5 ways to spend your refund check
by Barb Hopkins
The American tax refund check often is seen as a “bonus” check, extra money that can be spent on something fun or needed. Generally, your federal tax return check will be larger than your state tax refund check, if you even get one. A smaller refund check may be ideal for a night out with a special someone, while a larger one can be used multiple ways. Here are some great ideas.
Tax refund checks usually arrive in early spring, just as the weather begins to warm up. If you’ve been dreaming of creating or updating your home’s outdoor patio, deck or backyard area, now is a great time. Depending on the size of your refund check, you may be able shop for patio furniture, lighting and a new grill. Kmart.com has affordable patio sets ranging from casual seating to dining and bistro sets. The Hinton 6-piece set has four stationary chairs and two swivel chairs, while the Jaclyn Smith Addison set features five overstuffed chairs.
Host a graduation party
If you have a student graduating from high school or college this year, consider using that refund check to cover the expenses for a fantastic celebration. Many of us simply don’t have the space to accommodate large groups for parties such as graduations. With a decent sized tax return, you can rent a space, have the event catered and create a party your graduate will never forget.
Local community halls are great places for graduation parties, but consider unique locations such as the zoo. Zoos often have event areas, many of them a combination of indoor and outdoor space so if the weather is bad, you’re still covered.
This one isn’t sexy, but if you’ve been struggling to get your older mower started in recent years, why not consider investing some of your tax refund money in a new mower from Kmart? Kmart offers a large selection of push or walk-behind mowers from manufacturers such as Craftsman, Weedeater and Poulan. Opt for a self-propelled mower with a large enough deck to help you cut down on your lawn mowing time.
Donate to a local animal shelter
Many local animal shelters depend on the generous donations of people in their community. Shelters help find homes for animals but also provide a safe haven, as well as medical care and love, for abandoned and lost animals. Consider donating a portion of your refund check to your local animal shelter and spend a few hours one weekend volunteering at the facility. Throw a backyard barbecue for your family and friends, and ask each to bring a can of pet food to donate to the shelter as well.
Upgrade your home entertainment center
If your budget didn’t allow for a new television for the Super Bowl or a Blu-ray player upgrade at Christmas, your refund check may be just the ticket to get that entertainment upgrade now. Visit Kmart.com to browse the selection of flat-panel televisions from RCA and LG, as well as smart TVs and even 3-D capable television sets.