Single Mom Shares Her Tax Refund Plans on Facebook Gets Hateful Messages From Strangers

Updated March 5, 2018

People lucky enough to get a tax refund have all different kinds of plans for the money, whether it be putting it towards home improvements, paying down credit cards, or simply saving it. One single mom took to Facebook to share what she did with her tax refund and it was pretty brilliant. She used the money for her living expenses, paying her rent for the entire year.

There’s one expense that she won’t have to shell out money for each month!

South Carolina mother Christina Knaack wrote:

“I got back $5,600 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 [sic] myself on a minimum wage job.”

She added:

“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.”

Christina included a receipt of her rent payment for 2017. Her post got plenty of attention, with Christina telling Fox Carolina, “It’s pretty crazy. I was just sharing a milestone with my friends and family.”

While she received plenty of praise for using the money wisely, there were also a fair share of haters who left negative comments as well.

Christina wrote a follow-up post on Facebook to share her experience, explaining: “So I just woke up to some of the most hateful comments and some very inspiring comments and people I don’t even know defending me. I never expected to go viral. And as of January 3rd I celebrated 3 years clean. I didn’t share this for attention from the world. I just shared my accomplishments with people I know. I made it public so if anyone shared it others could see it in hopes a recovering addict would see it and see that life off the streets is possible and for any single moms to know it is possible to survive on your own. As long as my post has inspired people I’m happy with that.”

Many people who weighed in with comments on Christina’s original post about the refund money applauded her decision to put it towards her rent, with notes such as “good thinking” and “Amen! You have insiried me to do the same. Thank you!”

Another commenter noted: “Smart move. Now you can save the month amount or pay other bill as they arise.”

Others, however, wondered why she didn’t use the money towards buying a home, with one person asking: “Had you given it thought to pay a down payment towards a modular home to have something to be working toward making your own or are you just happy where you are and didn’t wanna move? Anyway, Your landlord should’ve given you a discount though because you did help him a lot by paying for a full year at once in advance and you didn’t have to, so in a way it helped him out too so he should’ve given you a good deal!”