|Walt Disney World Marathon. Look how far back that line|
of people goes. And people run in costume (not me).
Fast forward six or so years, and I now run about four half marathons a years plus other races sprinkled in between. Every spring, I go a little crazy registering for these things, and this year there are more races than ever. So far this year, I've run two half marathons and a 10k. The typical half marathon costs ~$50, and the one I'm doing in August costs $100 (it had better be the best thing ever or I'm going to write them a strongly-worded letter! grumble), so I'm feeling a bit skint these days.
The trouble is, I need hobbies. People need hobbies. Certainly one could say that my hobby is frugality and saving money, but I don't need to do anything to make that happen--actually I just need to not do things to make that happen. Running these races gives me a goal to strive for, keeps me fit, and gives me bragging rights and a collection of ugly medals.
|The cat likes my medal collection, but he's already thinking about the next race|
Plus since these races only occur during a six-month period of the year, it seems a bit alarming when the charges start coming in for the registration fees, but if I spread it out over the course of the year, it's not so bad. I'm just brainstorming and thinking out loud, but how do other people with hobbies fund them? Perhaps I need yet another savings account for hobby money?
Honestly, I don't know what is a reasonable percentage of income to budget toward hobbies. No one ever seems to talk about that when they make up those spending/saving pie charts, it just all falls under "entertainment." I'm lucky in that my chosen hobby is pretty cheap after the initial startup cost of shoes and running gear (though I do tend to acquire more and more gear as the years go on--it's kind of a problem). Does anyone else have a sound strategy for dealing with hobby money?