If you will be receiving a nice sized tax refund this year, there are a few things you could do with it. You could pay any outstanding debts, contribute to your retirement fund, or pad your savings account. Or you could go on a fun outing, mini vacation, or out to a nice dinner.
But if you’re looking to spend it on tools, here are a few ideas to inspire you with.
1. Upgrade Your Cordless Tool Kit
Are your cordless tools starting to break down? Are the batteries in desperate need of replacement? Are you still working with *shudder* NiCd or NiMH battery packs? Are your tools large, bulky, or heavy? It might be time for an upgrade.
If you’re in the market for a new cordless drill or driver, we are especially fond of Bosch’s new brushless tools. They’re compact, powerful, and have incredibly long runtimes before you need to make a trip to the charger.
2. Spring For a New Pocket Knife
You *could* buy a sub-$50 knife that doesn’t suck, but where’s the fun in that? There are some nice Zero Tolerance knives coming out for 2014, and some great ones already out, such as the 0801 Rexford that we are really fond of.
If your refund is small or non-existent, or your needs more modest, check out the Kershaw Leek for EDC or on-the-go needs, or Mora Companion fixed blade knife for shop use. Both are very easy on the wallet.
3. Get Some New Gear
4. Is it Time For a New Tool Box?
As Father’s Day approaches, there will be sales on small hand-held tool boxes, ball bearing tool chests and cabinets, rollaways, mobile tool centers, and combos. If you’re shopping for a new tool box, you might want to push larger purchases back a couple of weeks.
If you’re looking for a complete overhaul of your portable tool storage setup, check out what we have to say about Bosch L-Boxxes, Festool Systainers, and Dewalt ToughSystem cases.
5. What About That Awesome Tool in Your Wishlist?
Everyone should have a few awesome tools in their wishlists. You know the type – the tools you know you could use, but don’t exactly need. For instance, a tactical tomahawk survival tool that is designed for life-or-death situations. Or maybe a utility bar that you’ll only use twice a year. Or a super-durable tactical LED flashlight, such as the Elzetta or Maglite Mag-Tac.
Maybe once a year we splurge on a tool, pocket knife, or other EDC item that we want and could use, but don’t exactly need.
It’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, so why not go with something awesome that will bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
So… What Are You Spending Your Tax Refund On?
We won’t get a tax refund this year, but if we did, I would spend it on a vibratory tumbler and an ultrasonic cleaner.
What will – or would – you spend your refund or extra cash on?