5 Must See National Parks Close to Utah

sebastien-gabriel-108391-unsplashExperience nature first-hand, rejuvenate your health and conveniently escape on an affordable trip to nearby national park. Every park has a personality and if the fresh air isn’t enticing you yet, this list just might get you in the traveling mood!

Zion National Park – Utah

Surround yourself with massive cream, pink and red sandstone cliffs that soar into the sky. With beauty too stunning for mere mortals, Zion’s unique variety of plants and wildlife enchants visitors as they absorb the rich history of the past while enjoying exhilarating present day adventures.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

The world’s very first national park has been marveling visitors for more than 100 years. Colorful hot springs, waterfalls and geysers unfold the drama of the natural world at Yellowstone. With more than two million acres of protected wildlife and flourishing plant life, there is something for everyone to enjoy from hiking to roadside picnics.

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

Whether you are visiting the north, south or west rim, the Grand Canyon’s immense size, geological colors and erosional forms are sure to overwhelm your senses.  The 277-mile-long, 18-mile-wide and one-mile-deep canyon offers awe-inspiring views along with seemingly endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

Yosemite National Park – California

Known for its breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias and the remarkable El Capitan and Half Dome granite cliffs, Yosemite offers tranquility like no other. With 1,200 square miles of deep valleys, grand meadows, a vast wilderness and much more, this icon of America’s natural beauty attracts more than a million visitors and nature enthusiasts each year.

Glacier National Park – Montana    

Discover solitude and more with Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. Hikers and adventurous visitors can enjoy more than 700 miles of trails through the wilderness along with historic chalets and rustic lodges.

Utah’s Freshest Farmers’ Markets

canstockphoto28694393Support farmer’s markets and enjoy savory peak produce while meeting who grows your food and connecting with your community. Get out, taste the freshness and visit your local farmer’s market today!

Weber County

Harrisville Farmers Market
When: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m. June 24 through Sept. 2
Where: Harrisville City Park located at 1350 N. U.S. Highway 89
What They Offer: Local, fresh food!

Hooper Farmers Market
When: Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July through August
Where: Hooper City Offices located at 5580 W 4600 S, Hooper, Utah
What They Offer: Agricultural products, packaged and prepared food, baked goods, craft fair and non-profits.

Farmers Market Ogden
When: Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 through Sept. 17
Where: Ogden Municipal Gardens located at 343 Historic 25th Street.
What They Offer: Fresh, local produce, local artisans and producers, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. This year’s complete schedule.

Ogden Valley Open Market
When: Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk July through September
Where: Located at 2405 N. State Rd. 158, Eden, Utah
What They Offer: Fresh produce, food, homemade treats, a mini-market for kids and a full concert series.

Davis County

Layton F.E.S.T.
When: Every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 15 through Sept. 30
Where: Layton Commons Park Constitution Circle at 437 N. Wasatch Drive
What They Offer: Farmers, Entertainment, Shopping and Trucks!

Bountiful Farmers Market
When: Every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 16 through Oct. 13
Where: 100 S 100 East, Bountiful, Utah
What They Offer: Family fun, food and local shopping!

Syracuse City Farmers Market
When: Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to dusk July 6 through Sept. 28
Where: Founders Park located at 1904 W 1700 S, Syracuse, Utah
What They Offer: Prepared food, retail products, cottage foods and produce.

USU Botanical Center Farmers Market
When: Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 7 through Sept. 22
Where: Located at 875 S 50 W, Kaysville, Utah
What They Offer: Local Produce, gourmet food, artisans, entertainment and children’s activities. Learn more about their weekly special events.

Salt Lake County

Downtown Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June through Oct.
Where: Pioneer Park located at 300 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, Utah
What They Offer: Local fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, eggs, dairy products, honey, flora, baked goods, sauces, spreads and more.

Downtown Harvest Market
When: Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to dusk August 9 through Oct. 18
Where: Gallican Center located at 239 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah
What They Offer: More than twenty farmers, producers and packaged food vendors along with entertainment including pickle ball, foosball, cold beer and the “Big Band Dance Night.”

