Booking Through Thursday: Windfall

booking_through_thursLet’s go Booking Through Thursday!

“Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes. Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500?

Oh, to have a lump sum of money drop in front of me! I remember the first year I worked and actually had to file taxes — my freshman year of college. Because I was only working part-time and well below the “poverty line” if I were living on my own, I basically got back all of the taxes I paid — save some money, of course. But it amounted to $800. And I can tell you exactly what I did with it! Part went to buy my mom a Dooney & Bourke purse for her birthday; some went toward a big dinner out; and the rest went in the bank. I used it all up that summer at a full-time, unpaid internship. But I had a great time!

Now? If someone handed me a $50 bill, I’d probably stick in in the bank! I know — I’m so not helping the economy! And that answer isn’t much fun. But I’m a saver by nature. Still, if you told me I absolutely had to spend it, I’d buy . . . books. I’d raid my wishlist on BookMooch and Amazon and order away! I got a $25 Visa gift card for Christmas and I nearly had a panic attack trying to decide which books to buy with it! (After much internal debate, I wound up with Some Day My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine and the first two books in Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflowers series.) That $50 would be put to good use getting some of the hardcovers I can’t bring myself to shell out the dough for, like Karen Harper’s Mistress Shakespeare.

If we’re talking $500 that I really have to spend, that’s pretty serious. I’m sure I would do something totally irresponsible like buy a Dooney & Bourke purse in the most outrageous color I thought I could pull off. I’d take my family out for a really big meal and then pay for all of us to go to the movies and get huge tubs of popcorn and boxes of sugary candy and each of our own individual soda. I’m living on the edge! And I’m sure I would fill up my gas tank, make a trip to Target and buy a bunch of makeup and costume jewelry and then go sit in Starbucks and drink two chai tea lattes. One for each hand. By then, I’d probably be exhausted — and may have depleted a good chunk of my $500. So I would probably just bank the rest for now!

13 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Windfall

  1. We stop at the Dollar Store and buy our candy for the movies. It galls me that the same, IDENTICAL in weight and packaging, box of Dots is $1 at the store and $3 at the theater. There will never be enough money windfallen to me to change the fact it’s a rip-off. Grouch that I am. :-))

    I’d so love to retire the old wishlist at BM or Amazon, though my Amazon one is bigger than BM… and that one’s bigger than my PBS WL.

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  2. I’m a saver too. But if I had that much money, I’d go and buy some jewelry making supplies. And I’d take out a subscription to a few mags. And buy some dark chocolate.

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  3. I had the same answer as you did, to an extent: I’d buy Mistress Shakespeare as well! The chai lattes sound fantastic, too. My big purchase would be a little more practical, though: I want to buy a new laptop.

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  4. That’s funny-I’d probably save my money, too. Or buy books. Possible a really expensive pair of shoes. But that’s it. 😉

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    Hope you have an awesome day!

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