I've been wanting to get a tenor sax for going on five years now, since when I graduated from high school. I've got a tax refund for about $3100 coming in, which would be about a month's paycheck for me. The sax is gonna be about $2300.
Alternatives include such noble pursuits as cutting the rest of my car loan in half, paying my college loan for a year, putting most of it aside for my upcoming security deposit on a rental, etc. Probably more responsible, but I've never been a particularly responsible person in terms of saving money. I am way ahead on loan payments at the moment, though; car's not due til July and my college loans are good til April.
I haven't even received the refund check yet, but I'm not generally someone to give much of a fuck and I've got about $10k saved up anyway, so it's not like I'll be hurting for anything soon. What should I do, /adv/?
1. Blow the whole check on shit I want and party, woooo
2. Buy the sax, use the rest on payments
3. Use half on the sax, dedicate at least $1500 towards loans and pay the rest of the sax with my saved money
4. Be a good little boy and dump all of it into one of my loans
I'd pay off my car loan in full but I'm keeping it around for credit.
Actually, hey, the federal refund check just came in. Better give me advice fast, nerds.
Saxophones are for faggots.
There is no music written for them except for meme music and "jazz".
Save yourself the trouble and crush that dream now.
If you want to play an instrument, play a real one
Your anger only fuels my passion, /adv/.
Already taken care of, bud. Don't project, now.
Though you do have a point with FL Studio.
Rent a sax. There's no point to spending that much as a beginner, for any instrument.
Then as you learn shit (IF you stick with it) you'll have a better idea what to buy for yourself later.
Sorry, I should have clarified that; I played for 8 years in high school, but unfortunately the two times I tried to enter bands at college either night classes didn't let me or I couldn't rent one.
I still do sax fingerings whenever I'm thinking of a melody for something stuck in my head and play along. It's been kind of a hole in my life for a long while.
and what a long 8 years they were
(*8 years, through high school)
Dunno if that was just replied too late, but obviously yes as I just said. This and I've played bass for 6 years.
Buy the sax, friend.
I've been wanting a tenor sax myself for several years (I played when I was younger, but sold my old one to pay for tuition when I was in college). Anyway, hopefully I'll be getting one soon enough.
Don't let your dreams sit and fester, do something about it now, so you have time to enjoy it.
I guarantee all if your loans have a higher interest rate than all the returns on your savings. Use the refund to pay off a loan and use your saved money to buy the sax then use all the money you would have spent on entertainment vs sax practice (probably about $15 a week) to pay off additional loans to avoid interest payments vs investing for pennies a week.
I like the last answer the best.