People’s Market/9th West Farmers Market
When: Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June through Oct.
Where: The Gallivan Center located at 239 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah
What They Offer: Local artisans, fresh, prepared food, local produce and live performances by local musicians.

Wasatch Front Farmers Market
When: Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June through Sept.
Where: Wheeler Farm located at 6351 S 900 E, Murray, Utah
What They Offer: Local farmers, food artisans, bakers, artists and musicians.

Sugar House Farmers Market
When: Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 10 through Oct. 16
Where: Sugarmont Plaza located at 2232 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah
What They Offer: Local farmers, vendors and purveyors.

South Jordan Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 1 through Oct. 31
Where: South Jordan City Hall located at 1600 W. Towne Center Drive, South Jordan, Utah
What They Offer: Fresh produce, honey, baked goods, sweets, tamales, breads and tasty salsa recipes.

5 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

julian-gentilezza-351164-unsplashSo, you’re considering making your first home purchase? Congratulations! The home buying process provides both thrilling and nerve-wracking experiences at the same time. Although it’s difficult to know what to expect, we gathered a few tips to help you smoothly achieve your home ownership dream.

  • Ready your finances

One of the most important factors in purchasing a home includes your credit score. This single number determines not only the loan rate but contributes to determining the loan amount as well. Obtain a copy of your credit report. Comb the report thoroughly for mistakes, unpaid or collection accounts. Resolve any discrepancies as quickly as possible. You also will need to line up a down payment. Larger down payments help you qualify for lower rates and larger loans.

  • Consider ALL expenses

When budgeting for a house, many first-time homebuyers underestimate the expenses involved. Typically, mortgages include principal, interest, taxes and insurance. Beyond the mortgage, consider how much utilities, commuting and upgrades will cost. Common utilities include sewer, gas, garbage, electric and internet. Ensure that you budget for all of these expenses when determining if you can afford a particular house.

  • Explore options

Research everything from loan options to agents. Many loan options exist to help a variety of homebuyers including conventional, FHA, VA and more. We recommend exploring alternative finance options such as grants along with state and local assistance programs as well. The right agent, one who truly advocates for you, will make navigating all of your options much easier.

  • Acquire preapproval

Although being preapproved isn’t a guarantee, the letter does show that the mortgage lender checked your credit and verified your income to determine the amount you qualify to borrow. Some lenders even give full underwriting preapprovals that do guarantee the loan. Preapproval letters give you an edge over the competition with sellers seeking smooth, quick deals.

  • Hire the right agent

You will be working closely with your real estate agent through out the entire purchasing process. It is essential that you find someone who works hard for you and that you get along with well. The right agent should be highly skilled, experienced, motivated and knowledgeable about your desired neighborhoods and the current market. Give us a call today. We’re happy to help find the perfect fit for you!

4 Down Payment Tips

canstockphoto16986987The process for saving a down payment when purchasing a home may seem overwhelming at first. Never fear, we’re here to help. Breaking the process into small, actionable pieces might just help you afford a home sooner than you expected.

Calculate what you can afford

Your first step in saving for a down payment includes deciding what you can afford what you are looking for in a home. Start by making a list of basic requirements including size, location, school districts, etc. When determining affordability, calculate the potential monthly payment plus homeowners’ association fees, taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance and other related expenses. We recommend using one paycheck to cover all homeowner expenses if you’re one half of a dual income partnership.

Determine how much a down payment you need

We recommend saving at least 20 percent of the purchase price. Lenders require 20 percent or more down for a conventional loan. Although, other loan options exist which require much smaller down payments, some as low as 3.5 percent. However, these loans require that you pay mortgage insurance. This insurance protects lenders if borrowers default on their loans. Once you know the price range you can afford, use this down payment calculator to get started saving.\

Create savings plan

One tip to help you save includes automating portion of your income. Options vary from choosing a fixed amount to choosing a percentage from either your paycheck or checking account. Whichever option you choose, deposit the portion into a separate cash savings account. You also can try the $5 bill savings plan where every time you receive five dollars as change you set it aside. Also, consider setting aside raises, bonuses and tax refunds. Combining all of these tips will help you get into your new home that much quicker.

