


    June 3, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  29. courtney

    i would spend some on me and then i would give some to charity and some to my parents cause they have hepled me out so much through the year. i will also give some to the homeless and if i have any left over i would keep it for me

    June 3, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  30. Michaela

    if i had a thousand dollars i would throw a huge party. I would probably pay my friends bail after the huge party.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  31. Becca

    I wold get my permit and then buy a car. and whatever I would have left I would go to the mall with friends and then go shopping.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  32. Devon

    I would give some of the money to our local animal shelter and I would give some to my family and the rest I would save in a account for college.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  33. Devon

    Carl what would you do with $1,000

    June 3, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  34. Theresa

    I would save up for collage and my first car.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  35. Victoria

    If i had a thousand i would probable save some of it for colage and take a couple hundred and bye a car. Then if my mom or any of my family needed money they would get it. My family always comes first!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  36. Angie

    Hey Carl!

    We watch you every day. You and your show are awesome. If I got a thousand dollars, I'd get a laptop, or video editing software. Or go to Yellowstone Park with my family by car and stay in low-cost-yet-safe motels. Think that would cover gas and cheap motels.

    ENNyway, also wondering, when is the last show for this season?

    Thank you!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  37. jake

    One thing i would do with the money is to save it for a tractor trailer because my dad is a truck driver and I want to be just like him.
    The other thing i would do is go to college to be a welder

    June 3, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  38. Sam

    I would save it, either for a car or college. And I might donate some to charity.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  39. Courtney

    If I had $1000 dollars i save $900 for my family and I for rought time in this world and the other $100 dollars for me to spend on what I want and need.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  40. McKenzie

    If i had $1,000 i would use half to buy the dsi that i lost in the mall and save the other half for college

    June 3, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  41. Jason

    what i would do with a $1000 i would spend it on the new playstation that is coming out and spend the rest on a 60in flat screen tv

    June 3, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  42. Emerson

    If I had 1000 dollars I would save it to get into college!!

    June 3, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  43. Hanna

    if i were to receive a $1,000 i would want to probably buy alot of shoes and clothes. well maybe, because there are alot of people in need in my city so i might donate some of it to take care of little kids and families. another choice i would choose is to put it in my bank because that could go to my college fund. there are alot of things that i could do with it and i would have to think about it before i decided to spend it. its a tough choice for me.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  44. Mr. Black

    1. Marquel: clothes, shoes, nails
    2. Ariana: put half in the bank; Six Flags season pass and lots of JUNK food and souvenirs while there with Aaron
    3. Mariah: concert tickets
    4. Katrina: put it towards a car
    5. Alyse: gas
    6. Art: to save my dying grandma
    7. Justin: Yankees baseball tickets
    8. Christian: skateboards and clothes
    9. Anthony: towards a car
    10. Eric: surround system for bedroom
    11. Katie: a new brother
    12. Crystal: get a lawyer
    13. Amanda: give to my sister for H.S. graduation
    14. Becky: give half to boyfriend; half on clothes
    15. Annie: save some for an apartment with best friend; open a clothing store
    16. Carlos: an apartment
    17. Johnny: would like to buy seeds and plant all over the world like Johnny Appleseed but different; some for a wedding also
    18. Makea: buy Pomona
    19. Aaron: new cell phone, visit foreign lands
    20. Phil of the future: clothes and Dodgers season tickets
    21. Rigo: put it towards truck

    June 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  45. Mr. Mo

    My class wants to save up for a field trip to go and meet Carl.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  46. elizabeth

    I would use it to help my mother get out of the hospital because she has skin cancer.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  47. Ashley

    If someone handed me $1,000 dollars then I would probly save it up for college. I wouldn't spend it because the economy is really in a bad place right now. I don't have any money saved up for college yet though.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  48. parker

    I would buy some things for myself. I would also save some for my mom and dad. The rest I would just put it in the bank.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  49. Katie

    I personally would do many different things. First of all I would go spend $350 or so shopping at the mall, $100 I would give to my church, and the rest I would put in saving for when I get a car.

    P.S. Please put this on the show!

    June 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  50. Jenna

    I'd give some to my parents, so that they could use it smartly for bills and stuff. I'd give some to charity, and some I'd use for buying locally to help our local economy, and then I'd save some for myself and my sisters, so that we could get some of the things that we have wanted.

    June 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  51. Mr. K's World History Class

    We would take the money and use it for a new joke book for Carl. A big, new and improved joke book. Just kidding, Carl. Thanks for the great year of student news. We are looking forward to next year.

    June 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  52. jeff

    First off if someone just randomly handed me $1,000 dollars i would probably faint. then when i woke up i would go sraight to the bank and put half of it in there. That way i dont spend it all on stupid things. As for the other half i would buy a lot of closth and get something really nice for my girlfriend. I would also give my parents money because lately they have had to spend a lot of money on me.

    June 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  53. breanna

    i can save for some BIG!

    June 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  54. Diontre

    If I had a thousand dollars I would fly with my teacher Ms. Dudley to CNN News headquarters so she could meet Carl. She thinks he's soooooo hot!

