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April 17th, 2017 at 11:00 am

tax-return

You’re probably thinking that this is going to be another article telling you to invest your money, save it for a down payment on a home, or put it toward a college fund.

But no, if you’re one of the lucky ones that received a tax refund this year, we think that you deserve to have some fun.

Here’s how we suggest spending your entire tax refund (and then some), with zero regrets:

Hit the mall

Now that you’re rolling in dough, it’s time to look the part. Head to Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego for some high-end shopping and a brand-new outfit.

A few stores that you will definitely want to visit are:

Ride in style

If you’ve dreamt of owning an exotic car, today is the day. You can rent the car of your dreams for the day, thanks to Enterprise’s Exotic Car Collection. They have locations throughout Southern California, and their collection includes models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Tesla, and more.

Once you’re looking good and driving in style, head for Los Angeles via Highway One.

Fuel up

Stop by The Montage Laguna Beach for seaside snacks at The Loft.

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Fine dining

All this spending is going to make you hungry, and luckily Southern California has tons of boujee restaurants to choose from.

We suggest Melisse in Santa Monica, where you can enjoy a French-inspired four-, seven-, or 10-course seafood meal.

Don’t forget to valet, because you can afford it.

Check in for a night of pampering

After a day of pampering yourself, the next logical step is to pamper yourself even more. Check into the Bacara Resort and Spa in Montecito.

This luxury oceanfront retreat offers daily wellness classes, a full-service salon, and a legendary spa recognized as one of the finest spas in the world.

Our luxury specialists spent their annual retreat at the Bacara, where they enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and ocean views.

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In the morning you’ll want to ask for a late check-out, then head to The Bistro for breakfast accompanied by sweeping ocean views and al fresco dining.

Back to reality

Once you’ve woken up from the fantasy of balling out on your tax return, it’s probably a good idea to instead think of a practical way to spend the hard-earned money you made last year.

If you’re thinking of buying a home, put it in the bank. There are plenty of ways to save for your down payment, but consider this an added bonus.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, it is a great idea to use this money for some home improvements. No matter how big or small your refund is, there are plenty of improvements that can be made without draining your bank account.

Whatever you decide, happy spending!

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