Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #14

13 things I'd love to do with my tax return

This year, as in every year past, my husband and I will be spending our tax return on paying back debts, fixing the cars, and if anything is left after that, well, we honestly won't know what to do with ourselves! Here are 13 things I would love to spend my tax return on, if I could spend it on anything.

By the way, this is the last edition of Thursday Thirteen! The meme is in it's final week. So sad to see it go!

1. A vacation. It has been SO LONG since we have had a family vacation. A friend of mine just got back from Disney World, and I'm a bit envious! I'd love to take the kids there someday.

2. A weekend away without the kids. Just DH and me. My brain can't even imagine a few days without children! Sleeping through the night? Haven't done that in a year and a half.

3. A scrapbook weekend away. Can you tell I need a break? Seriously, there are so many pretty and cute B&B's around here that cater to scrapbookers. In my dream world, it would be so much fun to get some friends together for an entire weekend of uninterupted scrapbooking!

4. Go shopping! I NEVER get to do this anymore. I am in dire need of a new wordrobe. I would be in bliss if I had even a couple hundred dollars to spend on new things for ME.

5. Join the workout center across the street from me. It's very inexpensive, so I might be able to finagle a 6 month membership out of this tax return. And how much more convenient can it be? Seriously. I could walk there. And I REALLY need a physical outlet for my mommy frustrations that happen daily.

6. Go shopping for my family! Yes, DH and the girls need some new clothes too. Actually, DH needs it more that the girls. But it would be fun for me to pick out a new Sunday outfit for each of them.

7. Buy a Cricut machine. This is the ultimate must-have for every scrapbooker this year. Costing around $300, it's still a dream, not a reality for me. But this machine is a die-cut machine that can cut up to 5.5 inch letters and shapes. Flings the door wide open for new lettering possibilities!

8. Take a trip down to Georgia. We haven't been to see Todd's family in over 3 years, and we are way past due for the trip.

9. Spend an evening at one of those places that lets you cook 6 dinners in one evening. They have the recipes and food all ready for preperation. All you do is go make the dinners and they are ready to bring home and either eat or freeze. It's a little pricey, but it would be nice to eat some new and different things once in a while.

10. Buy a new pair of New Balance walking shoes.

11. Buy a new couch. We've had a futon for a few years. It's been nice, but I'm ready for something a little more plush.

12. Buy a Big Screen HDTV. We've actually looked at these during some mystery shopping that I've done and we could afford to buy one with our tax return. That is, if we were debt-free. That day will come!

13. Get cable or dish on our tv. We are living on bunny ears alone, my friends. Most of the time I'm ok with this, but I do get tired of Kids PBS and Sundays when my only choices are sports, sports, more sports, and infomercials. Give me the Food Network and Discovery Health and I'll be happy!

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Ally Bean said...

I like your list. They all sound like good ideas to me. Deciding will be difficult.

Robin said...

I was fantasizing about my tax return too, but since my sister-in-law just announced that she's probably getting married in South Carolina in August, it looks like any money I get is going straight to four obscenely expensive transatlantic airline tickets...

Happy final TT, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Christy said...

Hey! I just found your blog through Amy's Humble Musings and I love it. It is really nice to find someone else who is coming from my point of view :)
I love this post because it sounds just like us-our tax return is going to pay off some of our credit card debt. Whoohoo!!

Chickadee said...

I love shopping for new clothes, espeically when I haven't bought any in a looong time. I hope you're going to get yourself a little something special too!

My 13 is up.

Raggedy said...

I hope you get do all of them! I hope you get to do at least some of them. Cool list. All our Income tax money was just enough to cover the property tax. :( Here then gone story of my life.
Thursday Thirteen has come to an end.
I have enjoyed my visits here and consider us friends.
Thank you for sharing your thirteens with me.
The comments you left me filled me with glee.
It is hard to believe it is really true.
I am trying very hard to not be blue.
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Lisa said...

I'm in the same boat- paying for car repairs and medical bills with mine. Fun.

Barb said...

Hello Melissa,

Shame on me for taking a week to get over here and thank you for visiting me. Honestly, if you see the week I lost, can you return it to me? LOL

I fantasize about how to spend the tax return, too, but it's only a dream. It always go toward bills. It's usually something really fun like auto insurance. Sigh.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you'll come back soon.

marlise said...

I can totally relate. I always have big dreams for my tax return, but so far, I haven't been able to use it on my wishlist. The bills always gobble it up first.