Hot Tubs. To have or not to have, that’s the question. At least, that’s what New York City Wildlife Removal would have said. I remember hearing a story about a French king who did not bath for 2 years. He used powder and cologne instead. Yuck! He must have been like a chain smoker that uses a ton of cologne to try and cover up the ashtray smell that follows them everywhere. For the record, that does not work.
Hot tubs seem to be the new big thing. They was a guilty pleasure reserved only for the wealthy or well-off, but now you see them in more and more backyards and decks. You know, I’ve always wondered if it’s some special meaning… but I digress.
You just can’t keep up. How do they all survive? Good question. It appears every small town has at least one of these.
The new big thing is a hot tub. If you get a hot tub apparently you’ve arrived. Where? I am not sure. It is a sign that you now have some expendable money or a great deal of plastic. I hope you are in the first category.
We once did an extremely stupid thing and bought a pool on the visa. The pool seemed like a great deal for $3500. How could we pass it up? But as soon as you calculate the interest during the next five years it took to pay off it, the wonderful deal turned into a good deal more. If you purchase something on credit, a good guideline is to add 2 zeros at the end and that will give you the true price after interest.
The distinction between a hot tub, and other status items around your house, is the cost doesn’t stop with the setup. It only starts there. Now you will need to acquire enough chemicals to neutralize a small sea.
But the huge elephant in the room that most people don’t see coming is the electricity bill. Imagine the shock and amazement of a $500 monthly electricity bill. Ouch! You’d almost think there was a factory running on your rear deck somewhere. When you get a personalized Christmas card from the power company, you know that you may be in trouble. At $250-300 additional per month, I wish to at least see my neighbor’s lights flicker once I turn the beast on. At $250-300 per month, you’ll be paying for the hot tub in no time… twice.
So if you’re thinking of getting a new toy, I would suggest passing on the hot tub. For the same cost, you could purchase a new car. It would have some benefits to outweigh the costs. Don’t worry, your neighbor will get a spa, and when they go on holiday, just sneak over and use theirs instead.