It’s that time of year. Where normal folks fill out forms and do calculations to see if they owe the government even more money.
I’m just glad I live in this era. Things are so much easier now with software like TurboTax and e-filing, there’s less hassle and faster turnaround time if you’re lucky enough to get a return.
I am one of those people this year. Any day now I should be getting my return deposited in my account(another advantage of the current system), but I have an dilemma.
What do I do with this money?
I see it as extra money. It’s money that I wasn’t really expecting to get back, so simply letting it sit in my account doesn’t seem right. So ever since I finished my taxes and e-filed the return, I’ve been thinking about what I want to use it for. I’ve come up with a short list.
- iPad 3 – I don’t own an iPad or any other tablet at the moment, partially because I thought a tablet was stupid, but the concept has grown on me and the iPad 3 seems to have a lot going for it. Model’s start at $499
- Canon 7D – I love my 20D but, it’s close to(if not) ten years old and is starting to show its age. I looked at the 60D and didn’t like it. Although it’s the spiritual successor to the 20D(by way of the 40D), the build quality isn’t there(the body is plastic and doesn’t feel as solid). The 7D is a nice upgrade, has a magnesium body similar to the 20D and seems to be positioned similar to the 20D back in the day. My only concern is whether or not Canon is going to launch a mk.II in the next few months. The 7D body alone are ~$1200.
- HDTV – We finally upgraded to an HDTV in our house about a year ago. How we got by before, I don’t know. Gaming on my 360 is so much nicer on a 46″ screen. But alas I crave more(game time). I can’t in good conscience hog the HDTV all to myself, so I was thinking about getting a nice HDTV of my own for my room. Then I can game whenever I want. Name brand, 46-55″ LED HDTV’s run ~$800-1500
- Gaming rig parts- I’ve had the urge to build myself a new dedicated gaming PC for a while, and I could use this return to buy some of the components. But only some. Rough estimate for a new Intel core i7 gaming rig… ~$1500
- Mac Pro parts – My 2008 Mac Pro has been having some issues lately, and I think my video card is on the way out. Official Apple replacement parts are going to run me ~$300-600
- Racetech G3-S customs – Custom shocks for my cafe racer project. ~$1500
- Tarozzi Rearsets – For same cafe racer project ~$300
- Shoei RF-1100 – A nice new helmet for riding ~$450-500
- PS Vita – The newest handheld from Sony has me a lot more interested than Nintendo’s latest. Also, it has Uncharted(Shiny) $399
- Zombie Ear Gear Bites – Custom molded headphones with either one, two or three drivers. I was already planning on getting the Pro TWOBites, but I could upgrade to the Pro THREEBites. $259-399
- M1 Garand – I’ve wanted to get an M1 since I got my Firearms ID card. It’s owning a piece of US Military history, plus they’re fun to shoot. Through the Civilian Marksmanship Program(CMP) used M1s of various grades can be purchased as long as you go through the qualifying process. $625
- Save it – Put the tax return into my savings account and wait and see what I might need down the line for projects or just life.