As the year 2017 has just begun, everyone knows what that means – tax time. Some people filed their taxes as soon as the new year rolled in and have already received their refunds. Some have filed and are patiently waiting for their refund. And, there are even some who are still getting the necessary paperwork together so they can file. Christina Knaack – a Single Mother from South Carolina – shared a message about her Tax Refund on Facebook that has since gone viral.

What did this mother do?

A very large portion of Americans see their tax refund as play money.

Money they didn’t plan on having and money they can use to spend on something they wouldn’t have been able to buy otherwise. Toys, electronics, new beds, video games, and even new clothing comes to mind. Christina Knaack, however, decided to do something a little different with her $5,600 tax refund.

This single mother from South Carolina took to Facebook to share the picture of a receipt for a $5,400 check. Christina revealed that she used nearly her entire tax return to pay her family’s rent for the rest of the year.

Her logic? Peace of mind. This way, she knew that if something went wrong – such as she or her children got sick or injured or she for some reason lost her job, her family would continue to have a roof over their heads.

Knaack is the single mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old. She works one minimum wage job and is able to provide her family of three with everything they need. She reveals it is her commitment to putting the needs of her children before anything else that allows her to do this with so much success.

Instead of buying her children new shoes or fancy electronics – she made sure they would have a roof over their head for the rest of the year.

She spent the leftovers on fun

Christina did make the decision to use the remaining $200 to do something fun with her children. The single mother told Fox Carolina that she never expected so many people to give her praise for how she decided to spend her tax refund.

She described her picture going viral as crazy as she had only shared it to celebrate a milestone in her life with her close family and friends.

Less than 24 hours after Knaack shared the picture of the receipt on Facebook, she had acquired more than 100,000 shares and over 30,000 comments. Most of the comments and shares were coming from parents – some just like her – praising her for having the strength to do what was right for her family.

What are your thoughts on the way this single mother decided to spend her tax refund? More importantly, what did you – or do you plan on – spending your tax refund on?

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