Who knew having a kid and being out of work for three months could be so profitable? My husband called me with our final tax return information today, and the news was good. Generally, I subscribe to the philosophy that it is better for me to have my money up front, since I can put it to use making more money for me in an IRA or other investment account. However, it is always welcome news to find out that you are getting a nice sum of money all in one lump, to do with it what you please.
In no particular order, here are the thrilling things that we came up with as possible ways to spend the money:
- Replacement windows for the house (bonus: there would be a tax credit for this next year!)
- Installing central air
- Getting new bedroom furniture and a new mattress
- A new refrigerator
- Putting it toward the principle on our mortgage
- Long-term savings
Are we eldest children, or what? After a few more minutes of thought, we came up with:
- A hot tub
- A vacation
- Sweet rims for my husband’s Camry
- A Wii
- A new television
- An even larger television than that
It’s amazing how fast unexpected money can go from “windfall” to “not enough money to do everything.” I’m not sure what we’ll go with in the end – probably a little from Column A, a little from Column B – but thinking about the possibilities was a great way to spend the afternoon.
So, Fabulous Thing #69: Good news from the government, for once.