Thursday, January 5, 2012

Are You Getting a Tax Refund? Part 3

Well, the last thing that you can do with your tax refund, if you are lucky enough to get one, is to save or invest it.  Even if you are getting a small amount, I have found for myself that it is far easier to get excited about saving if I already have money in savings.  For me, a savings goal seems more daunting if I don't have any money in savings and and I'm just starting out.
  • Emergency savings - With the current economy, experts recommend that families set aside 6 to 9 months of expenses available in cash.
  • Future expenses - Maybe you have an expense in the coming months that you are expecting?   Real estate taxes, home/vehicle repair, tuition, etc.
  • Invest in starting a business - More than 5 million people have lost their jobs since December 2007 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Starting a business could mean creating not only a job for yourself but others, too. 
  • Add money to or start a retirement account.
  • Invest in yourself by taking a class/classes.  This could open up new opportunities with your current employer or make you more marketable if you are looking for a new job.
  • Food storage - Financial experts warn of BIG inflation in our future.  Save by having 3 months (or more) of food items saved in your home.  This could include purchasing a beef or other meat from a local farmer or butcher, canned goods, etc.
One last thing:  If you are getting a tax refund and don't know what to do with it, pray about it and ask God to show you where it should go.

 20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.  Proverbs 21:20

Live in Victory!  Lynette

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