For the first time in my income earning life, I plan on spending my tax refund on something fun. Every time I did get a tax refund I would just put it away in savings or pay down debt. That’s pretty boring, especially since I’m already a saving fiend, spending only 30% of my gross income and banking the rest.
My federal tax refund isn’t large at around $500 bucks. I’m happy with this amount as it’s a good balance between not giving the government more than they should get and being large enough that I can do something fun with it. My California tax refund is much larger because California is broke and screwed us in 2010 by withholding more than they should have to pay their debts.
Despite California taking more than they should, I’m still happy to get my money back. Just a year ago, California issued IOUs! We learned from a previous article that the average tax refund is $3,000. I also highlighted some practical things to do with your tax refund such as get more education and invest in a business. Unfortunately, I’m sick of being financially savvy at the moment and there’s no way I’m going to pursue my PhD!
WHAT I’LL BLOW MY TAX REFUND ON
I think I have a savings problem and don’t spend enough on life. I plan to write more about this savings problem in a future post. But in the mean time, I’ve decided to use any windfalls to live it up! I’ve decided to take a week off and go to Hawaii with someone special next month!
* $1,300: Two economy round-trip tickets to Kauai.
* $1,500: Five nights at some resort (off peak). Staying with friends for the other couple nights.
* $700: Food for two for seven days and six nights.
* $800: Adventures such as taking a catamaran around the island, helicopter tours, para-sailing, and hiking tours.
* $700: Cash for whatever the heck that comes up.
That’s $4,300 of my tax refund right there that I’m not going to use to do anything financially savvy. Shoot, I guess $5,000 is a lot to splurge on after adding everything up, but darn it, I’m trying not to care and forcing myself to spend! I plan on fulfilling one of my resolutions to take 6 weeks off again in 2011 and this Hawaii trip will get me one third of the way there.
MONEY IS JUST A MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE
There are endless opportunities to make more money. The problem with me, and many of my friends is that we get so wrapped up with what we are doing at work and the side-gigs we have that we forget to live it up a little. The irony is that the better we do, the more is asked of us and the more we have to do!
Taking 6 weeks off in 2010 was one of the best decisions of my life. I felt rejuvenated, relaxed, and full of vigor. The freedom to chase storms and paradise upped my joy of work one more notch. It made me realize again the reason why vacations are so fun is because of work and vice versa. Here’s to splurging!
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