You've been sending money to Uncle Sam all year, bemoaning the large difference between gross and net income on your paycheck stub. And if you're fortunate, your employer deducted too much, or you're eligible for so many credits the government wants to pay you!
Either way, you're getting what seems like FREE MONEY this spring, and it's tempting to just spend it all. What will you do with the cash? Look to your Sun sign for your spending style:
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Face it, you have no impulse control. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the symbol of Spring -- when life bursts forth through all manner of obstacles. When you have a desire, you need to fulfill it ... NOW. So don't even think about saving your tax refund. Buy yourself a nice pair of running shoes, an expensive meal at the new Tapas bar or some red-hot lingerie.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Are you the indulgent type, or a penny-pincher? If the latter, you'll probably have asked Uncle Sam to direct deposit your refund straight into your checking account -- and there it will stay. But if you just love to spend money on beautiful things and rich foods, you may as well go for the best. After all, life is to be lived -- the more pleasure, the better.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Don't say you misplaced your refund check already! Sort through that big pile of mail, and once you've found it, take it straight to the bank. (Do not pass go.) Now that you've got a wad of cash, you're like a kid in a candy shop. If you're wise, you'll first write a list of how you want to spend it. Otherwise, you'll have blown it on the first thing that tickles your fancy.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
If you listened to your mama -- like the good Cancer you are -- you'll know to invest the refund into home maintenance or the kids' future. You're conservative by nature and know that the value of real estate only increases. However, you do deserve to reward yourself, too. Splurge on a gourmet cake, or buy yourself that complicated cooking contraption you saw on QVC.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Your tax refund may not be big enough for what you think you deserve. Nonetheless, your first and only stop will be the swankiest shopping district in your area. You'll spend your cash on a glitzy accessory that makes you stand out even more than you usually do. Or, if you're feeling particularly generous, you'll buy a gift that can never be outdone!
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
The first thing you'll do is open your spreadsheet or financial management program and enter your refund. Yet you're so on top of things that you already know exactly how much you were due, and you've allocated the distribution of cash to various categories. Of course most of the money goes to savings, but you just know your home office needs an upgrade -- so splurge a little!
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
What good is free money if you can't share it with someone? Take your favorite person out for a nice dinner or purchase two tickets for the ballet or opera. If you don't have a special someone -- or even if you do! -- put some money into making yourself feel beautiful. Put a fresh bouquet of flowers on your table, buy yourself some nice threads. When you feel good, others will be attracted to you.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Do you trust your money manager, or do you scour the business section yourself? Either way, you'll probably invest your refund wisely. Since your sign rules reusing and recycling, consider going green with your greenbacks: put your money into funds that support socially and ecologically responsible companies. And save a few bucks for a pair of sunglasses that you can hide behind!
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Have you been saving up for that trip you've been planning for months? Well, hopefully you have enough cash now! Hop on a plane to Jakarta or Paris -- it doesn't really matter where, as long as you're getting away. And if you're more the intellectual type, take an advanced course on ancient Greece or whatever fires up your mind.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
After slaving away for so many hours -- only to send a third of your income to the government -- you deserve an upgrade. Buy yourself an ergonomically advanced yet fancy looking office chair to give your back a break. You'll not only feel better, but your colleagues will envy you -- and what could be more satisfying than that?
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Whatever someone suggests you do with your refund, you won't listen to them anyway. You're bound to be unpredictable. Maybe you'll give a loan to someone in a third world country to help them start a business. Or give it all to your favorite political candidate. And if you're keeping it for yourself, you might indulge in one of those fancy gadgets that start with a lowercase i.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
What? You spent it already? Where did it go? Oh, you don't remember. Well, whatever you did with your refund, certainly it was for a good cause. You gave it all to your place of worship, or bought yourself a digital video camera to make those independent films you've always fantasized about. But it doesn't matter anyway -- money's just an illusion anyhow.
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