If you get a sizable tax return, what do you do with the money? We usually get around $5 or $6K. Right now we're saving for a larger house and making repairs to our current home. And once we get a larger house, I'm sure we'll still need that money for repairs, general upkeep, etc.
Maybe someday we'll be able to use it for a vacation, though...
Usually feed it to the mortgage. My very first tax return I used to buy some nice furniture as I was living on my own for the first time.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
OK - I feel better that I'm not the only one who needs/wants to use the money for repairs, etc. Maybe I'll start putting away 25% of it every year to save for a vacation. We aren't big vacation-takers (we always go camping) but I do have family on the other side of the country, and it would be nice to visit them every few years.
We usually get more like $1000-$2000, but we've always used it to pay bills/pay off credit cards. We've finally paid off all of our credit cards and my student loan will be gone by next spring too. I have no idea what we'll do with the money. RRSPs or RESPs probably.
This year, it will all go in savings. We've had a rough year, and we're just now working on rebuilding our emergency fund. I'm also going to be off on an unpaid maternity leave, so money in the bank will be the best use for any spare change we have. In the past we've saved it, used it for repairs, and paid for part of a vehicle.
Married to my loving hubby, proud mama to Ethan (9/09) and Rowyn (7/12) and aspiring homesteader
Missing my twins, Owen and Sophia, born too soon, July 2011
Usually what I do is pay off my emergency credit card(my only credit card),Pay my car and home insurances for the year,I still owe back taxes for my former home so I will continue to pay them off,I try to pay my basic cable for the year so I can keep it for L.I make sure my car is manenced for the year so it has minimal(hopefully) trouble during the year when I have no $$ ...Usually I will try to stock my for home several months worth of stuff like shampoo,soap,canned goods ect...Because by June/July I am broke.
I will still do a few of those things this year but this year most of the $$ will be for making the move back home...I am tierd of struggeling so much and this move will help with that so much..So that is what I am planning on doing with mine this year...
In previous years we've gone on vacation (disney world). This year it will go into savings. I'm not working right now for the first time so we need to fluff up our savings.
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Some of ours usually goes towards car registration and insurance and pays off any accumulated bills. This last year we saved it in order to sink it into the house we'd buy, so now it's feeding our kitchen's superficial facelift, paint and now fallen tree limbs thanks to the last storm we got. This next one will pay off the fridge we put on financing and flooring for the main floor. Hopefully we'll have a little to take some small vacation time, this last summer was a mess between new house and me in school. Although I really want to put it back in an emergency fund.....maybe 25% this year.
Half will go to save for boring house-related obligations and half will be used to put in our travel fund (we go to Vietnamese culture camp every year in New York, so we will pay that off, plus put some towards our trip to Asia for 2013.)
We usually usually piss ours away on stupid things. We did pay for DD's homebirth one year and last year we used a good chunk as a down payment on my car. We pay off CC bills that we've racked up during the year. This year, though, we have a few small Jeep repairs we've been putting off, and the rest is going in savings for when DH has to do his student teaching next year. We're hoping we don't ahve to use it for that, though and it will be the small beginning of downpayment on a house. we'll see
Last year we used our tax refund to pay off our credit cards which we let get too high. This year, we'll be putting the money into savings! We're going to be buying a house and (hopefully) getting pregnant so it'll be nice to have some extra money in savings
SAHM married with 2 boys (Feb 2010 & Oct 2012)
I get about $8000 (mostly credits so reducing what I pay in is not an option) and usually take about $1000 to buy things we need and have a little fun and then the rest goes towards the debt. This year I need to redo my kitchen and that will take about $2000. I will use a little for pascha and the rest will go towards debt.
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We will be paying school loans with it. Last year we had to live on it and I was so bummed not to be able to put it toward debt.
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We throw it into our checking account, which doubles as a savings account for us (great interest rate, yay!). Usually stays there until our insane property taxes come due, and gets used for that. Or for car repairs.
Savings then to bills... I can usually make it last until june/july
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Seeking zen in 2014. Working on journaling and finding peace this year. Spending my free time taking J to swimteam
ours usually goes to paying off all the stuff we had to rack up during the year cause we didn't have money for it at the time, sigh. most every spring we start off with no CC debt, and by winter it's up there again someday this cycle will break...!
Freethinking Earth-mama of five.
you know you can adjust your withholdings so you have more to spend throughout the year and get smaller (or ideally no) return, right?
I has usually gone to CC and/or house repairs. The CC are gone now. Yay!! This next year we will be buying a late model, full-size van. The following year will probably go to replacing the roof.
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I hope to trade in my big, old, clunky, dying, gas-guzzling mini-van and downsize to a safe, reliable, economical car, maybe even hybrid.
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