    June 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  55. Sarah

    If I won 1,000 dollars right now, I would put it all away for my mother's retirement fund to open up a shelter that spays and neuters animals for free.

    June 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  56. Caroline

    I have 5 more years till I graduate highschool so I would lend it to my sister who just graduated to thank her for all of the favors she has done for me. She's on her way to UMD! Go Bulldogs!

    June 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  57. Lana

    i would give it to my sister so she could spend every penny of it:)

    June 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  58. Cody

    i wouldn't spend it on any girls no more. But i would send most of itto my college education. And the rest i would spend on personal stuff like pencils and paper for school. And if i had any left it would go to a hoe bo that would need it more than something stupid that i wouldn't need after a few minutes.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  59. Utau

    Put it in the bank of course! Then I'd save it up and use it for manga books!! (LOL!!) No I'd use it to help my family pay bills and stuff and for college! And OKAY, I'd use SOME of it for manga and a new laptop!!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  60. William

    to invest this USD1,000 into the stock market, with only one kind of the share and holding it till it doubles, maybe in next year. Good luck to everyone.

    June 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  61. Emma

    With a thousand dollars, I would through a HUGE party, And of course, invite Carl Azuz, with the rest of my class! It would be epic

    June 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  62. Aya

    Hey Carl, thanks for putting my social studies class on the show yesterday (mr.gapusan's). What i would do with a thousand dollars is give it to the guy i like (calvin) 😀

    June 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  63. Paige

    i would: spend some on collage, Flyers stuff (no surprise), family and friends!! Ps: Mr. Yannarelaa is the BEST!! GO BLUE!!!

    June 3, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  64. jacob

    i would save most of it for college when i get old the rest i would spend getting a hand clapper to mess with my friend Bryan sunburn

    June 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  65. Katie

    With a thousand dollars I'd probably save most of ti for collage and such. In this economy though it might go to paying for tuition and bills with my parents. But most of it would be saved in the end. I love your show and I'm so sad to see it leave for the summer. You guys rock!!

    June 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  66. carly

    i would give some to my church and then shop till i drop

    June 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  67. taylor

    if i had $1000 i would save it all for college

    June 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  68. olivia

    i would go spend a huge chunk of it at the mall!! and the rest savings
    charge it!!

    June 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  69. suwon

    i would spend 200 donation and 300 to my family, also 500 for me
    to buy a car and for collage.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  70. Wanewama-Agenasi

    500$ I'll deposit into a reliable stock in Japan or Korea. The rest I'll use to help my grandmother out of hospital. She had diabetes so she needed to get a surgery but after we have done it, the price is too high.
    We might get sued by the hospital. 500$ would be good to put them off a little while. And if the stock suceeds, I would pay all the rest. That is if I do happen to posses 1000$....

    Wanewama-Agenasi IS my first name. So please make it into the show...

    June 4, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  71. Clara

    I will give all my money for my long lost grandfather in DPRK.I know he is still alive but that he is going through a hard time.Even though it is not alot of money,I haeard that you can eat meal with 1dollar.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:56 am |
  72. jinoo

    i would give all for better military in korea>As a person who lives in south korea

    June 4, 2009 at 5:03 am |
  73. greenbean

    if i got that much money, i would spend most of it on my trip to NYC this summer... but i guess i should be a little generous and give some to charity. only cuz im a good person. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 7:20 am |
  74. greenbean

    i would rent you carl! for my whole class. tomorrow is our last day! and then u can tell us all ur cheesy jokes. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  75. Tiffany

    Carl! What would you do with a thousand bucks?

    June 4, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  76. CJ

    i would use it to move to Ireland cause my family has wanted to for like ever, and then i would give the rest to charity. What would you do Carl?

    June 4, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  77. Juan

    If I had all that money I would buy lots and lots of games, and then I would save the rest for colledge.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  78. lexi

    carl to have thousand dollars i would give half to charity and have to spend like on an ipod a dsi clothes and a phone even though i am going to get one soon it is a juke phone and i would buy stuff for my room and a digital camra that is what i would do with thousand dollars. and carl u rock

    June 4, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  79. Shawn

    i would buy a laptop and do my school work with it

    June 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  80. Samantha

    if I had a thousand dollars I would get my mom and dad nice things because I love them very much.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  81. Christina

    If I had a thousand dollars I would take my self and my friend on a vacation to Washington D.C.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  82. Drew

    If I had a thousand Dollars I would use on my driver's tanning and use the rest on something else.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  83. Ashley

    If I got a thousand dollars I would buy lots of food and toys and donate half to needy children and the other half to orphans

    June 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  84. Julia

    If I had a thousand dollers I would give most of it to the poor. I would keep $ 400.00 with the $ 400.000 I would buy a netbook, Ipod, and save some money and whatever is left give it to the poor!!:) We do not need DSI, IPod, Netbooks, cell phones, fancy cars, fancy houses, toys, decorations for our rooms, expencive clothes you can go to the Selvation army and use hand me downs.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  85. Austin

    If I had $1,000, I wold give half to charity and use the other half for college. What would you do with $1,000 Carl?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  86. Michaela (mikayla)

    If I was handed a thousand dollars I would use part of it to buy new art supplies and save the rest for college.(and possibly buy Mr.Buckner a wide screen T.V. XD)

    June 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  87. Brandon

    If I had a thousand dollars I would probley buy three boas,four lizards, two chinchillas,and give some to cnn student news for the whole studio.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  88. Kimmie

    I would save some some of the money for college and donate some of the money to an animal shelter so I can feel that Ispent the money wisely or for at least a cause

    June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  89. karen

    i would use the money to meet the most bestest, fantabulous, bursting at the seems with awesomness, person ever... CARL AZUZ...

