Five Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

 

1 Pay down debt. Start with debts that carry the highest interest rates first, then move down the line. This is like savings on savings as you are freeing up future cash needed to pay the interest on this debt.Ideas: Pay off credit card debt. Lower your student loan debt. Make a principal payment on a mortgage.
1 Add to savings. Save some of your refund for later use.Ideas: Add to your emergency fund to have enough to cover at least six months of your every-day expenses. Add to a college savings account or a tax-advantaged retirement account.
 1 Invest in yourself. Spend some money improving yourself or your well-being. Investing in yourself can have long-term benefits.Ideas: Take a class to develop a hobby into a career. Consider a fitness membership. Take up meditation. Become accredited in your chosen profession.
1 Spend for permanence. Instead of spending your refund on day-to-day expenses, use some of it for capital purchases. Capital purchases are for items that last longer than one year.Ideas: Replace a worn out couch. Purchase a replacement bicycle. Upgrade an outdated light fixture. Consider a minor home improvement.
1 Have some fun. Finally, consider using part of your refund for a well-deserved break. When balanced with using a portion of your refund to improve your financial condition, you can feel better about a little splurging in your life.Ideas: Shop last minute flight deals for a weekend getaway. Take a road trip to a favorite destination.