I filled out my taxes a few weeks ago on my own. I know lots of people send their taxes off to be done, or get fancy computer programs, but come on. I think doing taxes yourself is obviously the frugal option here.
Oh, and also, my taxes are really straightforward. I have one job, paid very little into my RRSPs last year and taxes are taken out of my paycheck all year.
Anyway, I worked it out once, and it came out to a $4000 return! This was exciting, but clearly wrong (see above reasons why my taxes are really straightforward). So I did it again, and it showed that I owed $100. Also wrong. After some helpful advice from my sister (who is both frugal and licensed to help other people do their taxes) I worked it out again, and it said I would be getting $100.
But what showed up in my bank account last week but $246! I don't know what I missed, but I am in no way complaining.
And what did I do with this money? Well, I didn't realize it was even there (I had it direct-deposited, rather than being sent a check) and I accidentally already had bought these shoes:
|Half off! Size 10! Makes me 3" taller!|
And this "chubby stick" gloss balm:
Anyway! But then I saw that I'd been given $246 for free! So all of my extra expenses can come out of that, leaving still $100 to go towards my debt.
So... while maybe not win/win (that would be putting it all on my debt) but definite win. Plus, you guys! The shoes! They were the last pair in the store, half price, and *only* in size 10 (my size)! As MEANT TO BE. Maybe not as fairy-godmotherish as Financially Fabulous' Fairy Shoe-Mother, but still pretty fantastic.
Free money is always great.