Cheap Chick Erin Schneider knows how to make the most out of tax season:
Your deadline to turn in your income taxes is less than a week away. And if you're like me, you may need some added incentive to get your taxes done. Luckily, local businesses are offering discounts on Monday, April 15th, to make the least wonderful time of the year a bit more bearable.
First up are the food freebies:
CINNABON: At Cinnabon, stop by on the 15th and get two free Cinnabon Bites. You don't need a coupon, and for more details, check out the Cinnabon Facebook page.
ARBY'S: Arby's is giving away free orders of small Curly Fries or Potato Cakes. Check out the offer on their Facebook page, and be sure to print off a coupon, available starting today.
SONIC: Celebrate happy hour all day on the 15th at Sonic. That means half off all drinks and slushies.
BRUEGGER'S: According to the Internet (I could not confirm this deal on their website or Facebook page), Bruegger's Bagels will offer their Big Bagel Bundle for $10.50 April 12th through the 15th. The Bundle includes a baker's dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese.
Then we have office supply discounts:
If you are like me, and you haven't done your taxes yet, you're in luck! Save big on Quick Books at Office Depot right now, up to 50% off. Then, once you are actually done with your taxes, bring all that leftover paperwork to Office Depot on April 16th and shred it for free. Coupons for free shredding are available at their website, and you get to shred up to 5 pounds of paper.
At Office Max, save $10 on any of the H&R Block At Home tax preparation software.
Need help finishing your taxes? There are free services available:
If you have a moderate income, and need assistance filing your return, log on to http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/, enter your zip code, and find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA provider nearest you. I checked my zip code and found 11 providers in a 10 mile radius. For the elderly, there's the service Tax Counseling for the Elderly available for free, also at the VITA locations.
What to do with the refund:
If you've done your taxes already, what should you do with your tax refund? The folks at dealnews.com ran a survey to find out what their readers plan to do with their refund, and 44% will use it to pay down bills. Plus, 34% will put that discount straight into their savings account. That's 78% of poll-takers who are NOT blowing their refund on frivolous things like shoes.
The Huffington Post had a few other great ideas for how to spend your refund. You could take business and personal development classes, like Dale Carnegie. You could invest it in your health and join a gym. Or, you could take a vacation, which frankly, everyone needs now and then.