Here are 25 ideas for a large income tax refund. I’ve broken it out into different sections to make it easier for you to find something of interest. Here goes:
- Pay off your credit card debt â ” If you are carrying credit card debt then a large tax refund can be your opportunity to put a dent or eliminate your credit card debt. Pay it off and you save by not paying as much interest charges!
- Pre-pay your mortgage â ” You can take that refund and pre-pay your home mortgage. This will also save some interest payments over time.
- Pay off your student loans â ” If you have private student loans, now is a great opportunity to pay some off. Even if they aren’t private loans you can still make some extra payments to help get rid of your loans earlier!
- Pay off your car loan - Pay off all or at least some of your outstanding car loan. Make sure the payment goes toward the principal.
- Contribute to an IRA â ” Get money into your IRA now so you aren’t waiting until the last minute next tax season.
- Contribute to a 529 plan â ” Not only are you investing in your children’s college future but many states offer plans with tax advantages.
- Put it into a high-yield savings account â ” Sock it away and earn better interest than you would n a brick and mortar bank.
- Purchase CD’s â ” Set up a CD ladder for continued returns.
- Start a small business â ” It doesn’t take a lot of money to start up a small side business. You could even try your hand at creating a website!
- Build of your emergency savings - If you don’t already have 8-12 months of emergency savings away then now would be a good time to start!
- Invest in stocks â ” Take a small amount that won’t hurt you if you lose it and learn to invest in stocks. You can open up an inexpensive online brokerage account like Sharebuilder.
- College Course â ” Register for a college course or technical course. This could be for your own interest or as a way to help advance your career.
- Travel/Vacation â ” Take the money and run! Ok, maybe not like that but it could be a nice chance to plan out a great vacation with the family!
- Fix up your home â ” Paint, renovate, upgrade appliances, get new furniture â ” make your home a nicer place to live in.
- Set up a fun money account â ” Take the refund and put it into a sub account in ING (or similarly good savings account). Label it fun money. Throughout the year take money out to do things like go to the zoo, amusement park, museum, movies, etcâ