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“Nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” This saying presents a fairly grim reality or is at best dark humor. I was thinking about this expression recently as tax season is upon us once again, filing is imminent, and as I’ve gotten a barrage of e-mails and promotions for how I should “best” spend my return.
If you are lucky enough to receive a tax return this year, there are of course many potential uses. Although the truth is, a number of us may not even have much of a choice in how to spend this money. It may have to be put toward paying off debt, tuition or perhaps ease the burden of everyday expenses.
But if you do have a choice, consider the following suggestions that I encountered in various publications and online.
—Grow a garden – tends to improve to nutrition, culinary skills and increase exercise.
—Join a gym – increase exercise, try new activities through classes offered.
—Buy a piece of personal exercise equipment for your home – increase exercise if joining a gym is too big of a commitment or is otherwise not feasible.
—Healthcare costs – whether a cavity you’ve been putting off filling or consultation for your knee that’s been bothering you, this may be a chance to address something that’s been on the back burner. Perhaps you’ve wanted to try alternative or preventive treatment such as acupuncture or a nutrition consultation.
These are all investments in your health that could offset future costs. So while we are all aware that death is certain, there are also many things we can do to live potentially longer, healthier and fuller lives.