Since I am just beginning the “journey” of badminton I decided I should keep a tally of how much it is costing me.
I’ll start in the month of October because that’s when things got serious. Before October the only thing I’ve really paid for was some sports clothes, a few shirts and leggings. But actually I bought them originally for Ultimate Frisbee and all the hiking and other activities I do. Not specifically or exclusively for badminton. Also, my racket was a gift, so that was free too.
I went a bit crazy, buying some new bags, pants, shirts and shoes for badminton. I do almost all my sports shopping at Decathalon, a French company. They have giant stores, good quality and cheap prices. Also, my friend works for them so I get a discount.
I got my first pair of badminton shoes (149rmb or $23), 1 pair of leggings, one pair or track-style pants, one long sleeve sport shirt, one short sleeve one, three pairs of socks, 1 pair of shorts, 3 wrist sweat bands and 2 racket bags.
Total cost: 670rmb ($105)
I also had 2.5 badminton classes. One week we only had 30 minutes because the court we normally use was closed and the other one was booked. I actually ended up paying for the entire hour though because my teacher gives me a lot of extra time so I don’t want to be stingy.
Total cost: 450rmb ($70)
Playing with my group costs money, usually between 18 and 22rmb per night. I’ll average 20 per time, and I played twice a week the entire month.
Total cost: 160rmb ($25)
Total for October: 1280rmb ($200)
Grand Total: 1280rmb ($200)
I guess I’m a bit surprised. Maybe it seems cheap to you guys from other countries but I only make abut $1000 a month, so that’s a sizable chunk. Although this is a lot cheaper than some of my other hobbies, so it’s worth it.