It is really hard for me to admit this but I am pretty sure that I am addicted to attending live sports also known as live sports addiction. Let me preface that statement by saying that I have been very active in different sports my entire life and most likely will continue to do so, health permitting. But I really really really enjoy watching sports with friends in person. Past boyfriends have loved that fact that I would go to any game, although some hated the fact that I knew more about certain sports (baseball, basketball, soccer) than they did.
I am not a big drinker, smoker or have any other vices (besides shopping) so I never really thought that this could be a destructive habit, but it has turned out to be. I have an addiction to live sporting events. I went through my credit card statements from the last 2 years-something I have never done and noticed an astronomical amount of money had been dedicated to sports.
Some of the items include:
- Season tickets to the Toronto Raptors (2 seats/split with a friend) Approx:$3600
- 20 Game Flex pack to the Toronto Blue Jays- Approx:$700 per season
- Half season pack to the Toronto FC –Approx: $550 per season
- Atleast 10 Toronto Maple Leafs games- Approx: $1500-2000 (Hockey tickets are really pricey here)
- March Madness games (Detroit and Syracus- atleast 2 games per season)- Approx :$1800
- Tickets to Kitchener Rangers -Total: Approx: $280
I did not include tickets to concerts and plays.
Obviously none of these prices includes transportation, food or accommodation costs. JUST THE TICKETS.
Part of me says that the reason I work as hard as I do is to be able to afford the things that I enjoy, but the other part of me remembers that this was all put on credit cards and was not paid off in time. So the balances were carried.
I have a lot of ticket stubs and some very fuzzy memories to show for a mountain of debt, almost no retirement plan, and hardly any savings. You know the moment where you feel like an idiot for being taken in by the glamour of events, yeah that.
I am being honest with myself in knowing that giving games up will be very difficult, but the plan is to move forward and pick a game to go to per season. That way I get my fill and use it as a treat for lowering my debt. That being said, does anyone want to buy some Blue Jays Tickets? 😉