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Use Tax Refund For Fitness and Health

Invest That Tax Refund Back Into Yourself

It's always exciting to receive a check from Uncle Sam come tax season. Like Savvy, I try to save some of my refund and pay off debt. I also invest the money too, and I'm not just talking stocks and bonds. If you've got a little extra money this year, use it toward your health. It's a worthwhile investment that definitely keeps on giving back to you. Here are a few healthy ways you can start spending that tax refund.

  • Enroll in a new fitness class. Maybe there's a new fitness trend you've been dying to try, or a healthy vacation you've been meaning to take. Why not put those tax dollars to use? Make your money stretch even further by using collective-buying sites.
  • Get a physical exam. Going to the doctor can be pricey, even with insurance. But at the risk of sounding like a nagging mom, let me say that you shouldn't ignore your health. Go in for an annual physical, eye exam, or make a dentist appointment.

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  • Treat yourself to healing arts or spa services. When it comes to my tax refund, I'm a fan of a little splurge. Getting a massage, visiting a hot springs, or having a facial is a great way to feel indulgent while also receiving health benefits.
  • Sign up for a gym membership or personal training sessions. If a lack of funds have kept you from joining a gym, use your tax refund. And many gyms allow you to pay for a six- to 12-month membership up front so you don't have to worry about monthly fees. If you already belong to a gym, invest in a series of personal training sessions. Trainers are a great way to develop workouts that are specific to you, and they also help kick you into gear when you're feeling lazy.
  • Invest in new gear or fix up old. A tax refund is a great way to purchase big-ticket fitness products like cardio equipment or a bike. If you're hesitant to spend big, get yourself some new running shoes or tune up old equipment you already have.
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Spectra Spectra 5 years
We got enough back that I can buy a Precor elliptical. But I probably won't, because my current one is pretty good. As soon as it dies, I'm getting a really nice one though.
Dappered Dappered 5 years
Great ideas to get yourself in shape. And for the guys out there (and women who love them) we've got a bunch of ways to spend just a third of the average refund, and seriously upgrade your style: http://dappered.com/2010/04/how-to-spend-your-tax-return/
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