Spectating: $0/ year
Austin doesn't have any major professional teams and buying tickets to any UT games costs more than I want to spend now that I'm not enrolled in any classes. For now, I'm sticking to cheering for the local marathon and triathlons then watching other sports on TV.
Exercise/ Training: $450/ year
If I started running, swimming, and cycling from scratch, I'm sure I'd be spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars collecting everything I need ($800 bicycle, $50 helmet, $75 cycling shoes, $150+ clothes for running/ cycling, $50 swimsuit... wow!) Now that I've been participating in those sports for a few years, there are only a few pieces of new gear that I need to pick up each year:
These were kinda free..
Running clothes: $0
Thankfully, many of the races I participate in include technical running shirts with the entry fee. Having an ever-growing collection of shirts makes it so that I don't have to spend anything on tops. Honestly, my sock, sports bra and short collection is pretty set as well.
Running shoes: $350
Buying new shoes every 300-400 miles is a MUST for any runner wanting to prevent injury (and awful blisters). Usually my Brooks shoes cost around $100 after the coupons that I use at my local running store. If I luck out and find my favorite shoe on sale, I'll always buy more than one pair (my dad uses online stores to buy all of his shoes on sale).
Swimming gear: $60
I'll usually buy a new swimsuit and pair of goggles each year.
Pool fees: $40
During the summer I can swim in the public pools for free, but I usually have to spend around $40 in pool entry fees during the off-season so that I can keep in triathlon shape.
Cycling gear: $0
I'm so thankful that I've already bought these things! Jerseys can cost $50-100 and shorts go for around the same. Don't even get me started on Nate's gear (somebody has a $2,000 bike!).
What can I say, it really motivates me to have a race to train for! Nate and I keep ourselves busy by running races all winter then competing in triathlons in the summer. I never feel guilty about participating because I know that most of the money goes to charity. Here's a breakdown of where that money went in the past year(April 2009- March 2010):
(You can see my shadow taking the picture on the bottom left.)April: $30 10k; $25 5k
May: $50 sprint tri (promotional price)
June: $45 70 mile bike ride
July: $85 sprint tri
Oct: $30 10k
Sept: $30 marathon relay
Nov: $23 5 mile; $50 10 mile
Dec: $50 1/2 marathon
Jan: $55 1/2 marathon; $50 20 mile
Feb: $125 marathon
March: $30 10k
I said that we keep busy...
Grand total: $1,128/ year or $94/ month
Now you know what I do with the money I save on groceries!
How much do you spend on your sports? Anyone have season tickets for an NFL team? Do you participate in a really expensive sport like horseback riding or yacht racing?
PS What music do you like to listen to while you run? I have a 5k in a week and I'd like to download a few new songs.