Cheap Ways to Relax After Tax Day

Posted on 04/13/2010

Tax time is stressful for millions of Americans. And why wouldn’t it be—strict deadlines, hefty payments, and seemingly endless math equations. But come April 15 you can breathe a sigh of relief and relax because for at least 11 months you don’t have to worry about it. And if you need some cheap ways to do that, we’ve got you covered.

Watch a Funny Movie - Laughing is a great way to ease stress. Rent a funny movie and put the tax deadline behind you. Get a free rental from Redbox when you join the Redbox Text Club. You’ll get a promo code the first Monday of every month.

Take a Bath - Bubble baths can wash away a lot of stress. Fill the tub with water, light some candles and grab a magazine or a book for some stress-free soak time. You can even get a free bath pouf from Beauty Herbal Spa by filling out an online form.

Hit the Gym - Gyms can be pricey, but often they hand out free week-long passes. Even if you don’t feel like working out, take advantage of the gym’s other amenities like saunas, hot tubs and swimming pools. Try out a relaxing yoga class and stretch your stress away.

Work on a Hobby - Whether your hobby is baking cakes or building models, spend some time doing it. Hobbies are typically a relaxing activity that will help you take your mind off tax deadlines and W-2s—unless, of course, your hobby is filling out tax returns.

Meditate - Experts say meditating just 20 minutes a day can make you a much calmer person. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment or special clothing and you can pretty much do it anywhere. Need some help getting started? Check out these free tips from Discovery Health.

Sleep - Perhaps the best stress reducing freebie is sleep. Hit the hay early for a long night of well-deserved shut eye. And hopefully you’ll dream about fun ways to spend that tax refund.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 04.13.10 at 9:01 PM

Good ideas. Whatever you do, don't spend it all. Stick in your savings or throw it in a CD. There are plenty of ways to have fun without blowing all your money.

Alison Storm

Posted on 04.27.10 at 8:15 AM

Amen Jay! It's so tempting though, isn't it? But if we can save our tax refunds we'll probably be less stressed out over money in the future. Thanks for reading!


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