The internet is loving this mom-of-two's message about how she's spending her tax refund.

By Hollee Actman Becker
February 24, 2017

With a $5,400 tax return in hand, single mom Christina Knaack could have gone out and bought a lot of things. Like a new iPhone, perhaps. Or a bigger TV. Or a whole new wardrobe. Or even a fancy pair (or 10) of the latest kicks for her kids. Instead, the forward-thinking mom-of-two—who supports her daughters by working a minimum-wage job—used every last penny of that refund check to pay off her family's rent for the entire year. Smart lady! And, of course, the internet is simply loving her for it.

"Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR," the South Carolina mom wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that currently has more than 130,000 shares and 42,000 comments. "I know 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."

Way to go, Mama! What a great example Christina is setting for her kids by teaching them from a young age not to focus so much on material things. Instead, she's showing them through her actions the importance of making family priority number one. How inspiring!

So what are you planning to do with YOUR tax refund?

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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