Many parents feel that this is a very personal situation, but it will definitely pay to take the time and think about what you are going to do with your tax refund. Some people see it as a forced savings, but unfortunately they end up spending most if not all of it the same day that they got it. The smartest choice would of course be to pay off all your debt before you even think of buying anything else. But there is a large majority of people that will go out and and just blow it. Just take a minute to think about it.
If you pay of your debt you will have more money to spend on a monthly basis and a lot less stress. You will also be able to save a lot of money on a monthly basis and you will be able to buy those other items at a later time. Some choose to take their tax refunds and use it for their yearly vacation. But the only bad thing about that is when you come back from this wonderful vacation your debt is still there just waiting to stress you out for yet another year. Another good reason to pay off your debt is that the next tax year you will be able to spend that tax check on whatever and not have any debt to worry about. That is if you do not acquire any additional debt after you pay it off for the current year. But what about those that are not currently in debt?
Parents need to take into consideration their children. Unfortunately a lot of parents have failed to do this and now that their children are adults that find themselves struggling just to make ends meet. If you have no debt and take your yearly tax return and invest it wisely, you can guarantee that your children will not have to struggle for money. Isn’t that the responsibility of most parents to make sure that their children have better then them. Or you could think about investing half for your children and maybe spending the other half on something for the house or for yourself. You could also choose to divide it up evenly so that your family can enjoy doing a little bit of everything.
For example if you have no debt you could invest a little for your kids, put some towards your vacation, house repairs or anything else you may choose to put some money towards. Of course how much you can do with your money will greatly depend on how much money you will be getting back. Also make sure that you do not spend your money before you even have it. Some people feel that they can charge the max on their credit cards and just pay it back when they get their tax returns, but unfortunately this is usually not the case. You will either forget that you run the bill up so high once you get the money, or just decide to use the money for something else. The bottom line is that you and your husband need to sit down and discuss what you are going to do with the refund before you spend any of it. This way it will be agreed upon by both and one person wont be left feeling unhappy.