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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Should i get a tandem bike or a bike trailer?

Why Buy a Tandem Bike?

Riding a Kent Dual tandem bike

I became interested in tandem bikes when I was watching shark tank with my wife and the Kid’s Bike without pedals. At the time, we had a son that was four years old and was yet to get onto a bike. He was not necessarily scared, but he is a lot more cautious than my other children. The only time he would ride a bike is sitting in the bike stroller with me pedaling:

Tandem Bike or Bike Trailer?

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I’m not Totally against Bike Trailers. In fact, we have had many fun bike rides with them as a family. However, have you tried going up a hill with two kids in the bike trailer? To me, the trailer acts as a parachute to the bike, pulling the bike backwards and making it very difficult to make any traction. I liked the exercise, but I wanted something a little easier.  Our children can ride the tandem safely at about 3 years old.  Younger than three and you should probably stick with the bike trailer.  Older than three and the child will learn balance on the tandem.  It is also much easier on the captain.

So, Why a Tandem Bike?

1). Enjoyable Ride with Children

I got my Tandem bike on my birthday. I bought it so that I could enjoy what I like to do (ride bikes) with my children. I would say that I love riding bikes. I am NOT a professional/amateur/or any other type of bike racer. You will not find me riding my bike with little black skin shorts and a helmet that points in the back. I like to take 5 mile or less rides and I like to take evening rides when the weather is nice. I prefer it over most forms of exercise. I am surprised at how much my bike riding has changed since the tandem bike. Every night before bed, all three of my kids over 3 years old ask to ride the bike with me. They prefer it over a bedtime story or ice cream snack. I enjoy it too.

Tandem bike review

2). Enjoyable Ride with my Wife

With four kids it is tough to find alone time with my wife. When we do get a babysitter, we usually end up going to the movie or some other form of lazy entertainment. Now, we just call over the neighbor and take a short ride on our tandem bike:

Riding a tandem bike with wife

3). It’s Funny to ride a Tandem Bike

If you have moved into a new neighborhood and want to make immediate friends, get a tandem bike. People will stare at you like you are a celebrity. You will get plenty of comments, laughs and smiles.

What to Consider when Buying a Tandem Bike?

1). Price

Maybe I’m cheap. Or, maybe it’s because I have four kids. I must find a good deal before I make a purchase. Before looking into the cost of double bikes, I had assumed that they would be close to $1000.00. I was surprised when I learned that I could get a good one for less than $500 and even less than $300. So, as I review some of the tandem bikes (double bikes) that are available on Amazon, we will first consider price and value.

2). Ease of Assembly

Fortunately, I have a next door neighbor who is a good friend of mine that happened to be a former bike mechanic. I paid him to assemble my tandem bike for me. It took him less than 30 minutes. After watching the process I am certain that I could do the next one on my own. You need to understand that I am not mechanically inclined. My toolbox consists of a flashlight and a pair of gloves. The flashlight for camping and the gloves for weed whacking. I did not have the tools or patience to attempt the assembly on my own.

3). Rider and Driver Experience

One thing I will say about my tandem bike. It rides great. I don’t have a lot to compare it against. I have never owned a racing bike or a Tour De France bike. My other bike is a mountain bike with 15 gears and large tires. It rides well, but it doesn’t glide along the pavement as quickly and seamlessly as my tandem does. You will be riding the tandem with a co-pilot. You want to make sure that the ride is safe and comfortable for both of you. How smoothly do the gears shift? How many speeds? Is it safe? Will it tip over? Shock absorbing seats? Smooth operation? Tire size? All considerations…..

4). Ability to be Transported/Stored

No question that tandem bikes are long. Really long. Want to put one into your suv? Not going to happen. You will end up riding it down the road like Tom Hanks did with his dog on Butch. You will need to have pretty good garage space to keep it stored properly. So really, you are looking at how heavy the bike is and how easily the wheels can come off and be transported. As far as storage in our garage, we bought a

5 Bike Bicycle Floor Parking Rack Storage Stand


It works great for our tandem bike. I just park the front tire in between the stand and the stand is sturdy enough to hold up the bike.


How to Transport a Tandem Bike?



Very Carefully…….This Yakima Sidewinder Tandem Bike Mount sold on Amazon is a rooftop carrier that is designed to carrier tandems safely. Designed with a swing out arm to make it easier to load and unload. It is possible and even described in the listing and user reviewers that this is a one person job. A very well engineered rack and is the best mount for tandem bikes that I have found.


5). Look and Durability

You want a tandem bike that looks good, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT IT. If you don’t like the attention, you may want to get a mountain bike. You need a bike that is going to last a long time and not need expensive or inexpensive repairs. This is definitely a factor in choosing the best tandem bike for you.

Riding a tandem bike with son

Kent Dual Drive Tandem Comfort Reviewandem Bike

11The Kent Dual Drive Tandem bike is the first bike that came up in the Amazon search engine when I typed in “Tandem Bike”.  It was somewhat late at night and I titled the screen over to my wife, “Hey I think I want this bike for my birthday.”  She looked at the price and the close to 5 star rating on Amazon and we bought it.  Our family has thoroughly enjoyed it.  I must make one disclosure however, we are not a hardcore biking family.  We don’t have a bike rack or trailer for our SUV and I don’t own skin shorts, a yellow silk shirt or a helmet with a backwards point on it.  For our occasional family use, it has been great.  I USE IT FOR SHORT, PLEASURE RIDES WITH MY CHILDREN AND WIFE.  I don’t know how it would work on a long trek.

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Bad Tires?

I don’t know if they are good or bad, but they don’t seem great.  My back tire popped after a while and I had to carry the back home.  Not a Huge deal, but I will be upgrading the tires.  However, to be fair we live in an area with an unusual amount of goat-heads.  I’m sure that is what did it.


Update on the Tires:

14I took off the Front and Back tires and took them into the shop.  By the way, the process of taking off the tires was easy, even for me.  The shop said that the tires are fine but for the area that I live in, it is better to get tires that are treated so the goatheads don’t have as much effect.  Whatever.  Cost $40 bucks and I now have a lifetime warranty on my bike’s tires and it rides even better.  


best tandem bike on amazon


An Overall 5 Star beginner’s Tandem bike.  First of all you can’t beat the price.  Secondly, assembly is not too bad (even though I cheated with my bike mechanic neighbor).  We have thoroughly enjoyed this bike as a family.  I get home from work and the first question from my kids is “Dad can we ride the big bike together?” And it is not a chore to me.  I enjoy it as much as they do.

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