Build your equity

After all of the scrimping and saving, you deserve a congratulations for making your home purchase, but the benefits don’t stop there. As you make your mortgage payments each month, you own more and more of the property that builds equity over time. Equity that you can later use for a larger down payment on your next home or for an investment property. Either way, building equity ultimately builds your wealth.

Spring Time Means Listing Time

canstockphoto9975867Spring is the perfect season to sell your house. The flowers are in bloom and buyers are coming out of hibernation. You also will get a completely new buyer pool as more and more millennials join the home buying party each year. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

Think 60 seconds

In just one minute, buyers will decide if they want to consider your home. Consider your curb appeal. You don’t want to turn buyers off before they even get inside. Start with trimming trees and bushes, washing the driveway, front walk, house and patio. In addition, buyers often linger at the front door while waiting for their agent to open the lock box. A fresh coat of paint on the door could be your chance at a great first impression.  

Too much stuff

Your belongings have a special place in your heart, but not the buyer’s. One mistake many sellers make is that their stuff is taking up space that makes their home look smaller. Clutter will turn off buyers, as will large and awkward furniture pieces. Start by going through all of your furniture and closets with a discerning eye. Toss what you can and pack up the rest. Stripping your closet and home down to the bare necessities will highlight the space and storage your home offers.

List at the right price point

Today’s buyers are savvy shoppers. They think there is something wrong with a home priced too low while high prices turn them off. Furthermore, overpriced homes that stay on the market for more than 90 days are extremely difficult to sell. Ensure pricing your home right the first time by being reasonable. Even though prices are rising in many areas, make sure to compare your home to similar properties on the market in your neighborhood. You also should compare similar homes that have recently sold.

Ski Resorts In Utah—The Ultimate Guide Part 2

 

canstockphoto513220It’s no surprise that “The Greatest Snow on Earth” is home to a number of world-class ski resorts. We’re giving you an insider’s look at Utah’s major resorts to help you decide which slopes you need to thi this season.

Last time we shared the first six resorts we recommend, and now we’re delivering the rest.

Before you load up the car and head to the mountains, consult our insider’s guide (parts one and two!) to Utah’s many amazing ski resorts.

 

Park City Mountain

Park City, Utah

Best for local nightlife

This mega-resort boasts 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, which is the most lift-served acreage in the country. And after you’ve spent a day exploring the Greatest Snow on Earth, there’s no where better to unwind than on Park City’s Historic Main Street. The former mining town is home to 64 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and you can find gourmet dining, casual eats, and live local music all just minutes from the slopes.

What the Locals Say

This giant resort shows 3.5 stars on Yelp and enjoys plenty of love from Park City locals. Because Park City attracts so many celebs each year, locals like to share insider secrets. To hit the slopes like a local (even if you’re not), be sure you: buy lift tickets online to save, make reservations for dinner if you want to score a table at a local hotspot, and use the town’s extensive public transportation system to get around.

Little-known Facts

  • In 2015, Park City Mountain joined with Canyons Resort to make it one of the largest resorts in the country (#1 is next on our list)
  • Park City Mountain offers 8 terrain parks, 14 bowls, 1 superpipe, 1 mini-pipe, and 6 natural half pipes.

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Powder Mountain

Eden, Utah

Best for uncommon skiing experiences

Located just outside Ogden, Powder Mountain is the largest lift-served resort in North America, with a grand total of 8,464 skiable acres. And this resort makes the most of those acres, offering far more than the usual groomed runs. Adventurers can try in-bounds sno-cat skiing or explore the resort’s 1,200 acres of  “Powder Country,” where skiers get a taste of backcountry powder without leaving the boundaries of the resort.

What the Locals Say

The resort is affectionately called “Pow Mow” by the locals, and here’s what Salt Lake City skier Nicole F. has to say.

Pow Mow is the best resort I’ve been to so far. It’s a little far from where I live, but every run I’ve been on is perfectly suited for my snowboarding level. It has the greatest off-trail runs I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and everyone I’ve met there is so nice! Now if only they could move the entire mountain closer to the valley.”

