I took my dog to the vet for the second time in the less than two months I’ve had her. After tackling roundworm, hookworm, and fleas (oh my), it turns out she also has a yeast infection. In her ear. Didn’t even know that was possible.
I was joking with my friends that I got a lemon of a dog when my friend Jen brought up an interesting idea, “Well, these are start up costs.”
Think of any new hobby or really anything when you first start out doing it. There are start up costs in terms of equipment, time, supplies, gear… I am hard pressed to think of anything that doesn’t require some money out front.
My most expensive hobby is probably skiing. There was the initial costs of skis, boots, poles, and warm clothing were substantial. Maintenance costs include an occasional lift ticket and gas money towards driving to find cheap or free places to cross country ski. I justified these costs as an investment in my winter health and sure enough, I’ve been using my gear for at least ten years.
My least expensive hobby is probably writing. A bound blank book and a gel pen can last me a year no problem. (I’m sure I could get by even cheaper but it’s easier to write when things are pretty, people!)
Even things that are less fun have start-up costs, like a security deposit with the rent or a down payment on a car.
I’ve been wondering if these start up costs keep more money saving types from trying new things. I know I personally hold back a bit. But is it because I want to save a few bucks or is it an excuse to keep doing what I know? It’s a question I now ask myself before that automatic ‘no’ response because it’s important to keep in mind.
What about you, Almost Frugal friends? Do start up costs keep you in a rut? If they don’t, what’s something you did that had worthwhile start up costs? (P.S. I can respond to your comments this week as I am now officially out of the woods and back to the world of internet and electricity!)