Should I Buy It ?

Is this a

or a

A need is something that although you can live without, you feel it is necessary

A want id something that you desire to have, but life would certainly go on without it

Do you already have something similar?

This question helps you consider whether this upgrade is entirely necessary. Sometimes, we are mentally persuaded to make an on the spot purchase for something that will likely just be used once and then stored away. Consider whether you already have something that is comparable and that works. Over time you may find that self discipline when making purchases is more satisfying.

Am I going to tell your Spouse/Partner about this purchase?

We are firm in the belief that all purchases should be discussed with anyone you share finances with. These conversations MAY BE DIFFICULT at times. We may feel that some purchases are better not disclosed. Unfortunately, many have made the mistake of attempting to hide their spending habits. Often, they are found out. But even if not found it, there is a secrecy that is not healthy. So, be healthy. Have the difficult conversation before you make the purchase. Your relationship will improve as you openly and honestly discuss all purchases with your partner or spouse.

Can I borrow it from someone?

Some people just hate borrowing stuff from a family member or neighbor. We have become an increasingly sheltered society. We don’t like to go to our neighbors houses. We prefer to have it all on our own. Consider whether we can be a little more neighborly and share what we have, so that others may want to do the same in return.

Is this a Credit Card Purchase?

Your #1 goal should be to get out of consumer debt. You likely got into consumer debt by making purchases that didn’t have to be made. Sorry to be stubborn on this issue, but you should probably spend any loose change at paying down debt and award yourself when you are debt free.

Have I asked my Friends/Family about it?

If you are planning on making a large purchase, it is often wise to send out a text/tweet/facebook message before you pull the trigger. Often, someone in your social network will have recommendations for a cheaper option, a discount or will persuade you from the purchase. When making a large purchase (or small) it is nice to run it by someone else first.

Is this a soul or body improving purchase?

Tools are required to improve our souls and lives. If you are into yoga, you will need a yoga mat and equipment. If you are into meditation, you will need instructions. If you play sports, you may need a ball. If you are a runner, you need shoes and clothes. These are the types of purchases that increase our overall health and wellness and align us with the centers of our spirituality. We always recommend these purchases. As they increase our energy and often decrease our need for consumption.

Can I delay the purchase?

If you can delay a purchase for a month or two, it might be wise to do so. The longer you delay, the longer the lifespan of your current product. Sometimes when we delay, the desire to purchase goes away entirely. Try to stay away from emotional or trigger purchases.

Have I looked for a lower cost alternative?

Just because it is on Amazon, doesn’t mean it is the best price. Some prices are actually inflated on Amazon. Amazon doesn’t set the prices, individual sellers in the market place do. All you have to do is GOOGLE the item you want to purchase. You will see immediately if Amazon is the best price.

Is this purchase within my budget?

If you are making a purchase that is outside of your budget, you should sit down and reconsider whether the benefit outweighs the cost. It is more prudent, financially, to budget in for this purchase in next months budget. Than you have a cool down period to re-think what you are about to buy.

Can I get this product used?

Although used is not always better, some products are almost as good in used condition (golf clubs, vehicles, books). Check on ebay and your local thrift stores and Craigslist. Ask friends, neighbors or family if they have a used version of the product you are interested in. Often times a used product is just as reliable as a new one and you can get it for Half the Price or better.

Have I googled for discounts or coupons?

A lot of websites have free coupons online all the time. You can easily save 20% or more by doing one search.

Is this Toy or other Product that will end up at the Bottom of Storage Box?

Consider all of the items in your house that you never use. Never use means less than once a year. There are tons of these products. They are everywhere. If your purchase will be used once and then will wind up in the Goodwill sack, reconsider what you are about to do.

Moderation on Kids Toys:

We are really down on toys. Not that toys are bad, just that the over consumption of toys for kids is getting out of hand. A gift or two at Christmas and for a birthday are nice memories that can bring families together. Spontaneous purchases of toys that we buy in hopes that are kids will use them, is just not a good idea.

Are you stressed out or depressed?

Some people make emotional purchase to try to fill voids in their life. Maybe you are stressing out about relationships, jobs or life in general. If this is the case, we recommend taking a walk, talking to a counselor, communicating with a trusted friend. WE DO NOT recommend making purchases in this state of mind. This is where spending becomes addictive and negative.

Is this a selfish purchase?

Purchasing things for yourself is good. But when we become selfish about our consumption and forget about others, this is where we spending can become negative. So have you considered a friend in need? Have you looked at donating to a charity?

Is this a gift for someone else?

On a Balance, sometimes giving a nice gift that will improve a relationship is more important than the cost (within reason). So we allow you to remove some spending inhibition when you are doing it for someone else. Especially when this is an anniversary or birthday present.

Are you a cheapskate?

Nobody likes a cheapskate. So shake off your conditioned response to spending money and open your wallet a little.

