Our tax return came as expected Friday and it was about the equivalent of one month's paycheck so it definitely boosted our bank account. With my wife staying home and only doing some tutoring we have scraped by for about a year and a half so this is a huge relief for us as I'll get paid in 4 days also.
So what does this mean for us?
At least Friday it meant being able to order lunches for everyone without first having to collect money so I could pay. It meant actually filling up both vehicles instead of putting in $5. $5 went a lot farther in my 65 Chevy Malibu about 20 years ago. It also meant going shopping Saturday morning without wincing at the final bill. It also meant being able to play poker Saturday night without worrying about losing $5.
It will mean buying my wife nicer flowers for Valentine's Day. It will mean being able to enjoy my 40th birthday next weekend. It will allow us to buy decent pots and pans instead of cooking on the $19 set we bought at Christmas that are ready for the trash. It will also allow us to pay off our car, give more to the church than we gave all of last year, pay a few other debts down, and it will surely reduce the financial stress level here in our house.
Tonight we went to a Conquering Debt God's Way workshop and we are probably going to start working on getting mostly out of debt altogether. But, for right now we will breath easy, get 2 drinks at dinner time instead of one, get the oil changes that are 3 months over due, and we will not worry about overdrafting our account for a month or two.