    June 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  90. jacob

    hey Carl i would spend the money on college, family, and a handclaper to mess with my friend Bryan sunburn its really bad so it will hurt.

    June 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  91. Nora

    I would give half the money to Riley hospital to search for a cure for cancer. The other half I would save 250 of the rest for college. The other 250 i would spend on redecorating my room.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  92. Kimberly

    If I had a thousand dollars I would probaly blow it all on stuff I'll never end up using. Thats why no one should ever give me that much money, but hey I'm just keeping it real.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  93. dante

    a thousand's not enough, now a ,million, i know what id do with that....

    June 5, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  94. J.R.

    i wuold buy ten boards at zumiez

    June 5, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  95. America

    I would accually donate it all to my school.

    June 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  96. Anna

    I would save for college

    June 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  97. Lizzeh

    Well I would spend it. Thats what most people would do right? Well my parents would probably want most of it..sadly. I would give some to a chairty that finds a cure to diabetes. Did I spell that right? Probably didn't. OH! Then I would buy TONS of chapstick and have a collection. I might have a world record 🙂

    June 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  98. Kirio

    I would buy ipod touch to watch Student News everywhere.

    June 7, 2009 at 2:16 am |
  99. samar

    I would start a Self Help Group for women (Only) in the Middle east.
    the 1000$ will be put as a capital for the SHG, as a start it is going to be accurately studied in terms of location, demographics, type of society, and women's root problems : training, education, health, and maybe infrastructures.
    long term project will be to enlarge it and make it an NGO, with the help of media sponsors ( interested in their social work image) and the support of the local population I will be able to expand divisions throught all the Middle East.

    June 7, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  100. mary

    this is totally what i would do if i had a thousand dollors.....I would use it to pay for a expencive camp i want to go to..1,000 dollor camp.or just use it to get a 4 wheeler or a DS.or a labtop computer. or a ipod or a cellphone..............gosh im greedy!!ppsss im so sad because no more cnn student news for t he rest of the year:[

    June 8, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  101. Bryquan

    I would save it up for collge and buy a car.In these tough times its hard to get money like that.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  102. mclovin

    Michael Vick should be allowed to come back to the NFL because he served his time in jail he should be playing next season.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  103. mary

    If i had $1000 i would buy myself a lot of things. And if i had money left over i would give it to my mommy. That is what i would do with $1000.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  104. alex& elvia

    elvia: if i had $1000 i would it save for college fund or i would help out my mom like paying her bill when she does not have enough money 🙂 or i would give some money to orphans & homeless people:)

    alex: if i had a $ 1000 i would use $500 dollars on homeless people and give them each $20. then i would help my mom,if she doesn't need help i am going to spend the rest on clothes and accessories.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  105. Aliyah

    what i would do with a thousand dollars is that i would give it to my mom because i love her very much and she probably needs it to pay the bills

    June 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
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    June 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  107. Alyssa

    My grandma is sick because of a stroke so I would spend part of the thousand dollars to her. And I would spend it for charity. If the money iis still left, I will save it for my future!

    June 10, 2009 at 12:34 am |
  108. Jade

    If I had thousand dollars, I'll use money to buy many things.

    June 11, 2009 at 3:25 am |
  109. Maria

    If i had a $1000 i would save it for collge and maybe going to coach and get pair of new shoes and a purse or give it too my parnets for what they buy me .

    June 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  110. christine

    i would save it all up for college

    June 12, 2009 at 3:56 am |
  111. Andrew

    Put it in a savings account with a ridiculously high interest rate, then after fifty years, blow it all on stuff I want but really don't need.

    June 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  112. Jason

    I would give a tenth to my church, spend $500 on whatever I wanted and put the rest in a high interest account

    June 14, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  113. kate

    if i had one thousand dollars i would help my parents with bills and buy horse

    June 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  114. Shelby

    1 is to give food and colthes to the homeless
    2 is to go play volleyball
    3 is to bulid houses for people who need them the most
    4 Is to save it for collage
    5 is to go to a jonas brothers concert 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    June 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Adrian

    i would do a lot of things if i hav 1000 dollars

    June 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  116. Dave

    Well I would think of charity and then my self, and college.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:04 am |
  117. ana

    I would probably give the money to people who don't have food, shelter and water. It would probably be the best thing to do.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  118. Erin

    If I had 1,000 dollars I get what I need and send the rest 2 charity

    July 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  119. Hanju

    I would give it to the south korean millitary or buy some psp games.

    July 22, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  120. Maverick

    I would pay Brett Favre to retire 🙂

    August 19, 2009 at 11:10 am |