Can you afford “what you want to be when you grow up”?

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It is a common question, one that even adults get asked at times.  Being a common question does not always mean it is an easy question.

There are many things to think about when trying to plan for your future.  One aspect that many do not look at are the costs associated with reaching your dream.  Sure, you may make $400,000+ a year, but if it costs you $600,000 in educational costs plus 10 years of schooling plus …. then is it really worth it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

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Personally I always thought it would be outstanding to live on a space station and work in their green house.  Too many episodes of Star Trek will do this to you.  Of course, I never quite followed through with figuring out what I needed to do in order to achieve this dream career.  Nor did I let the lack of space stations floating through our galaxy, let alone an actual greenhouse on a space station, get in my way of dreaming.

Instead I studied nature, earning a degree that allowed me to work outside among the plants and settings I love.  Now that I no longer work outside the home, I have scaled down that love to my garden and yard.  The kids are also recipients of a mother who loves nature:

“It will not bite you! Pick up the bug and look at it!”

“Oh, it is just dirt. It will wash off. Now go play in the mud.”

Okay, that last one only if we are not headed somewhere else and if they are not wearing church clothes.  I do have my standards.

Not everyone is like me though; some people have other ideas of fun jobs.  Take becoming a Ghostbuster, for instance.  I saw the movie as a kid and enjoyed the action.  Too much inside work for me, though.  However, if it is up your alley there are a few costs you may want to take into account ….

According to a recent survey of Swagbucks members, over 30% weren’t afraid of ghosts and would be willing to pursue a career as a Ghostbuster! Pretty surprising though, considering all the positive press Ghostbusting has been getting in preparation for Ghostbusters debut in theaters July 15th. However, the real costs of bustin’ may put it outside of their price range even if you save on movie tickets with a Fandango Gift Card…


Jumpsuit – $29.99 – The most affordable part of Ghostbusting, even if you shelled out a little extra for patches and name tags.


Startup Fees – Approx. $2,000 – Starting a new business is never cheap. The Ghostbusters operate out of The Big Apple, one of America’s most expensive cities.


Custom Hearse – $7,000 – The new Ghostbusters are rolling in style with a custom 1980’s Cadillac Hearse. You’ll have to spend extra for all the bells and whistles.


Firehouse Rental – $910,600 – You can’t be a true Ghostbuster with no HQ! Unfortunately, leasing costs are pretty high in Tribeca, where the building from the 1984 film still stands.


Proton Pack $20,000,000 – Those hefty backpacks worn by the Ghostbusters are basically unlicensed nuclear accelerators, and those do not come cheap. Might be time to take out a small business loan.


Master Containment Unit – $14,000,000,000 – The closest you’ll get to a working model is ITER, an international large-scale science experiment to build a fusion generator. While it’d be strong enough to hold a ghost, it’ll also do quite a number on your bank account.


Proton Wand and Muon Trap – $125,000,000,000,000 – Ignoring the fact that stable antimatter doesn’t exist in our universe, the price of antimatter is $62,500,000,000,000 per gram, and we’re guessing that it’d take more than 2 grams of antimatter to catch and hold a ghost indefinitely.

Total Cost = $125,014,020,919,629.99

Now that’s expensive! I don’t want to slime all of your hopes and dreams but I think it’s safe to say you’re better off sticking with your day job. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop dreaming and what better way to dream of Ghostbusting then enjoying a night at the movies with a Fandango Gift Card.

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