Booking through Thursday - Windfall

This week's Booking Through Thursday is about Windfalls. Tax windfalls, that is.

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?

(And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)

We are actually getting a refund this year. Since we own a small business we have to pay estimated taxes quarterly. The amount we pay quarterly is based on 110 percent of last years income. Since this year's income was less than last year's, we overpaid and are getting a refund. Of course, I waited until this month to even do our taxes and I don't efile since we have to send all the paperwork in anyway, so we get to wait 4 to 6 weeks for our refund. More than you wanted to know and doesn't answer the question, right?

What are we going to do with our refund versus what I'd really like to do with the refund? Well, I'd really like a Kindle, but that is one of those really frivolous type purchases I can do without. I want it but don't need it type of thing. Somebody talk me into it - please, please, please. Give me all the pros and cons!

What we are going to do with part of the refund is buy hubby a computer. I have my laptop and he and James share the desktop. He really needs one of his own to keep in his home office where no one else will touch it or move his icons around and he can work on his electronic designs to his hearts content, without taking over the kitchen. He really wants a mac, but will most likely put together a desktop system which has the max memory and all those things to go along with a fast and efficient computer.

Books? Buy Books you say with part of the refund. "Ah, to sleep, perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub." I'm off to dream of books, books, and more books.

What are you buying with your refund?


  1. As you know I live in India. I am yet to get the tax refunds of last year.

    What will I buy? I don't know!

    let the windfall fall on my head

  2. I've noticed that an awful lot of people have said they'd like to use the money to buy a Kindle. Guess it's on everybody's wish list.

  3. Pro's for the Kindle? cheaper books and they're all in one spot. It can read to you, and keeps your place without the bookmark falling out.

    Cons... I like the actual feel and smell of books, real books. True, Mt. TBR probably violates building codes, but when I'm done with a book, I mooch them on. I use BookMooch, so I get books free, and pay the shipping to send them to their new homes; I don't re-read books often. AND when I do buy a new book, part of that has always been to buy a new bookmark with it.

    I prefer the real things, but if someone wants to gift me a Kindle... anyone? anyone?? Bueller? :-D

    BTW, I do the "play nice or not at all" thing, but 14 and 16 is getting old enough to have more adult things, I figure. The 10yo will prob be the most responsible, tbh.

  4. When the Kindle first came out, I hated the idea. But now I wouldn't mind having one myself... The portability, the way you can change the font size, and the way books on a Kindle don't gather dust all sound great to me!


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