Or just discretionary spending?
I registered for four races in the last month. The actual races are the remainder of my races for 2013, so are spread over the next three months, but I paid for them all at the same time (AKA the last day of September because prices went up on October 1.)
While this particular registration bender was not as bad as some (I did a good job of mixing in some inexpensive races), it did give me pause.
Is serial racing a poor fiscal choice?
This is really hitting home for me as I contemplate the races I need to reach Venus. While I will be doing my best to register early, find local races (or ones where I can crash at a friends’ house), and choose smaller less expensive races, it’s still going to be a hefty investment. And is it really a good investment? Or is it frivolous to spend money to reach an arbitrary goal that means nothing in the grand scheme of things?
I know I’m preaching to the choir here. Most of you are runners and most do at least a few races a year. And it’s not like I’m stealing food out of the mouths of my children. We all have areas that we spend because we want to, not because we need to. (And I’ve traded in my shoe habit for a race habit LOL).
What say you, friends in the computer? Do you have a “race budget”? Do you allow yourself only a certain amount of races per year? Or do you feel that as long as you can fit it into your budget and still reach your other financial goals, that it’s ok to race as often as you want?
(Yes, I live in the DC metro area. Yes, the government is shut down. Yes, that has something to do with my thoughts about money. No, I’m not going to get all political on you.)