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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  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  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  last year ($2700, $3000 so far this year ), I’d post it. Here were her ideas plus a few of my own:
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, the Chloé Silverado Python Shoulder Bag  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  has an entire clothing line and other handbags that aren’t quite so exquisitely priced.
Botox , 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 )
We’re going to with a budget choice this time and only spend a third of your refund with the Jimmy Choo Quito . 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  instead.
You won’t be able to afford an Evian water bath  ($5,000) at Spa V at Hotel Victor but you could get a couple sessions at the Mandarin Oriental in New York . 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 )
Cruise on the largest cruise ships in the world – the Oasis of the Seas  (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 , 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 )
Ladies, what are some other fun things to spend your tax refund on?
(Photo: strict )
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 $500 bill trivia: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/fun-trivia-facts-about-the-500-bill.html
 best CD rates: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/best-cd-certificate-of-deposit-rates.html
 average tax refund: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/average-tax-refund.html
 this year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704117304575137610728587560.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5
 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
 Chloe: http://www.chloe.com/#/en
 Botox: http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/home.aspx
 ajc1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/533224941/sizes/s/
 Jimmy Choo Quito: http://www.jimmychoo.com/Spring-Summer-2010/Quito/invt/101quitoemb
 snakeskin version: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3082821?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_pla=shoes:women:sandals/slides&cm_ite=jimmy_choo_
 Evian water bath: http://www.forbes.com/2007/07/23/spa-treatment-expensive-forbeslife-cx_ls_0724spa_slide_2.html
 Mandarin Oriental in New York: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/spa/spa_programs/
 mandarinoriental: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandarinoriental/4328213866/sizes/l/
 Oasis of the Seas: http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/
 webcam of the boardwalk: http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/web-cam.php
 monica_r: http://www.flickr.com/photos/monica_r/4101566274/sizes/l/
 strict: http://www.flickr.com/photos/strict/3874735482/sizes/s/
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