Affordable Ways to Celebrate Finishing Your Taxes

Posted on 04/16/2012

The buzzer is about to sound and time will run out on the tax clock for another year. Whether you filed your taxes early like a model citizen or procrastinated until the last minute, finishing your taxes deserves some celebration. But don’t go blowing that entire tax refund in one place. Consider these more affordable ways to celebrate.

Have a Tax Day Movie Marathon Get your hands on some great films that involve the IRS or taxes for a Tax Day movie marathon. IRS agents may get a bad rap, but Will Farrell played one in his movie “Stranger than Fiction.” The 1993 Tom Cruise hit “The Firm” features tax lawyers. And any adaptation of Robin Hood deals with stealing from the rich to give to the poor.

Indulge in a Snack
Arby’s is handing out free Value Curly Fries on April 17 to anyone who prints the coupon. The fast food chain will also give away $5,000 in tax relief to one lucky person. Just visit Arby’s Facebook page to enter the sweepstakes and get your coupon for free fries.

Go Out for Dinner
After all of that time you spent crunching numbers and filling out tax documents you’re probably not in the mood to cook. Treat yourself to a meal out on the town. Help your dollar go further by heading to your local Chilis where guests get a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entrée. The deal is good Monday, April 16 through Wednesday, April 18 for those who have the special tax day coupon. Email Club members, Facebook fans and Twitter followers can receive the coupon, which you can either print or show your server on your smartphone.

Treat Friends to Breakfast
Share your relief with others by picking up a Big Bagel Bundle at Bruegger’s. The pack of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese is just $10.40 in honor of Tax Day, a savings of up to $5. Download and print the Tax Day coupon from Bruegger's Facebook page through April 17.

Celebrate Tax Freedom Day
This year Tax Freedom Day happens to fall on the same day your taxes are due: April 17. Tax Freedom Day means that Americans will work for 107 days into the year to pay their 2012 federal, state, and local tax bills. It’s a calendar-based illustration that demonstrates the government’s cost. While it may be a somewhat depressing illustration that shows how much of your hard earned money goes to Uncle Sam, it’s also good motivation to voice your opinion to your elected officials so maybe next Tax Day will be easier on your bottom line.

By Alison Storm

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