So you want to buy a snowmobile, you say?
About 8 years ago, we moved to a snowbelt region. We moved in the month of January and I remember it snowed every single day for 3 weeks straight. It seemed like everyone in the area owned a snowmobile, and my husband was intrigued. This was during our great spending death spiral period and one day he decided to buy a brand new snowmobile on a WHIM. He called me from the snowmobile dealership as he was signing the papers. I was dealing with a preschooler and a “hell on wheels” toddler at that exact moment and just said “Oh, that sounds great honey,” and hung up the phone. I paused for a moment and thought, “Hmmm, I am not so sure about this.” I packed up the kids, jumped in the mini van and drove to the dealership.
When I got there, I stood outside peering in through the windows. I had one kid on my hip and the other clinging to my legs. My husband was standing at the counter with the salesman, and they both looked over and saw me. I must have been quite the vision standing out there with a look of despair on my face because the color drained from both their faces. When a wife shows up during the signing of the sale, it is anything but good news.
Long story short, he bought the snowmobile and the cost disappeared into our line of credit, all $10,000+ of it. Buying the snowmobile is just the beginning. You need equipment. Riders need a snowsuit to wear and since my husband does much of his riding over frozen water he opted for an expensive “floater” suit, designed to act as a life preserver if the rider falls through ice. Next boots, gloves and a heated helmet. Once equipped for the conditions, insurance, trail passes, licenses and registration are next. Not to mention the fuel and maintenance. Maintenance is key because he knows that his chances of buying another snowmobile during my lifetime are slim. LOL. He does drop hints though. Life would be much easier if he could just buy a brand new one. I pretend not to hear those comments.
Here is a snapshot of the costs of running the snowmobile , year to date.
The cost of ownership is not pretty.
You think that I would have learned a lesson here, and we could have avoided our hot tub debacle, but I guess some lessons don’t sink in so easily.
I have mixed feelings about the snowmobile. He enjoys the sport so much and he has a gaggle of friends that all enjoy riding together and going off on snowy adventures. I wish I enjoyed it too, because we could do it together as a couple, but I am more of an inside gal when it looks like a scene from “The Day After Tomorrow” outside.
I think I would feel better about it if it was his only expensive hobby. It turns out that he also has a classic car that he is restoring. (Restoring = standing in the garage with neighbours and beer looking at the car and talking about what work needs to be done). To my knowledge very little work has been done but many tools have been purchased. He is also a recovering numismatist. What is a girl to do?
Does your significant other have expensive hobbies? How do you deal with allocation of funds to said hobbies? Do you say no? Is it a source of contention in your relationship?
I understand his love of the sport. (It is a sport, you should see him hobble around the day after a long run!) To help you understand his passion,I will leave you with this – Sled Porn. These guys are hardcore and it makes me think we need to increase our life insurance. Oh – see there is another cost to think about.
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