Little-known Facts

  • Claims to be the first resort in the state ot welcome snowboarders, starting in the 1984-85 season
  • One of the only resorts in the nation to offer in-bounds sno-cat skiing
  • This year Powder Mountain Is limiting lift ticket sales to 1,500 per day to make sure the slopes don’t get too crowded

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Snowbasin Resort

Huntsville, Utah

Best for slopeside eats

Even though this northern Utah resort is often overshadowed by flashier ski hills in the canyons, Snowbasin is worth a second look. You can enjoy 3,000 acres of terrain as well as a 3,000 vertical drop. Snowbasin sees an average of 300 inches of snow every year, and has been recognized by SKI Magazine for its outstanding dining options. Locally-sourced food is front-and-center at the resort’s five slopeside eateries.

What the Locals Say

Reviewers give Snowbasin 4.5 stars on Yelp. They can’t stop gushing about the beauty of this mountain gem. Another consistent point of praise is the friendly staff.

Employees are great,” Patricia E. from Brigham City, says/ “Haven’t met a single grumpy employee in the two seasons we’ve been here & skied…They say thank you for joining us and thank you for coming when we leave. Lift personnel are friendly, helpful, and polite—even if  you ‘bust it’ getting on the lift.”

Little-known Facts

  • Host to the Downhill, Super G, and Combined races during the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Repeatedly recognized in the top three for dining offerings by SKI Magazine
  • Children under 7 ski for free

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Snowbird

Snowbird, Utah

Best for serious skiers and snowboarders

It starts as you wind your way up Little Cottonwood Canyon, and by the time you board the Aerial Tram to Hidden Peak, you’re completely transported to a spectacular winter wonderland. Snowbird boasts 2,500 skiable acres and a whopping 169 runs. With around 500 inches of the white stuff every season, and 73% of its terrain classified as intermediate and expert, Snowbird is one of Utah’s must-see resorts for serious snow sport lovers.

What the Locals Say

Snowbird captured a 4-star Yelp rating. Howie O. from Salt Lake City cements the resort’s rep as a spot for serious skiers.

Love this place but it is not for the weak. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of places for beginners to roam, but you can also find black diamonds from top to bottom. Good tree skiing and if you are brave you can find plenty of steeps that most resorts would never let you into.”  

Little-known Facts

  • Snowbird is home to Wasatch Adaptive Sports, a program that focuses on providing recreational programs for people with adaptive needs
  • Oktoberfest keeps the resort hopping during the summer, featuring local brews and activities like the Alpine Slide, Mountain Coaster, and authentic polkas.

 

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude, Utah

Best for a laid-back day on the slopes

Hidden away somewhat in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude lives up to its name. Skiers love the shorter lines and less-crowded slopes. With 77 runs on 1,200 groomed acres there’s plenty of room to enjoy the powder and take in the spectacular mountain views.

What the Locals Say

Solitude enjoys a 4-star rating on Yelp, and regulars to the mountain, like Benjamin R. who visits from New Jersey, have a lot to say about why they love it.

I’ve come to Solitude three to five times in my life and it has always been a great experience. I brought my girlfriend with me this time because of the bounty of both intermediate, groomed terrain (for both of us to enjoy) and the steeps and more wild terrain (for me). It worked out just as I planned! The day before, at Park City, we got on the mountain at 10:30 and skied two runs by 12:15 due to lift lines. At Solitude, if there was a lift line it was two minutes long.”

Little-known Facts

  • Solitude’s Nordic Center provides nearly 20 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails, plus 10 kilometers dedicated to snowshoe trails
  • One of the first resorts in the country to adopt an RFID lift ticket system
  • The resort was founded by uranium tycoon Robert M. Barrett, from Moab

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Sundance Mountain Resort

Sundance, Utah

Best for a ski vacation getaway

Not to be confused with the film festival that shares its name, Sundance is a rustic, mountain hideaway that provides everything you need for an unforgettable ski adventure. After hitting some of the resort’s 5,000+ acres on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos, you can retire to your room, enjoy world-class dining, or take advantage of the full-service spa.

