I’m not really a big spender. I’ve been called a “cheap bastard” (lovingly) and am not ashamed to say I’m quite thrifty. I’m actually quite proud. There just aren’t many things that I care to spend my money on, but, when I do, I have coupons, promotional codes, or a specific deal… except when it comes to most of my running-related expenses.
In an effort to be even more critical of my spending after I bought my Honda Fit in 2010 (a 2009 base model, bought in September when the dealerships are desperate to clear out the older cars, of course), I decided to track the amount of money I would spend on race entry fees and membership renewals in 2011.
Total damage: $864.50
That number didn’t surprise me. In fact, I’m amazed it wasn’t more. 2011 was a busy year! If I had counted gear, travel, accommodations, and post-race beers, I’d probably have had a heart attack. (I’m looking at you, plane tickets to Switzerland! You too, Lululemon Athletica!)
The total hasn’t caused me to change the number of races I run each year, but I no longer wonder, “Where did all my money go?” when I look at my bank account. I may be cheap, but the money I spend on running is a no-brainer. It’s what I spend all of my non-work time and energy doing, planning for, or thinking about… so, why not?
Have you ever tracked your race fees, or other hobby-related expenditures?