Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Return for Travel Nurses on the Road!
Yahoo! It’s Pay Day from Uncle Sam!
If you’re lucky to not have your tax return spoken for before it arrives, here are some ideas for what to do with your extra spending money.
Your bucket list, retirement fund, and college roommate who just had her first baby might all be calling for you. But consider what’s most important to you before committing your tax return (and time).
Save it for a rainy day
Your retirement plan or child’s college fund rank as the more conservative options to “spend” your tax return. Indeed this type of spending happens later down the road, so you might consider putting some of the money aside pretending you never saw it hit your bank account and use the rest to have a little fun.
Signup for something new
Maybe you have this inkling you’d be this phenom of a rock climber, or perhaps you just want to give it whirl. Always wanted to learn to play the guitar, or know what all those fancy settings on your camera can do? Trying something new can be daunting, but don’t let fear stand in the way of your next great cocktail party story. There’s a ton of fun out there just waiting for you to sign up.
Psychologist Rich Walker, who looked at countless event memories said, “People who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who have fewer experiences.”
Travel near or far
Travel has a way of opening eyes, minds and hearts in unimaginable ways. Let your wanderlust take the wheel and pick a spot you’ve always wanted to see but couldn’t find the right time to get there. Now can be just that time.
And if you’ve been gone long enough that home feels like a fabulous remote destination, then maybe head that way. There will undoubtedly be plenty of friendly faces to greet your arrival.
The helper’s high
Paying it forward can pay dividends in both the short and long term. A mission trip to Haiti, fundraiser benefiting childhood cancer – the list of worthy causes and organizations with real needs is endless.
Added bonus is you’ll find yourself on the receiving end, too. Turns out when researchers from the National Institutes of Health looked at the MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities, they found that giving stimulates the “reward center” in the brain releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.”
However you choose to use your return, make it count and enjoy the moments to follow!