What the Locals Say

Yelp give Sundance 4.5 stars, and locals find its outstanding offerings worth the cost of admission.

My wife and I just finished our 3 day 2 night staycation at the rustic and beautiful Sundance Mountain Resort. When I booked this weekend getaway, I was a little taken back at how pricey it was.  However, after actually spending our weekend here, the prices seem very fair,” Andre H. from Provo shared. “Our room was cozy, clean, and very comfortable.  It has a cabin theme, and a real fireplace!! We love how close Sundance is to Utah county. The resort is not as big and touristy as Park City, but it makes for a much more quaint and personal experience. We will definitely be coming back again soon.”

Little-known Facts

  • Founded in 1969 by Robert Redford
  • Alpine skiing started in the Sundance area in 1944
  • Sundance uses wind to power its lifts—preventing around 1,160 tons of climate-warming dioxide from entering the atmosphere

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Which Utah resort is your favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments, below.

 

Ski Resorts In Utah—The Ultimate Guide

canstockphoto16835301Living in Utah comes with many perks, and “The Greatest Snow on Earth” is probably the most well-known. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth year hitting the Utah slopes, we want to help you make it the most memorable. Before you load up the car and head to the mountains, consult our insider’s guide to Utah’s many amazing ski resorts.

Because so many great resorts call Utah home, we had to split the list into two posts. Take a look at the first six (presented alphabetically) below, and watch for the final round in an upcoming post.

 

Alta Ski Area

Alta, Utah

Best for a pure skiing experience

This skiers-only resort at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon covers more than 2,200 acres and boasts a 2,020-foot vertical. Alta averages more than 500 inches of snow each year for skiers of every skill level. But, if you want to hit the slopes with snowboard, Ata isn’t the place. Only skiers are allowed on Alta’s pristine runs.

What the Locals Say

Alta has 4.5 stars on Yelp, and locals like Granda M. can’t get enough.

“Alta is a great hidden gem for all ages…and has a positive atmosphere with a large terrain for beginners. If you have children, or even for adults, try this majestic, spacious resort with breathtaking views. You won’t be disappointed.”

Little-known Facts

  • Alta opened its first run in 1938
  • In 1939, $1.50 would get you a full-day lift ticket
  • Alta was deemed the best snow in North America by Zrankings

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Beaver Mountain

Garden City, Utah

Best for avoiding the crowds

Hidden away in the gorgeous mountains of northern Utah, Beaver Mountain offers a skiers paradise to enthusiasts who want to enjoy the snow and skip the crowds. It’s also one of the state’s most affordable resorts. Beaver Mountain offers more than 30 runs and 400 inches of annual snowfall.

What the Locals Say

Affectionately called, “The Beav,” this Logan Canyon ski area boasts 4 stars on Yelp.

Logan local Haley N. says, “ ‘Ski the Beav’ if you are looking for a great and affordable ski resort.”

“The Beav doesn’t have the terrain or speedy lifts of its neighbors to the south, but it makes up for it with stashes of local charm and value,” Whitney M. posted,

Little-known Facts

  • Family-owned since 1939, it might be the longest family-owned ski area in the nation
  • Beaver Mountain was off the grid until 1986
  • Beaver Mountain’s ski patrol is 100% volunteers

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Brian Head Ski Resort

Brian Head, Utah

Best for families

With 650 acres and more than 70 runs, this southern Utah resort is considered the most family-friendly, affordable ski experience in the Beehive state. Located in Dixie National Forest, and surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rocks, Brian Head also offers two tube parks, so you can enjoy the snow even if you’re not a skier.

What the Locals Say

Reviewers from nearby Salt Lake City, Vegas, and California give Brian Head 4 stars on Yelp, and shared what they love most.

“The resort has so many trails for all levels of snowboarders and skiers from beginner to expert. I also love how empty it is compared to Big Bear and Mammoth…Reasonable lift ticket prices, no crowds, and soft snow are keys to a perfect snow day for me”

Cathy N.

