There is no such thing as a free hobby, some are more expensive than others, but everything costs money. Going for a hike, you might argue, doesn't cost anything. Well it does, the gas spent getting to the trail, the proper equipment you need for the hike, and any other intangibles.
My friends and I are planning to go to WrestleCon & The Collective in Philly during WrestleMania weekend and I trying to budget how much money I would need. Then I started to think how much did I spend in 2023 on wrestling, I went to 27 wrestling events, you can read about it here: 2023 My Year In Wrestling!. So you have the ticket costs the gas to get there, going out to dinner. I mean yeah I would have eaten dinner regardless, but I not necessarily what I spent going out.
Then you have the wrestling AEW PPV's, any and all merchandise that I bought, shirts, books, trading cards and ect. That has got add up to a ton of money.
On tickets alone in 2023 I spent over $1,300
My friends and I got all 8 AEW PPV's for a total of $421.92, but those are split 3 or 4 ways so it lessens the cost.
I have Peacock, FiteTV+, & New Japan World those total just over $300 a year
I can't even begin to imagine what I spent on Merchandise related to wrestling.
In 2024 I have decided that I am going to keep a wrestling expense ledger to see exactly how much I spend on my beloved Professional Wrestling!