Friday, May 27, 2005

FREE MONEY!!!

Well, not really. LJ and I just got our tax refund back and though many people like to look at this as “free money”, it isn’t. I like to look at it as money happily yanked from my paychecks before I could ever get my hands on it. And what does it mostly go toward anyway? Social security and the military. Frankly, I think I could do a better job with it than the government. I wouldn’t be paying old people to sit around and go to the doctor for shits and giggles when I can’t go myself and I wouldn’t be funding operations to liberate anyone who didn’t want to be liberated (that’s a different discussion though and I won’t get into it now).

So we have this money and we need to do something with it. Yeah, I know “save it”. Hmmmmm, no. We had some ideas on where it could be spent like a new computer or maybe a PSP or something equally fun but I think we are going to spend it on boring things that, in the long run, will be better investments.

First, LJ and I need our eyes examined. We can do this and get new contacts. I have been having to wear my glasses for more than a year now and I hate it. God, do I hate glasses! I’ve never worn contacts but it must be wonderful. The only thing is I’ve never had to touch my eye so I am more than a little freaked about having to put them in and take them out. Ggggraaaababababa and EEEWWWWWWW!

Second, we are getting the carpets cleaned. They are gross they need cleaning. That’s it. Other than I will kill any animal that pisses on my floor afterward.

Third, LJ needs her wisdom teeth out. Her parents said they would help with the expense so I think we are going to have to do it. Yeah, sorry babe but its for your own good. I won’t even tell you how bad I had it when my teeth were out. I’ll have to use some devilishly clever ploy to get her to go, like telling her we’re going to a tea party and when we get there saying, “Oh, I said teeth pulling. You must have misheard me. Well, while we’re here we may as well…” Man, that was weak. My ploys have been a bit lackluster lately. I’ll work on it.

Fourth, LJ’s truck is getting recharged with air-conditioning stuff. I hate that neither of us has a car with A/C. Summer in FLA sucks enough; the least we can do is have one comfortable vehicle.

Anyway, you can see where I’m going. I think we’ll be better off paying for the things that normally we wouldn’t spring for due to our tight budget. I think in the end it will make us happier and be things we can look back on as good investments. Though I can’t believe I’m giving up a PSP…

What do you people normally spend your refunds on?

6 comments:

Da Beef said...

Doesn't being responsible suck? We haven't got our check yet, but when we do...unfortunately, we are going to be responsible and Danny is going to the dentist. There probably won't be any $ left after that, but it's a good cause. Oh...don't freak out about the contacts. They take a couple weeks to adjust to, but you'll get it. Just think, you're really not touching your eye, the contact is. Oh...funny story...the week before Ivan, Danny got his contacts, and he was trying to take them out in the dark while the power was out, he said it felt like he was tugging on his damn eyeball. I told him to just keep trying to get it out it was probably just shifted on his eye. Come to find out, it had come out and he really was tugging on his eyeball. Thought that was pretty damn funny. ;)

bobo said...

Very responsible list, but practical too. I hate going to the dentist but it definitely pays to get it done sooner rather than later. We got our first refund check in a long time this year and got a table and some chairs so that we can have dinner outside.

Nothing Like It said...

Contact lenses are amazing! I'd die without them.

Mad Mike said...

I got a divorce with mine. Very responsible expense and so far worth every penny.

Your New Sleeping Aid said...

I paid off a credit card and then the rest just sort of disappeared....
oh yeah, and about 300 at the dentist!

mommyjolle said...

Refund? You mean you can actually get the government to send some back? Once, just once, we actually thought we had $10 coming back but before the confetti hit the floor and we could rush out to the dollar store to spend it we got a letter from IRS saying "Whoops, we were wrong, we don't owe YOU $10, you owe us $237.00. How would you like to pay it?" There are ome definite drawbacks to owning your own business!