Hot Tubs. To have or not to have, that’s the question. At least, that’s what Shakespeare would have said. I recall hearing a story about a French king who did not bath for two decades. He used powder and perfume instead. Yuck! He must have been like a chain smoker that uses a huge amount of cologne to attempt to cover up the ashtray smell that follows them everywhere. For the record, that doesn’t work.
Hot tubs seem to be the new big thing. They used to be a guilty pleasure reserved only for the wealthy or well-off, but now you see them in an increasing number of backyards and decks. That is sort or like seeing 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 all survive? Good question. It seems every small town has at least one of them.
The new big thing is a hot tub. If you get a spa apparently you’ve arrived. Where? I’m not sure. It is a sign that you now have some expendable cash or lots of plastic. I hope you are in the first class.
We did a very dumb thing and purchased a pool on the visa. The pool seemed like a fantastic bargain for $3500. But once you calculate the interest during the next five years it took to pay it off, the great deal turned into a good deal more. If you buy something on credit, a good rule of thumb is to add 2 zeros at the end and that will give you the actual price after interest.
The difference between a hot tub, and other status items around your home, is the cost does not stop with the setup. It only begins there. Now you will need to buy enough chemicals to neutralize a small sea.
But the huge elephant in the room that most people do not see coming is the electricity bill. Imagine the shock and amazement of a $500 monthly power bill. Ouch! You would almost think there was a mill running on your rear deck somewhere. When you get a personalized Christmas card from the power company, you are aware that you might be in trouble. At $250-300 extra per month, I wish to at least see my neighbour’s lights flicker when I turn the beast on. At $250-300 a month, you’ll be paying for the spa in no time… twice.
So if you are considering getting a new toy, I’d 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. Do not worry, your neighbor will find a hot tub, and when they go on holiday, just sneak over and use theirs instead.