Tax season is the most joyous time of the year where everyone can finally buy the things that they want. Every year, we hope, wish and pray that January gets here soon enough so we can file those taxes and spend, spend, spend. How many of us actually use that money to pay off bills in order to free up some of our ‘9 to 5’ pay checks? I have to be honest: when tax time comes around, bills are the last thing on my mind to pay. I’m always focused on the things that I didn’t get an opportunity to buy when I got my regular check, or the things I have to sacrifice and put back because I don’t have enough money to get it. Get my drift?
I know this isn’t the correct way to spend this “once a year” money, but there’s a single mother of two from Gaffney, South Carolina that’s got me thinking about spending my taxes a little bit differently this year. According to news site WESH2, Christina Knaack took the internet by storm when she posted a $5400 receipt — showing that she paid her $450-a-month rent for the entire year.
Knaack, who is a recovering addict, was excited about her accomplishment and posted this statement on Facebook along with the above picture:
I got back $5600 on my taxes. Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR. I’m a single mom and I do it all buy myself on a minimum wage job. I kno that a roof over my kids head is what’s important. My kids don’t want for anything because my priorities are straight. And this also means I will have that extra 450 a month to do things with my kids.
Knaack stated that she didn’t expect the post to go viral but she’s glad that it went public, so if anyone shared it, they would be able to see how a recovering addict made it possible to get off the streets and maybe it would encourage them to find a better way. Christina has received both positive and negative comments about her decision; regardless, if the post inspires people, then she’s happy with that. It definitely inspired me.
Sound off in the comments: do you think Christina did a noble thing with her tax money? Don’t forget: the last day to file your 2016 taxes is April 18th!