Can You Afford It? 5 Hobbies That Can Cost Big

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Everyone has different hobbies, and that’s what makes dinner parties so interesting. Or, depending on where you are sitting, perhaps some hobbies are what make dinner parties pure torture. Very few people have the same exact interests, and yet, many of us share at least one hobby, which allows us to make lasting friendships and relationships. While some hobbies are affordable and can be done regularly, other hobbies are so expensive that very few people can do them at all. Many people participate in hobbies at both ends of the spectrum: perhaps they crochet regularly, but travel around the world to various gorgeous and unique locations only once every few years.

While there are some hobbies that only the super rich can enjoy (think: private jets, race car driving, collecting famous art, caring for exotic pets, etc.), this article considers five expensive hobbies that are not absurdly out of reach to most Americans. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s certainly an interesting one.

1. Buying Sports Season Tickets

Americans love sports, and often, the best way to truly enjoy a sport is to watch it live. Yet, attending even one professional game can be expensive, and the cost of buying seasons tickets can be astronomical. For the NFL 2013 season, the average cost for general season ticket holders is $82 per ticket. There are 16 regular season games per season, and that means that fans are paying an average of $1,312 per season (which doesn’t even count playoff games or pre-season games.) Season tickets to NBA basketball games can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, and season tickets to the NHL can cost from $3,000 all the way to $20,000-plus.

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