6 Ways to Spend your Tax Refund Locally

On April 22 between 10am and 11am, on 3TV's Your Life A-Z , check out Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona's director, discussing fantastic local options to get the most bang for your buck this tax refund. Tax season can mean a lot of things to different people, this season we hope it means you get to use your refund for something you've considered for a long time- such as solar panels, an exciting getaway, a smart investment, or providing your child with a new skill. There are a number of exceptional local businesses to satisfy any of these dreams and more. Below we've highlighted a number of options. If you have been planning anything else with your refund remember to check out our Local Business Directory and shop local!

Please check out our upcoming segment on 3TV on April 22 between 10am and 11am to see Local First AZ share Spending Your Tax Refund Locally. Below are the featured businesses:

Desert Schools Federal Credit Uniondesert schools Desert Schools Federal Credit Union offers financial services with the goal of providing personal growth and security. A major benefit of investing is the potential for long-term returns and security. Services that Desert Schools provide include retirement planning, education planning, and multiple types of investment advice. Desert Schools’ advisors are experienced and knowledgeable and will provide unbiased, independent, and personalized advice pulling from years of experience evaluating trends, forecasts and opportunities.  You can locate an advisor here.

360 Adventures Arizona adventure tours by 360 Adventures take the worry out of exploring so you can focus on having fun.  Arizona offers the the nation’s best backdrop for outdoor activities so get out there! 360 Adventures offer guided rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering, air tours, water tours, and more. This is the only company in Arizona with the legal permits to offer their guided adventure experiences. They provide an expert guide and all the equipment to match the experience you are seeking. Every group from couples to a corporate retreat welcome. Contact them here on their website or by calling 888-722-0360.

Sonoita and Patagonia Join us and explore AZ with Local First! Our Explore Arizona trips return, this time with an excursion to the high desert grasslands of Sonoita and Patagonia on May 15-17, 2015. The region, about a 45-minute drive southeast from Tucson, is dotted by many of Arizona’s best wineries, plus an array of arts and culture destinations and some fine dining restaurants. Stay with us at the authentic Sonoita Inn, sample wines from Callaghan Vineyards and Dos Cabezas WineWorks, and feast at delicious southwestern local restaurants. Starting at $180.00 this deal includes accommodations, wine tastings, and meals. The full itinerary and registration details can be viewed here.

Hubbard Family Swim School Get the kids involved this summer vacation with affordable and active swim lessons for children ages 8 weeks to 12 years old. Hubbard is committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child centered environment. They offer a variety of classes, including baby/parent class, group lessons, teams, and special needs programs for any skill and interest level. Contact any of their 3 Arizona locations to view schedules and get your child enrolled this summer.

CSA share from Chow Locally.

Chow Locally Chow Locally makes healthy and sustainable eating easy. By joining the Chow Share program, you not only get healthy, fresh, ethically produced food at an affordable price, you support your local farmers and communities. Each week you'll receive the best produce that Arizona farmers have to offer. At Chow Locally they work with a large number of Arizona food producers and through their Chow Share subscription program pack a box full of produce just for you. From the field to your home in a matter of days! 


Sunharvest Solar SunHarvest Solar is  a local company serving the valley since 2009 specializing in both residential and commercial solar paneling.  To date, Sunharvest has installed over 13 Megawatts of solar on over 2,500 homes.  This company prioritizes education and transparency when helping people make the switch to solar and offer low-cost financing. If you've been looking to make the change to being more environmentally friendly and save money on your electricity bill, contact Sunharvest Solar for a free quote.