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post #1 of 8 Old 04-26-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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How do you fund your addiction?

Sooo I finally found a new barn. Its a perfect fit except that its MUCH more expensive than Im use to. Im ready do do the bigger shows so I know I have to make it work, and I want to make it work. I make decent money, no time for a second job thats for sure. Hopefully they will let me work off some of my bill down the road. (I forgot how expensive the bigger shows are)Gas prices for trailering doesn't help either lol. Probably going to find a smaller cheaper house to rent this summer.
So how does everyone else fund their obsession, board, lessons, showing ect ect.... Where do you cut corners to save? Looking for some new ideas.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-26-2011, 04:18 PM
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Usually the trick is to cut costs, not to burn more money.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-26-2011, 04:19 PM
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I'm super lucky I have a horse loving mom, and that she makes enough money to fund it until I'm on my own :)
But I do make sure I do things to help save money like
Not asking to go out to eat.
Not buying other things.
Not wasting things like water and electricity.

I also make sure she knows I appreciate it.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-26-2011, 04:37 PM
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I am one of the lucky few who gets to fund my addiction with my addiction LOL. I cut costs by looking at tack and things that don't have to be name brand.

I use the $8 halters instead of the $30 ones. I buy the reins that are still good harness leather but they are an off brand and only cost $35 instead of $50+. They both work the same, one is just an off brand and therefore cheaper.

I buy all my clothing when it's on sale and sometimes I buy off or store brand clothing.

I make cuts where I can and avoid buying things that I really don't need like a new bridle just because my other has a couple of scrapes that make it ugly.

I make sure to clean my saddle pads and girths often so that they last longer and don't degrade from sweat and dirt.

I make sure my horses have good feed but I don't buy any extra supplements or add-ins unless it is an absolute necessity.

I don't go out to eat very often, it is much cheaper to cook for myself at home.

Etc, etc, etc.

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I am like smrobs, I also fund my addiction with my addiction. I breed qh's - have my own studs so I don't pay stud fees, train & give lessons. I cut costs a lot of ways, but some aren't applicable in a boarding situation.

I feel you with the gas situation, I drive a 1-ton diesel...ouch. I pay more for fuel in a month than on the truck payment itself, grrr. I try to combine my errands and trips and split costs hauling with friends & clients.

We rarely eat out, I put up a big garden & can all of our veggies myself. We raise a steer and a couple of pigs every year and my parents have laying hens so we eat farm fresh eggs. My hubby is a hunter & fisherman, so we eat a lot of venison, pheasant & fish. Right now is morel mushroom season, so it's been venison steaks & mushrooms several nights a week - YUM! :)

We've given up vacation the last 2 years, I'm in desperate need of a trip to little gasparilla island :(

Cut back on an unneccessary spending, I always ask myself do I WANT or NEED it.

Have tack repaired instead of buying new. Don't skimp on quality the first time around and it should last a long time if it's taken care of. My roughout saddle is older than I am and it's still the best fitting most comfortable piece of equipment I've ever owned.

I don't have any boarders, but would have one if I had room and I would LOVE to have someone work it off! That would leave me time to ride more training horses and put more money in my pocket!

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-26-2011, 05:27 PM
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I don't have any boarders, but would have one if I had room and I would LOVE to have someone work it off! That would leave me time to ride more training horses and put more money in my pocket!
No kidding . I would gladly house someone's horse for free if they would be willing to just scrape up the poop from the horse runs every other day. That is the one job that I hate having to do LOL.

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We rarely eat out, I put up a big garden & can all of our veggies myself. We raise a steer and a couple of pigs every year and my parents have laying hens so we eat farm fresh eggs. My hubby is a hunter & fisherman, so we eat a lot of venison, pheasant & fish. Right now is morel mushroom season, so it's been venison steaks & mushrooms several nights a week - YUM! :)

Omg Thats awesome. Im going to send my BF up to your husband so he can do a 60 day training on him to live off the land! I love venison.
I wish I could still fund my addiction with the addiction, but I really wanted to go back to being amatuer status... so sadly, cant go that route. Ive gotten reaaally good at asking my self that question too about do I NEED it or do I just WANT it. lol
Im thinking in a few weeks when this new trainer knows im serious, to talk about working off some of my bills.

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Omg Thats awesome. Im going to send my BF up to your husband so he can do a 60 day training on him to live off the land! I love venison.
I wish I could still fund my addiction with the addiction, but I really wanted to go back to being amatuer status... so sadly, cant go that route. Ive gotten reaaally good at asking my self that question too about do I NEED it or do I just WANT it. lol
Im thinking in a few weeks when this new trainer knows im serious, to talk about working off some of my bills.

Send him on up! We are going to be in TN in Oct for vacation, maybe that corresponds with deer season, bahaha! Yeah, I miss being able to carry an amateur card, but it's well worth it. I would absolutely talk to your trainer about working off some of your bill, I'd love to have someone do that! I'm with smrobs, poop scooper is the least favorite of my job titles!

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