You want to talk expensive hobbies! I live in Texas where there is virtually zero public land to hunt on. I have three sons that I still support until they all finish school (do I get to include the approximately $50K per year this schooling is costing me?), so my hunting expenses are quadrupled. I can hunt my own S. Texas land, but I also have a 1000 acre year-round lease in the Texas Hill Country (gotta hunt those exotics!!) at $4k per gun X 3 equals $12K per year. I also have to have weapons for each hunter, so there's another expense (shotguns, rifles, bows). We practice a LOT, so my ammo expenses are high, even with reloading. I also have been on hunts to Montana, New Mexico and Alaska over the last 5 years. Guides, tags, airfare, taxidermists $$$$$. I shoot competitively in Sporting Clays, Benchrest, Service Rifle and anything else I can make time for (travel, entry fees, ammo...). I raise and train horses (THAT'S real poverty!!!) and maintain a herd of about 20 animals. I also team rope competitively (it sucks when a rodeo and rifle match are scheduled for the same days) and have to travel to events. Ropes, tack, practice arena, practice steers, etc. all cost money. Heavy 4-horse trailer, Ford F-350 4wd crew-cab with V-10, wife and kids, tack....you do the math on my fuel costs. I am a private pilot with a Shrike Commander (twin engine 6-seat) and I log about 150-200 hours per year in this aircraft at around $150-200 per hour including fuel and maintenance costs. This does not include holdback for engine rebuild, ADs or annuals. I also have an old Piper PA18 Super Cub that I putt around in as flying jeep. Costs on this one aren't too bad, but annuals, ADs etc. still add up. I only have one muscle car, an old '65 Mustang that I bought new and had totally restored a few years ago. FUN CAR! Since I have my kids insured to drive this, insurance is a KILLER! I have dirt bikes, 4-wheelers and 2 hunting jeeps to maintain. I have a Harley Fat Boy and I'm building a chopper after watching too many episodes of Orange County Choppers with my boys. I sold the money-pit of a boat I had. Bottom line is, if anyone accuses you of spending too much on your hobbies, you can point to me and say, "At least I'm not HIM!!"