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 Portable Stand up Desk on Amazon

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Speed Stand by HomeConcept

ALWAYS take measurements before you order one of theses portable stand up desks. They are NOT adjustable, unless you want to go really old school and put some books underneath them. 36" work top should be large enough for your laptop and mouse. Measurements: 36" Wide x 15" deep x 12" high (Generally designed for people 5'3" to 5'11" - if the desk you are using now is regulation height).
The price generally hovers around $70.00

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TALL Speed Stand by HomeConcept

These Speed stands are not going to blow you away with looks or quality, but they will do the job if you already have a desk and are looking for a cheaper alternative. Of course, they come in different colors.Measurements: 36" Wide x 15" deep x 15 1/2" high (Generally designed for people OVER 6'' tall - if the desk you are using now is regulation height).
The price generally hovers around $70.00

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Ergo-Stand - Convert Desk to Stand Up Desk

This Desk riser is hot but not burning hot. It is solid and heavy and probably a little more durable than the speed stands. Comes with non stick rubber feet like a duck. So, it won't slide off your table and crash into your co-employees leg, causing an injury, getting you sued and fired from your job.
The price generally hovers around $200.00

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The Original Stand Steady

The ORIGINAL stand ready desk looks more like an elementary chair that I used to sit in that you just kind of plop onto your work desk. I can't complain too much about the online reviews though. Amazon users are given it between 4 and 5 stars for functionality and ease of use. If you are looking for aesthetics, I would go with a wooden desk. Just by looking at it, I have some concern about it slipping off the desk.
The price generally hovers around $150.00

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Vari Desk Reviews

LOVE THE VARI DESK for a portable stand up option. First of all, it just looks better than the wood varieties. Don't get me wrong, I'm sticking with my wood portable stand up desk, because is great and I've had zero issues with it. However, if I were to start over, I would definitely consider the Vari Desk. Vari Desk used to be advertised on SkyMall. The benefits over the wood portable desk are: 1). The height is adjustable; 2). It looks better. 3). Easier to assemble (although the wooden one was easy and I'm a dummy).
The price generally hovers around $300.00

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Why a Portable Stand up Desk?

After years of sitting at my boring office job, I finally came to the conclusion that for my health and well being, I needed to start standing at work.  I created a makeshift stand up desk out of books:

Best Portable Stand up desk

Best Portable Stand up desk

I liked it so much that I googled “Portable Stand up Desk” because I didn’t want to spend the money for a new stand up work desk or station.  I wanted something cheap, like a podium that I could put on top of my current desk.  This worked perfectly.

Best Portable Stand up desk

It took me three days to get fully used to it.  Whenever I am working at my computer, which is most of the day, I stand.  Whenever I am on the phone or meeting with a client I sit.  I can’t imagine doing it any other way.

There are plenty more benefits of standing at work than sitting.  We will discuss these more in the blog.  The biggest change I have noticed is back strength and freedom from pain.  My spine feels like it is properly positioned now.

Portable Stand Up Desks are EASY and CHEAP

Portable stand up benches aren’t the best thing in the world.  However, they also aren’t the worst.  Think about this scenario.  You get hired in an office environment where you are put into an office or cubicle area where there is a desk and chair there for you.  Do you think your best course of action is to knock on HR or your Boss’ door and tell him that your office space isn’t sufficient and that you want him to buy you a stand up desk?  Yeah right.  Great way to start your new career.  Instead, if you already have a desk and don’t want or can’t afford to swap your current desk for a stand up desk, than your best option is to get a portable stand that is cheap and functional to place on top of your desk and allow you to stand.

 Price is generally between $50-$100*

Non-Adjustable – Easy to Assemble

Not going to lie.  Portable stand up desks are not the BEST option.  Frankly, if you can afford it, just go for the full on adjustable work desk station.  HOWEVER, if your are kind of CREEPING into the stand up waters and want to TRY it out, these portable stand up work desks may be your best option.  For me it was my only option.  I came into an office where their desks were already there and my boss wasn’t too excited about buying a new desk and having me move everything around.  So, I went with the portable stand up option and haven’t looked back since.  You have to be careful about measurements, because these are NON-adjustable.

Here are the assembly instructions for the Speed Stand up desk (took me about 25 minutes to put together).



The BEST Portable Stand up Desk?

Honestly?  I like mine.  I have had it for over 5 years now and it has given me no problems.  It is sturdy enough and looks good enough and was easy enough to put together.  They have in fact improved them a little and now call them a miracle desk.  It is just a GOOD, CHEAP option for a portable stand up desk.

Miracle Desk



Resources on the Health Benefits of Standing at Work


I knew that I felt better standing at work all day, and this was confirmed with with recent scientific studies of the health benefits of standing:

Blog: New Article says sitting at work as unhealthy as smoking

Blog: USAToday article says that if you sit all day, your odds of being disabled when older increase

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