Practical Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

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The stress of tax season has finally ended. A majority of Americans will be receiving a refund, and for many of us, it’s a rare occasion to have extra money. You may be tempted to buy something fancy, but you can feel even better if you spend your refund on something practical. Here are some ideas:

Pay Off Debt
You may have learned to live with debt, but now is the time to start getting rid of it. Paying off debt is one of the smartest ways to spend your money. Focus on your debts with the highest interest, such as credit cards, since these will cost you the most in the long run.

Open a Retirement Account
Retirement may be too far away to picture, but it will be here someday, and you’ll want all the help you can get. If you have a retirement fund through work, think about adding your refund. If you don’t have one through work, consider opening one on your own. It can be confusing, but most news sites have tutorials to get you started.

Start a College Fund
With the constant rise of college tuition, it’s never too early to start investing in your child’s future. Kiplinger has a great FAQ to get you started.

Continue Your Education
You could also further your own education, which will increase your earning potential. Look for job-training centers and community colleges in your area, and see if they offer any courses that interest you. You may even be inspired to go back to school permanently.

Start an Emergency Fund
When you’re low-income, it can feel like a luxury to have money saved away. But you’ll be happy you have it if your car breaks down, if you lose your job, or if you have another big, unexpected expense. Most experts recommend having enough money to cover three to six months of costs, and your tax refund can get you started toward that goal.

Home Repairs
If you own your home, this is a great chance to fix it up and increase its value. Your tax refund probably won’t be enough to cover major home repairs, such as your roof, but you should be able to finance smaller jobs.

Your tax refund can be a huge help in paying your rent and bills for the coming months. A single mom in South Carolina even used hers to pay her rent for the entire year.

Something You Need
Maybe your kids need new clothes or school supplies, or your car needs to be repaired. Your family will always have needs, and your refund can go a long way toward improving your lives.

How do you plan to spend your tax refund? Let us know in the comments below.


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