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Old 01-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #16
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No I'm not kidding. Some have less money than others. Or some have more obligations like kids, mortgage. So there are people that have to calculate how much they can spend on a hobby. I'm curious to know how the people that DO budget for this hobby do it, what do they factor into their budget regarding all that is necessary to run a complete race season.
My wife and I have had this discussion many-a-times. I am fortunate to have a wife that races with me - and she is pretty darn good too. So I don't have to "hide" anything.

There comes a time where I think in this hobby we go overboard with what we think we need to win. Just last week here locally, the top 5 qualifiers were (1)Xray FK04 (2) Xray FK04 (3) Xray T2 (4) Xray FK05 (5) Xray T2. This goes to show you that you don't need the T2, the Superduper "Factory-Team" cells, or the latest and greatest to be competitive.

In onroad more than offroad - the key to the game is speed and consistency. It is easier to "out motor" someone rather than work on your driving and setup to beat them. And in sedan racing...my racing of choice...it seems like you can buy your way into the A-main....at least locally....not at a national level by any means.

So with all that said, my wife and I are fortunate enought to be able to buy some of the nicer equipment out there, but what we did was sit down and figure out what exactly we will "need" for a month of racing (practice/race fees, foam tires, broken parts, etc) I then looked at my battery situation, I race 1/12 and sedan and my wife races just sedan - so we can go through batteries fairly quickly, so we budgeted 1-2 packs per month - and then sell off our older ones...that way we always have a good "main" pack. I then look at my buying/spending habits - and i know that i like to roam around the LHS like a little kid and pick up a new body, a new tool, setup station...or whatever...i then alotted for a few bucks for that, and then we have no kids so we like to travel so i TRY to set aside a few bucks for traveling to IIC or Snowbirds or something like that. This is how i came up with a rough budget.

The bottom line is don't go into debt for this hobby - buy what you can afford (within reason) - but don't sacrifice your quality of life so you can race on the weekend...i would say after you have gone through your non-racing budget (housing, car, insurance, savings, medical, etc) look to see what discretionary income you have left after that - save some for to take the wife out to eat a couple times, and then budget your RC spending on what is left....

i know it is long...but just my 2 cents
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #17
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Ok how about this. What does everyone see as their number one budget BUSTER? Not including race and practice fees!
For me it has to be the cost of my sons tires.
Batteries! That and for awhile there it was the "Chassis of the Week" too. Other than that my biggest expense is just travel. I go without racing much of the year just so I can go to 1 race in California every year.
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:57 PM   #18
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Most people spend more than they should. I should know. I was one of them. Best equipment money could buy. I wasn't going to get beat by equipment. But that ended up being a lie. Sponsored guys still have better equipment. We have a tendacy to over spend and get ourselves in trouble. But that is what society is teaching us. It's OK to overindulge your self.
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after you spend to much money you can always call me for a equity loan or refinance of your current loan..
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I see that a lot of women are clueless about how much can be spent on this hobby
have you seen HOW MUCH a coach purse costs? dont even get me started on women's fascination with Louis Vuitton, Fendi or Gucci.

i tell my gf, if i buy you that purse, you buy me a new car
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:09 PM   #22
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biggest budget buster: new car (need spares, body if the holes dont line up, etc).

budget: i give myself id say $100 a month for my hobbies (video games, RC, basketball shoes). and i usually purchase tires and motors first. batteries i buy at the beginning of the season. lately batteries have sucked since so many different types have come out.

someone told me,.... its easier to apologize than it is to ask for permission. good thing to add to Gary's WDK philosophy.

oh yah... you could be addicted to strippers, alcohol and smoking instead of toy cars that you race for a bowling trophy.

one last thing.... how come everything has to match? 2 chargers... everything has to be blue... Damn that Tamiya blue!
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have you seen HOW MUCH a coach purse costs? dont even get me started on women's fascination with Louis Vuitton, Fendi or Gucci.

i tell my gf, if i buy you that purse, you buy me a new car
Ditto.... we have a nice trade off, she gets a new coat or work outfit etc, and i get a new car/batt/electrics. Works well.
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Well Lets See:

Wife leaving country for a couple weeks:
Refi--------spend on toy car stuff
sign paperwork:::
done and spent No one would ever know.

My luck she would find out and bury me with the toy cars.
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RC Budget, what's that??

I usually buy as needed, both in cash and on CC (paid off monthly). I am lucky to have a wife that knows how much this hobby costs and does not really care as long as all the bills get paid and there is food on the table. The hobby can be very expensive, especially if you are racing on a weekly basis. The best stuff won't always get you in the A, but most tracks have weekly bench racing .

As far as a budget, spend what you can afford, and go have fun.
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I think that in real terms the cost of RC has come down over the past 10 years, but then again, with my son I'm paying to compete at a far higher (natoinal) level.

Tyres are the killer cost - 50 ($90) for a weekend, and that's using old tyres for practice. I can often sell sets with 3 runs on to club drivers at just under half price, but it's still expensive. Especially seeing as last year we raced 18 out of 26 weekends from April to October.

Kyle does get support in the form of discount from our LHS, RacingDrome, EA products thru C-SRacing and MRT which helps a lot. Also, he seldom hits things, so spare parts are more "scheduled replacement" (belts, bearings etc) rather than caused by breakage. For example, he's competing at the Euro's in Germany in August. Poor bearings will be replaced and new belts will be fitted to his T2, but that's it.
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Good topic - very timely for me!

For those US racers who don't know, the British (BRCA) national events are a series of races all around the country, racers drive hundreds of miles to spend the night in a camper ("caravan") in a field next to the track (if they're posh they get a hotel room) and race all day Sunday, then face a long drive back (up to 5 hours, sometimes more). There are regional series as well, and these series go on for 1/8th, 1/8th buggy, touring car, electric buggy, and others.

So basically the costs add up FAST (UK petrol prices are about $5 a gallon, tyres, hotel, batteries, etc.), especially if (you think) you're fast! US racers generally have weekly club racing and may save up for a (driveaway) regional or (flyaway) national-level event like the IIC, Snowbirds, RRoC, etc., so it's a bit different.

Anyway, lesson over :P I'm looking at getting back into racing after a couple of years off. New girlfriend who needs to learn the ropes (would that be GDK money? ) and me wanting to move into my own place means I probably won't be spending much time or money on racing! But I think I might budget myself 20 for weekly club racing and try to keep big budget items like batteries and motors to a minimum, maybe 75 every couple of months or so.

One thing that helps is eBay - I recently sold a couple of cars with options and spares for about 175 each! Certainly paid for the T2 and a new servo... I look at RC stuff like computer parts now - keep it in reasonably good nick and you get back a good amount of money when it comes time to sell it.
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I agree with McGoo above. I take what discretionary $$ we have at the end of the month and split it with my wife. She usually uses it for nails and tanning and clothes or scrapbooking. As we have paid off some school debts and a car the # has gone from around 50 a month a piece to upwards of 150 now-a-days. But then Birthdays and Christmas are nice to have. The budget thing is tough. This really can be an addiction! Charter is going to have to expand thier services!
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I have always kept a separate checking account for hobby stuff, my name only. Much less need to explain things she never sees.
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hiya "Mistercrash" So does this mean you are budgeting for the upcoming season?

The Mrx3 is stillng good, but I can't say the same for the motor
So I need to budget for a new motor!

Have you heard we are sealing the track so the "tire budget" should be alot less.

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