Amid the boring rat race of life, it’s crucial to stimulate yourself with some hobbies. However, it’s all fun and games till you land on an activity where the dopamine surge comes at a high price. Here are ten incredible but costly hobbies shared by members of an online community.
1. Crafter’s Paradise: Budgeting Nightmare
Crafting makes you think that DIY is cheaper than buying the product. After all, why should you buy something for $100 when you can spend six weeks of your life making it for $500? However, the cost you pay is the equipment and time you spend. Another reason a user thinks crafting is excellent is that it’s two hobbies — doing it and shopping for it.
2. Warhammer 40k Costs 40k
According to one member, the easiest way to prevent your kids from having a drug problem in the future is by teaching them to play Warhammer. They will not have money left for anything else. While painting them yourself isn’t expensive, the actual models cost a fortune. If you’re building an army, prepare for your savings to vanish.
3. Flying High at High Cost
The cost of flying is also sky-high. One user mentions paying about $250 an hour when culminating the plane rental and instructor fee. However, a second member comments how playing a $100 game saved them thousands in ground school hours since they were already aware of the basics. Simulators and YouTube videos for the win!
4. A Wheel of Cheese, The Circle of Life
Making fancy cheese at home is fascinating. However, it’s more expensive than buying a reasonably-sized hunk of fancy cheese at the store. To make it by yourself, you have to factor in the hundreds you’ll spend on the ingredients, a couple of thousands on supplies and equipment, and months of your time. But hey, you do get a slightly larger, but not-as-good-as-the-store, tiny wheel of your own?
5. Let Go of the LEGO
One member calls it the “plastic crack” because of how addictive buying LEGOs can be. One member shares how they have $200 worth of sets sitting in their cart on Lego.com and another $600 on Amazon. This doesn’t even include their wishlists! At this point, they wish they could afford to invest in the actual company.
6. Becoming a Starving Artist
Playing musical instruments is not for the frugal. Numerous members share the sheer cost of the guitars, the lessons, and other guitar-related equipment. One member aptly states, “Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to play the guitar, and he never eats again.”
7. Skiing Down the Bank Balance
Now, skiing is only cheap if you conveniently ignore the cost of equipment, season passes, and travel. You may even be able to exclude the cost of accommodation if you stay at a hostel. Or, if hostels aren’t for you and you’re feeling fancy like one forum user, you can even sleep in your car!
8. Miniature Painting, Giant Price
The cost, in this case, tends to build up. You start with one piece; before you know it, you have acquired a whole collection. As one member shares, they have a pile of shame full in a duffle bag hidden under the bed. To help visualize the size of this bag better, they add that they’re five foot ten and can still lie down flat in it.
9. Vinyl: Marriage-Breaking Records
This hobby has caused many people problems in their marriage. One member had to go as far as to unsubscribe from all online record-buying forums. They don’t buy but can stop window shopping. However, the rising prices have forced many to stop, except for one who “can’t resist the expense and inconvenience of buying records.”
10. Horses: Man’s Best Friend (Premium)
As if conventional pets were expensive already, some folks decided to care for horses. However, while they may be financially ruined, one person says they won’t trade their horse for the world. Another person aptly describes the ordeal: “Want to know how to make a small fortune in horses? Start with a large fortune.”
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