What to do with your tax refund

Buy a Porsche– Reckless. Impulsive. Rash. Say what you will splurging on something for yourself is a must every now and again. While the item need not do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, treating yourself is a healthy way to stay sane in a stressful world. You may catch a little flack for entering your ‘midlife crisis’, but who cares? You worked hard all year so why not enjoy a little reprieve from the norm. On another note, buy something for someone else. Spouses, Parents, neighbors, etc…, each positively impact on our lives and sometimes it feels great to give some recognition to those who deserve it.

Go to a Concert– The Quad Cities attracts all kinds of music acts throughout the year. With larger venues like the I-wireless center and Mississippi Valley Fair Grounds some of the nation’s biggest music groups make the QC a destination while touring. The area also holds many smaller venues that attract many up and coming artists to the area. Daytrotter, located in downtown Davenport, brings all kinds of musical talent to the city and their quaint facility provides a very close proximity to the live acts. If you are looking for something off the beaten path try Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa. As the name suggests, shows are enjoyed in the country. The hollow features a restored barn for concerts and an old farm house that is used as an art gallery during every show.  All of these places and many more in the area feature many ticket options and packages that are both affordable and provide great entertainment for a variety of music lovers.

Take a trip– This may drain your check, but sometimes a getaway is just what the doctor ordered. I know the weather is finally turning and the outdoors are once again enjoyable so it may seem like an odd time to leave, but who cares. You earned it! Take your refund and buy a ticket to somewhere, or just fill up your car and drive. I advise camping, but sometimes a weekend (or longer) in one of the regions larger cities can be a great way to break up the year and reward yourself for making it through yet another Midwestern winter.

Pay some bills– There are no style points awarded here, but this option is as practical as they come. Everybody has bills, and everybody feels the pressure to pay them at some point. This may not be the most glamorous option, but a payment today may relieve some financial stress later on in the year.

Shop Local– Take a stroll down Main Street of any local community and you are bound to find small shops with all kinds of crafts, merchandise and knick-knacks for sale. These small shops thrive on local shoppers stopping in to chit-chat and purchase items that were probably made in their own backyard. There are all kinds of things to do with your refund, but shopping local is a great way to support your neighbors and boost your local economy.

Donate it– There are individuals in the community that do not have the luxury of spending their refund on anything but the necessities. However some of us are, and I encourage all of us to give what we can to those who need it. The area features all kinds of national chapters dedicated to serving the less fortunate and they should be used to help those who need it. Also, there are plenty of opportunities to sponsor events in the QCA that help the needy that will gladly put your refund to work in the community.

Author: Thomas Walker

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