At one point, probably half way thru my growing phase, I did a ‘back of the napkin’ calculation of what it cost me to grow and it was like $50/ounce. It took time obviously to recoup the initial startup cost but I found I enjoyed ‘the hobby’ of it. I have learned a lot(and have lots more to learn) but all in all, growing my own has been worth every penny I spent. I grew initially so my high school aged sons wouldn’t have to buy from some penis head(and be tempted into harder stuff-which may not have achieved the goal initially but they are both good young men now). Now I have more weed than I can smoke maybe for the rest of my life(even though I have essentially stopped growing-side grow aside). Store your stuff well and it gets different, mellower. I am smoking some 2015 bud at this point. One bong hit and I am all set for the evening.
Nice, I have kids too, not sure if I can share with them someday but I like your approach. Growing up, I had aunts and uncles that grew in Maine and Vermont and they would hand me buds. They were good people.
So, I have $100 bucks invested in a light, some soil for $25 and around $50 worth of nutrients. My power draw is 97 watts, less than one light bulb. ( I turn off a few lights to come out ahead here.)
So, I got around 1.5 ounces last grow, am hoping for 2.5 ounces this grow= 4 Zips.
Cost of Weed in Washington DC (most expensive weed in the country) is 300 an ounce minimum for "top shelf". (I've paid 400 a zip, it was good but not THAT good)
4 Zips x $300 DC prices= $1200 (you also have to tip and pay delivery charges for delivery)
$175 Investment, 1200- 175 = savings $1025
AND I have everything I need for next grow, the only cost will be the electricity draw of ONE light bulb ! Weed is almost free!