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Early Friday morning, I am looking at my bank account online while still at work and wondering, “just how am I going to stretch my money through the weekend through next Thursday.”  It’s just a common thing that we are all wondering about when we live so closely to the paycheck to paycheck experience, which is becoming more and more a commonality as more are being affected daily by the economic times.  

This time was different, I opened the site to see much more money than I had anticipated.  Too good to be true?  Am I dreaming?  I closed and reopened the bank site to see if it was still there, as if to say “pinch me to let me know it is real“.  It was.  The tax return I filed just prior the deadline was fulfilled on Friday.  Much earlier than anticipated, but very much appreciated.

I knew that there were some things that I definitely needed to do with that money, which inlcuded:

1.  Buy some flower plants (for visual inspirations on my patio) and veggie plants (for future sustaining food).  I got several tomato plants, as well as some bell peppers (green and yellow), hot peppers (jalapeno and cayenne), parsley and greek oregano herbs, as well as a citronella plant to ward off the mosquitos while we enjoy sitting out on the patio this Spring/Summer.  

2.  Replace a mattress that I had originally bought used for my daughter when she was 6 that I now used (she will be 22 this year).  

3.  Provide my daughter $300 for help towards my granddaughter’s day care.

After all that, I still have about $200, which I will probably put towards some medical bills, but hopefully buy me one another pair of shoes that I have been wearing for more than 2 years.

All in all, the Tax Man has been a huge blessing this weekend.  Too bad that doesn’t happen more than once a year.  Wishing that the economic times allowed me to put the money away into savings versus spending it, but I’m certainly happy that it arrived this weekend.



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • Look at it this way..... you are investing in your future by getting a new mattress (better sleep at night), veggie plants (you said it, food), shoes ( to get you places), and childcare (peace of mind).

      Good for you! I am glad it was a pleasant surprise for you and eased your concerns for a little bit.

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      Jillmertens wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • In this day and age it is so nice to have a positive money surprise!  estatic

      I have always been told that, financially, it make the most sense to pay as little taxes as possible during the year.  The theory is that you can take the extra income and invest it rather than letting it sit with the taxman.  I don’t have the discipline to watch my money that closely and have never gotten over the “Christmas morning” feeling when I get a tax return!

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