Hot Tubs. To have or not to have, that is the question. At least, that is what Shakespeare would have said. Of course, back in his days, nobody was concerned about hot tubs, seeing as they did not even wash on a regular basis. I remember hearing a story about a French king who didn’t bath for two years. He used powder and cologne instead. Yuck! He must have been like a chain smoker that uses a ton of cologne to attempt to 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 used to be a guilty pleasure reserved only for the rich or well-off, but you see them in more and more backyards and decks. Btw, if you reside in a double-wide and have a spa, you probably should have spent your money on getting a house actually attached to the ground. That is sort or enjoy watching an old beat up car with spinners on them, or with 1 singular racing stripe on top. You know, I’ve always wondered if it’s some special meaning… but I digress.
You just can not keep up. How do they survive? Fantastic question. It appears every small town has at least one of them.
If you get a hot tub apparently you have arrived. Where? I’m not sure. It is a sign that you have some expendable cash or a great deal of plastic. I hope you’re in the first category.
We did a very dumb thing and bought a pool on our visa. The pool seemed like a great deal for $3500. How could we pass it up? But once you calculate the interest over the next 5 years that it took to pay off it, the wonderful deal turned into a great deal more. If you purchase something on credit, a good guideline is to add 2 zeros at the end and that will provide you the true price after interest.
The difference between a hot tub, and other status items around your home, is the expense does not stop with the installation. It only begins there. Now you will need to buy enough chemicals to neutralize a small ocean.
But the huge elephant in the room that most people do not see coming is the power bill. Imagine the shock and amazement of a $500 monthly power bill. Ouch! You would almost think there was a factory running on your back deck somewhere. When you receive a personalized Christmas card from the energy company, you are aware that you might be in trouble. At $250-300 additional per month, I want to see my neighbor’s lights flicker once I turn the beast on. At $250-300 per month, you will be paying for the hot tub in no time… twice.
So if you’re considering getting a new toy, I would suggest passing on the hot tub. For the same price, you could purchase a new car. Do not worry, your neighbor will get a spa, and when they go on vacation, just sneak over and use theirs instead.