Little-known Facts

  • Has the highest base elevation in the state—9,600 feet
  • Brian Head operates a snow sport teaching facility for all ages and a state-licensed day care for little ones not ready to hit the slopes

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Brighton

Brighton, Utah

Best for beginners

Known as the place “where Utah learns to ski and ride,” this family-friendly resort offers classes for all ages and abilities. Brighton’s nationally renowned ski and snowboard school offers multi-week camps, group lessons, daily workshops, and private lesson. Situated atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton offers 1,050 skiable acres and regular night skiing until 9:00 p.m. Another big bonus is that kids under 10 ski for free with a paying adult.

What the Locals Say

Brighton has been voted number one for “Child/Family-Friendly Terrain” and “Best Value” more than six years in a row. Some of the reasons locals love Brighton so much include the friendly staff, night skiing options, and excellent ski and snowboard instructors.

Little-known Facts

  • Brighton was the first ski resort in Utah
  • During the holidays you might run into Santa on the slopes

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Best for world-class service

Since opening in 1981, Deer Valley has transformed the Utah skiing experience. It offers a 3,000-foot vertical drop and over 2,000 skiable acres. Deer Valley also provides first-class amenities and treatment in its award-winning lodges, spas, and restaurants—and don’t forget about the ski valets. The great combination of luxury and spectacular terrain led the readers of SKI Magazine to vote Deer Valley 2018’s number one ski resort in western North America.

What the Locals Say

Deer Valley scored 4.5 stars and Yelp, and has locals buzzing.

Deer Valley simply deserves 5-stars. I have been skiing the resort for close to 15 years and love it every time I’m there,” Ryan K. says. “The different mountains give you plenty of places to try out and they all have a unique feel to them. Some of my favorite ski runs include: Last Chance, Roamer, Ontario Bowl, Reward, and Perseverance Bowl just to name a few.”

Little-known Facts

  • At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Deer Valley hosted the freestyle mogul, plus both aerial and alpine slalom events
  • With 50 ski instructors on hand, it’s one of the biggest ski schools in the country
  • Deer Valley’s ski valets were some of the first in the industry—and thanks to them you no longer have to schlep your gear from the car to the runs

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Nordic Valley

Eden, Utah

Best for the budget

This might not be the flashiest or most well known Utah resort, but it’s one of our best-kept skiing secrets—especially if you want to hit the slopes without breaking the bank. This resort regularly offers $20 lift tickets and has one of the best family pass deals in the state. With just two lifts and 18 runs, Nordic Valley makes the most of its 500 skiable acres.

What the Locals Say

Nordic Valley scores 3.5 stars on Yelp, and is noted for its outstanding service and night skiing.

Where Nordic Valley lacks in size and short season they make up for it in customer service, family-friendly atmosphere, and a really good ski school. This is the perfect place for a family with young children and beginner-intermediate skiers,” says D.K. from Ogden.

Little-known Facts

  • Nordic Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary season this year
  • Offers the largest night skiing terrain, with 100% of the resort lighted and open for business

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

Which Utah resort is your favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments, below. And don’t forget to learn more about the rest of Utah’s premier resorts in Part Two, coming soon!

7 Books to Help You Save Money

book-2208044_640Saving money means effectively managing your money. One of the best choices you can make is learning this crucial skill Whether you are saving for a new car, new house, may be even a second house or retirement, get started today with advice and insight from these inspiring reads.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Author Sethi’s unique style keeps you interested through his entire six-week personal finance program. You are sure to master your money using the least amount effort with Sethi’s approach.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Don’t let the fact that Stanley and Danko first published this book 20 years go keep you from unveiling its secrets to monetary success. The authors apply more than 20 years of research to identify the seven characteristics of America’s richest folks.

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman

Although this book is geared toward those under age 25, Orman offers insight into growing your net worth. In reality, most everyone starts out with very little. She also breaks down the path to financial success.

Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of your Money by Alexa Von Tobel

CEO Von Tobel uses this book as her opportunity to distill all of the financial planning her company, LearnVest, gives to its clients. Since its inception in 2007, LearnVest has raised more than $69 million.

Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Thomas Corley

Corley managed to identify both “rich habits” and “poverty habits” by spending five years studying both the lives of the rich and the poor. He outlines these habits and the rest of his findings in his book.

