The best money tip I can offer my fellow side hustlers is file your taxes today! The IRS is officially open and is accepting filings. And if you typically receive a refund, then there is no logical reason for you to wait to get yo’ money, honey!
Okay, let me take it down a notch.
If you file your taxes electronically with the IRS today, you should expect to get your refund in about three weeks. I’ve learned, much of the time, it’s a little sooner than that. And that’s good. Because February’s a short month. And for all us hourly employees, are checks from our full time jobs are not going to be as stocky as they would be if there were 30 or 31 days in February. So, getting your money now will help cover the cost of March’s rent and get you back on track — in case you weren’t — with paying all your bills on time and in full.
Now, I’m happy to say that I’ve estimated my tax refund a few times throughout January (like a dozen, really) and I’ll be getting the best refund I’ve EVER received. Yes! But, I’m an adult and I want t make sure I am as responsible with my government windfall as I can possibly be. So, 67% of my refund will be going into two separate savings accounts: my Dream Home Fund (self explanatory, right?) and my emergency fund. A girl’s gotta be ready for those rainy days. What about the remaining 33%? It’s going to cover any cost of rent and bills I may be short on given the fact that’s February is a short month. And to some personal investment for myself. Gotta be wiling to be a little better than the day before.
Happy filing, Side Hustlers!