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?

Think Before you Buy

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The Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Pot Filler

Danze Parma Pot Filler



Danze D205058SS Wall Mount Filler

I’m the oatmeal cooker in our house.  So, when we started our new house build, the first thing I wanted was a kitchen pot filler.  It sounds lazy.  What?  I can’t walk two feet from the kitchen sink to the stove?  Agree.  It may be lazy, but it is Awfully Convenient and Fun.  Imagine cooking for your kids and filling up the pot right at the stove:

Danze Parma Pot Filler

New Home Pot Filler Installation 

If you are building a New Home, you need to tell your architect, framers and plumbers early on that you will be plumbing for a kitchen pot filler.  It is generally not on their checklist of things to do.  If you forget to do it early on, it will cost you a lot later.  The cost to plumb for a pot filler on a new house is not a lot.  For hardware and labor, you are looking at about $500.

How to Choose a Pot Filler

These are the Steps that we took in choosing our Danze Pot Filler

1). Get the Same Finish as your Kitchen Faucet:  Our Kitchen Faucet is Stainless steel.  So, we went to the Stainless Steel section of and started looking.

Danze Parma Pot Filler

2). Talk to your Plumber.  He may have recommendations on brands that will fit his hardware and your home.

3). Consider quality of construction.  Not all kitchen pot fillers are made the same.  Some will leak from the back end which will cause nightmares down the road.  Saving $100 bucks now, may lose you Thousands later.

4). Consider the Arm Length.  The Spouts will reach from about 14 inches to 22 inches.  The Danze D205058SS that we chose has a 22 inch reach.  A 14 inch pot filler will not do.  It won’t be long enough  to reach over a big pot on the front stoves:

Danze Parma Pot Filler

5). There are basically Five Finishes to Choose from.  Brass, Nickel, Chrome, Stainless Steel and Bronze.

How to Use a Pot Filler

The First day in our new house and the first time I used the pot filler, I accidentally turned on the outer faucet first, spraying water all over the stove and getting in trouble.

The Danze comes with an off turn faucet located at the back by the backsplash.  So if you turn this handle than the main water is off and you can’t accidentally turn it on.  We always leave this in the off position when not in use:

Best kitchen pot fillerWhen using the pot filler, turn on the back faucet and then the front handle will allow water to come out:

Danze Parma Pot Filler

Fold it back to the wall 

Make sure that your kitchen pot filler can fold easily back into the backsplash for a ‘put away look’.  The Danze does this no problem and it looks great:

One thing I would have done differently though is I would have had the plumbers plumb the kitchen pot filler on the side of the backsplash so that it folded in the middle of the backsplash.  Not a huge problem, but something I would do differently if I could go back in time.

Best kitchen pot filler

What are Other people saying about this pot filler?10-thinking

Most of the Reviews on Amazon are very positive.  These are reviews that I can trust.  I don’t see any review stuffing here.  Pretty un-biased representations of the actual product.

For instance, this review.  It just seems legitimate:



We have now owned the Danze pot filler for three years.  We have never had a problem with it.  No leaks.  Works great.  I use it almost daily.

Where to buy a Danze Pot Filler?

You can sometimes find them in your local plumbing stores.  However, your best bet is to get it on Amazon, it will likely be cheaper, there’s a better return policy and you can read all the online reviews:






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