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A Girl’s Fun & Frivolous Ideas on Spending Your Tax Refund

Posted By Jim On 03/25/2010 @ 7:19 am In Taxes | 46 Comments

My friend Stephanie asked me why I never wrote about anything fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While she enjoys all the investing information and money news, every once and a while I should sprinkle in something fun. The $500 bill trivia [3] was a good start, but not entertaining enough.

So I turned the tables on her and asked her for ideas. Since I’m boring, I needed her help. She suggested a post about all the fun things a woman could spend her tax refund on. Nothing boring/responsible like researching the best CD rates [4] but spending it all on something awesome. I told her that if she found a few fun things around the cost of the average tax refund [5] last year ($2700, $3000 so far this year [6]), I’d post it. Here were her ideas plus a few of my own:

Chloé Python Handbag

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, the Chloé Silverado Python Shoulder Bag [7] will set you back $2,650 plus tax. I’m not sure how I feel about a purse made out of python and leather but apparently it’s sizzling hot if you don’t mind spending a nice mortgage payment on a handbag! Chloe [8] has an entire clothing line and other handbags that aren’t quite so exquisitely priced.

Botox Treatments

Botox [9], which sounds nicer than onabotulinumtoxinA, offers “real, noticeable results with approximately 11 million treatments.” (that’s a quote from their website, not sure if only a couple treatments will do or if you’ll need all eleven million) Pricing will vary depending on where you live though you can probably get a few treatments for a cool three G’s. Stephanie said she wouldn’t do it because she’s scared of it (I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t want to inject something in my body that had the word “toxin” in it) but it’s certainly an option if you want to hide all human emotion from your facial expressions. (Photo: ajc1 [10])

Jimmy Choos

We’re going to with a budget choice this time and only spend a third of your refund with the Jimmy Choo Quito [11]. At $995, you will have some left over for a botox treatment or a trip to the spa. Don’t let the 4.7″ heel height scare you though, this embossed leather sandal lets you make a statement. Car payments never looked so good. If you want to spend another three to four hundred bones, you can get the snakeskin version [12] instead.

Mandarin Oriental Spa Package

You won’t be able to afford an Evian water bath [13] ($5,000) at Spa V at Hotel Victor but you could get a couple sessions at the Mandarin Oriental in New York [14]. Their “Full Day Program” costs a mere $1270 on the weekdays and $1325 on the weekends, you get: “Delight in the ultimate luxury of time with The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Full Day Program. You will enjoy a 2 hour, 50 minute Time Ritual™, a 1 hour, 20 minute Specialized Facial, a Holistic Hand and Foot Treatment, and a Bento Box lunch.” You also get access to all their facilities including a 75′ pool, fitness center, sauna, amethyst crystal steam rooms (?), ‘experience’ showers (??), vitality pools (???), and relaxation lounges. That Bento Box lunch sounds pretty good. (Photo: mandarinoriental [15])

Cruise: Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Cruise on the largest cruise ships in the world – the Oasis of the Seas [16] (if you click on that link, it immediately loads a video). They used to say that cruise ships are little floating cities and the Oasis is no joke, it’s a freaking metropolis. It’s as long as four football fields, cost $1.4 billion to build, has 21 pools, 24 restaurants, and is 20 stories tall above the sea. Just take a look at the webcam of the boardwalk [17], is that on a ship or on land? You have no idea. It’s absolutely monstrous and it has a twin, the Allure of the Seas. You can get an interior statement room for as little as a thousand dollars per person plus taxes and fees, leaving out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Not a bad vacation! (Photo: monica_r [18])

Ladies, what are some other fun things to spend your tax refund on?

(Photo: strict [19])


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[3] $500 bill trivia: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/fun-trivia-facts-about-the-500-bill.html

[4] best CD rates: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/best-cd-certificate-of-deposit-rates.html

[5] average tax refund: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/average-tax-refund.html

[6] this year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704117304575137610728587560.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5

[7] Chloé Silverado Python Shoulder Bag: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=282574488339117&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441760434&R=3605805908376&P_name=Chloe&sid=1278583245B4&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395222441&bmUID=1269272348974

[8] Chloe: http://www.chloe.com/#/en

[9] Botox: http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/home.aspx

[10] ajc1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/533224941/sizes/s/

[11] Jimmy Choo Quito: http://www.jimmychoo.com/Spring-Summer-2010/Quito/invt/101quitoemb

[12] snakeskin version: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3082821?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_pla=shoes:women:sandals/slides&cm_ite=jimmy_choo_

[13] Evian water bath: http://www.forbes.com/2007/07/23/spa-treatment-expensive-forbeslife-cx_ls_0724spa_slide_2.html

[14] Mandarin Oriental in New York: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/spa/spa_programs/

[15] mandarinoriental: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandarinoriental/4328213866/sizes/l/

[16] Oasis of the Seas: http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/

[17] webcam of the boardwalk: http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/web-cam.php

[18] monica_r: http://www.flickr.com/photos/monica_r/4101566274/sizes/l/

[19] strict: http://www.flickr.com/photos/strict/3874735482/sizes/s/

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