A $3,000 Tax Refund: Going, Going, Gone ...

Heather Chaet

tax refundHave you signed, sealed, and delivered your taxes to the mighty IRS? It is April 15, people -- Tax Deadline! Okay, yes, this year, we actually have a few more days to file our forms. Emancipation Day, which is usually celebrated on April 16, is being celebrated today, so we get until April 18 to pop our taxes in the mail (good news for procrastinators everywhere). No matter the day, we all turn in our taxes with fingers crossed we will get a big, fat tax refund.

The average tax refund is about $3,000, give or take a few hundred smackeroos. That's nothing to shake a stick at, as Grams would say. Perfect to add to your rainy day fund or to start saving for Kiddo's college. Alas, my husband and I aren't getting that this year, according to our accountant, but a girl can dream, right? So I thought of 5 ways I would spend your $3,000 from Uncle Sam.

Celebrate the Royal Wedding -- I'll grab a few copies of the graphic novel Kate & William -- A Very Public Love Story. At $9.99 a pop, I can buy one for myself and 299 friends.

Grab the Perfect Tote -- I'm in need of a new tote. Still with the soon-to-be princess on the brain, I'll snatch this Burberry one (Kate loves her Burberry trench, donchaknow). Since it is only $1,595, I'll get another as a back-up just in case. 

Treat the Kids to a Movie -- I'm hankering to go see the new animated flick Rio. So are all of the kids in my daughter's preschool. I'll take all 200 of them to the show, with some moola left over for popcorn!

Nab a Special Birthday Present -- Kiddo's birthday is right around the corner. She loves Hello Kitty. What could be better than a diamond Hello Kitty pendant for only $1,250? Why, a diamond Hello Kitty pendant and a matching diamond Hello Kitty ring! 

Do Something Good -- Project Night Night provides a bag with a bedtime book, a stuffed animal, and a snuggle blanket for kids in homeless shelters across the U.S. For only $20 apiece, that tax refund can give much needed comfort to 150 kids.

What will you do with your tax refund?

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