Top 10 Ways to Spend Your Tax Return
Right now, many taxpayers across the country are getting what amounts to an extra payday—the almighty tax refund. If it turns out you overpaid taxes last year, the IRS will put your money back in your pocket. While you are waiting for that Uncle Sam deposit to hit your account, here are some practical ways to put that newly discovered cash to use.
Shameless plug alert! But seriously, using your refund to open a personal savings account is a great way to grow your money, don’t you think?
2. Contribute to a Retirement Fund
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We know retirement feels far away, but it may be best to make it a financial priority now. Hold on to your refund and explore some IRA options, just in case Social Security doesn’t quite cut it.
3. Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt
Use your refund to pay down a big chunk of your credit card balance. You might save on interest in the long run—and you’ll breathe a little easier, too.
4. Start a College Fund
Although we’re sure your kid is going to be the next athletic phenom (which means you’ll never pay a dime for college), it’s safe to hedge your bets. Put your refund toward a new, “just-in-case” college fund.
5. Upgrade an Appliance
Did you know LG makes a fridge that texts you when you’re low on milk? Modern appliances have risen to a whole new level, and if you’re still popping ice cubes out of a tray, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
6. Make an Investment
We won’t give you any suggestions as to where you might invest, but using your refund to further diversify your holdings may be the best financial decision you make right now.
7. Start an Emergency Fund
Experts recommend tucking away three to nine months of living expenses in case of a financial emergency. If you aren’t quite there yet, your refund could get you on the right track.
8. Start Thinking About a House
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Maybe you’re thinking big with this year’s refund. It may not be enough to cover a down payment on your dream home, but this influx of cash could push you a little closer toward your goal of becoming a homeowner.
9. Roll Up Your Sleeves and Start a Business
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Invest in yourself. Roll up your sleeves and see if you can make your dream of owning a business a reality.
10. Treat Yo Self
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Go ahead and pick up that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. We don’t recommend spending your return all in one place, but you’ve worked hard all year for this. You deserve it.