The Investment Answer by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray

Goldie and Murray outline a general guide to investing. They focus on the five decisions that every investor must make. Among these decisions are making the choice to go it alone or invest with a professional along with allocating stocks, bonds and cash.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman, a Nobel-winning behavioral economist, will take you on a tour of the mind in this book. He explains the two systems that drive the way we think. You guessed it, one is fast and emotional while the other is slow and logical. He offers practical advice into how we make both our business and personal decisions.

8 Books to Help You Save and Manage Your Money

canstockphoto398680Managing your money to save will be one the best choices you ever make. Whether you are saving for a new car, new house, may be even a second house or retirement, get started today with advice and insight from these inspiring reads.

  1. I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Author Sethi’s unique style keeps you interested through his entire six-week personal finance program. You are sure to master your money using the least amount effort with Sethi’s approach.

  1. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Don’t let the fact that Stanley and Danko first published this book 20 years go keep you from unveiling its secrets to monetary success. The authors apply more than 20 years of research to identify the seven characteristics of America’s richest folks.

  1. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman

Although this book is geared toward those under age 25, Orman offers insight into growing your net worth. In reality, most everyone starts out with very little. She also breaks down the path to financial success.

  1. Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of your Money by Alexa Von Tobel

CEO Von Tobel uses this book as her opportunity to distill all of the financial planning her company, LearnVest, gives to its clients. Since its inception in 2007, LearnVest has raised more than $69 million.

  1. Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Thomas Corley

Corley managed to identify both “rich habits” and “poverty habits” by spending five years studying both the lives of the rich and the poor. He outlines these habits and the rest of his findings in his book.

  1. The Investment Answer by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray

Goldie and Murray outline a general guide to investing. They focus on the five decisions that every investor must make. Among these decisions are making the choice to go it alone or invest with a professional along with allocating stocks, bonds and cash.

  1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman, a Nobel-winning behavioral economist, will take you on a tour of the mind in this book. He explains the two systems that drive the way we think. You guessed it, one is fast and emotional while the other is slow and logical. He offers practical advice into how we make both our business and personal decisions.

  1. The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach

This is Bach’s practical and straight-forward guide to financial security. He lives by the maxim, “Pay yourself first.” Before worrying about anything else like taxes, investing or budgeting, focus on paying yourself for the work you do every day and put it aside to be dealt with later.

5 Tips for Back to School Success

canstockphoto38744860The distant sound of school bells ring as August comes to a close. The time to start planning for a smooth transition is now. Use the following tips for stress-free back to school prep.

1. Organize
Use the down time in summer to get and stay organized. Fill out any and all of the information packets the school sent out. Update emergency contact and health information records with the school. Mark important dates such as holidays and parent teacher conferences on your calendar. Last but not least, establish a night-before routine where clothes are picked out for the next day and supplied backpacks are ready to go.

2. Shop Around
Start shopping early in order to take advantage of sales and find the best deals. Determine what you need by going through your children’s wardrobes and discarding anything they’ve outgrown or worn out. Schools release their supply lists at different times, but you can still prepare by purchasing back-to-school staples. Basics include glue, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, Kleenex and more.

3. Develop Healthy Meal Plans
Planning and preparing the meals for the first week of school frees up your time and energy to deal with other stressors. Making a list and purchasing everything you need on the weekend not only saves time and money but also ensures more nutritious meals. For more ideas on back-to-school meal prep, visit Real Simple.

4. Adjust Schedules
Start thinking about and scheduling the family’s priorities for the first weeks of school. Before the new school year starts, discuss how much time will be needed for extra-curricular activities, homework and family time. Then you can create a family calendar where each family member marks down his or her own activities. Make sure the calendar is located in a common area so that everyone can reference it easily.

5. Plan for Homework
Establishing a set routine for studying and homework will help everyone be successful in school. Setting up a place for your child or children to study also eases homework frustrations. You will want to make sure the space is quite, well-lit, has plenty of working space and stocked with everything they need. For tips on creating a homework headquarters visit Parents.