Are you buying a book or educational material?

If yes, go for it.

Will buying this make you happy in the long run?

Think of the things you have purchased in your life. Out of these things, which of them do you still derive satisfaction from?

Will this purchase encourage outdoor/recreational activity?

Spending money on things that get you outside may boost your overall happiness and success. We recommend frisbees, hiking boots, camping gear, bicycles, anything that will keep you active and your mind fresh.

How Bad do you Really want to Buy this?

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Best Beginner Soprano Saxophone

Yamaha YSS 475 The Best Beginner Saxophone



 Soprano Sax was my First Music Love

I picked up the soprano saxophone later on in life, after I was married and had three kids.  I had never played any woodwind instrument before.  I had only played the trumpet in the 5th grade band.  I quit because I thought it was nerdy.  And I hated the sound.  No Jazz, no feel.  Just a loud fart noise.The first three weeks of playing the soprano saxophone were some of the most frustrating of any hobby I have ever previously performed (including golf and chess)  I couldn’t get the Soprano Saxophone to play well.  It sound bad and I was frustrated.  I got online to find the right instrument and accessories.  And I slowly began to improve with practice, a good instrument and a good mouthpiece.I did not take private lessons because I could not afford them.

Six Months later, I gave my first Christmas Concert:


It was the first time in life I have received a standing ovation.  I still remember the day.  It was emotional for me.  To conquer (I use this term very loosely, as I have hardly conquered it.  To me, this moment was a conquering of sorts), such a difficult instrument and actual entertain people with the joy of sound.

What Instrument do I prefer for a Beginner?

Definitely something in the Yamaha YSS Category of Soprano Sax instruments.

Here is a list of how I see it: If I am a beginner soprano saxophone player, the ONLY instrument that I’m going to be interested in purchasing is a Yamaha YSS 475 Series either I or II.



The Yamaha 475 is the nicest playing instrument for the beginner/intermediate soprano saxophone player on the market. I went to our local music store to rent the 475ii. They said they would charge me $300 per month (only refundable if I bought the instrument for $2500). Too expensive for me. It’s cheaper on Amazon. I did spend an hour playing it though and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It played so much easier than the horn I was struggling with. I used three different reeds with it and it played each of them beautifully.

Within 1 Year of playing, you will start vibing like this guy:


Or this Rendition of I’m Yours that I like:


Questions to ask before you purchase a soprano sax on Amazon


I have bought 3 soprano saxophones off of Amazon.  Generally, I prefer to make purchases of new instruments on Amazon, if available.  The difficulty is that Amazon has a very limited selection of soprano saxophones and they have virtually zero used soprano saxophones.  (Although now, the number of used soprano saxes on Amazon has increased).

1).  Who is selling it?  The first question I ask the seller or seek to find out on my own is if it is their instrument, if they play it or if it is a pawn shop type seller.  The first soprano sax I bought on eBay was from a ‘Non-Playing’ eBay seller that had Zero clue about the instrument or its playability.  I took a 100% risk on the first instrument.  Fortunately, I was not burned and I got it at a great price because the seller didn’t want it and didn’t know its value.  In fact, I watched it all the way until the end of the auction and the price continued to drop until it reached about 15 minutes left in the auction when she had dropped the price to 1/2 of its original asking price.

My second instrument I purchased from a musician, that took beautiful care of the instrument, but he also understood the value.  Before we completed the sell he let me call him and listen to him play.  He was a very good seller and I got a very good instrument, I didn’t get a great price though.

My third instrument was from a pawn shop.  It is the purchase that I am least proud of because they charged me full price for the used instrument and it had some definite issues that I spent quite a bit of money fixing after I got the instrument.

2).  Check the Mouthpiece: As discussed before, a good performing mouthpiece is absolutely critical.  Many eBay sellers will throw in a cheap mouthpiece with a decent sax.  They may break up the set to increase their sell value.  So, check what mouthpiece you will be getting.  You may already have a mouthpiece picked out and it may not be as important to you which mouthpiece is included with the instrument.

3). Ask when it was last serviced:  Inevitably, you will end up taking your used soprano sax purchased off of ebay into a technician to get it tuned up and fix any stick pads or air leak issues.  However, it is a good idea to ask the seller when it was last taken in.  This will give you an idea on its maintenance record.

4). Ask for the Serial Number:  If you are buying an upper level soprano sax, such as a selmer, yamaha or Yanigasawa make sure you get the serial number.  You want to know that it is not stolen and what the year is.  Here are the Selmer serial #’s.

5). Summary: I really believe that if you are diligent in your search efforts, you will likely find the best deal on a used soprano sax on Amazon or Ebay.  If you are a beginner like I am, I would definitely recommend your first couple of soprano sax purchases be used.  Spend as little money as you can before you really decide if this is the instrument that suits you.

Now Check out the Best Soprano Saxophone Mouthpieces

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