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It's totally separate for us. Hubby's hobbies are fairly expensive and I break it down into a few categories so I can keep a close eye on it.
He has hangar rent for the plane, flying costs (fuel, insurance), airplane costs (maintenance), and then his other hobbies (guns, the motorcycle, etc).
While it rivals a small fortune, he teaches a few classes at 2 local colleges to support his addiction. In 2010, the spending was 10.62% of our total spending. While there are times I wish it wasn't so much I accept that the flying is part of him, he's done that before we met, we're still improving our financial situation all the time and I get to stay home with the kids which is what I've always wanted, so I'm winning too.
This is the 1st year I am keeping a category for myself Normally in a year I'd spend probably <$100 on myself, but I've treated myself to a couple of massages. Hubby is always encouraging me to do more for myself.
I have done an allotment for DH for his new hobby/interest of $100 a month but didn't budget for me. Then recently found a new passion (I didn't budget for me because I didn't have anything I did anymore). So now we are trying to decide how to best work it into the budget without messing up our goals. Thanks for sharing ladies.
currently my hobbies have been put on the back burner. I like various crafting, but just haven't been into it in a while so not buying anything. When I did it came out of my pocket cash. Same with DH, he will save his pocket cash. He also saves his change throughout the year and it adds up quite nicely over time so he spends that too