I don't mind paying for luxury items. Sometimes its nice to treat yourself to something that is not about necessity and only about enjoyment. Like that raw cashew cheesecake we bought a couple weeks ago. It was absurdly priced at $5 a slice, but it was so yummy that it was worth every moment and mouthful of enjoyment. That is money spent wisely on luxury, I think. It was actively enjoyed the whole time we owned/used it. The hot tub was the opposite of that. We were paying for electricity to heat it (not to mention wasting energy) and (much to the contradiction of my natural lifestyle) buying chemicals to treat it 24/7 when we only used it for, at most, twenty minutes a day. And in the end we didn't even use it every day. That is not money well spent, in my opinion. I'd rather buy more concert tickets with that money! Or more cheesecake, for that matter!
Matt is a machine. And like a machine he was not to be discouraged. A little more than three hours later we were stacking manageable chunks of hot tub on a tarp in the garage (where it sat for a day until we could borrow a pick-up [Thanks, Roger & Sharon] to haul it to the landfill.) We recycled what we could, but, regretfully, most of it was junk.
Matt was funny the next day though. He said something like, "Gee, after all that you know what a guy could use for his sore muscles?! A soak in a hot tub!" But, we decided we'll just sit by the fire instead.