A hot tub is a luxury item. It is not necessary for survival. Really, it isn't. Many of us have grown so accustomed to our hot tub soaks that they seem essential to our life. Hot tubs do, however, improve your quality of life and can be purchased and maintained at a relatively low cost to you. You could purchase a hot tub that is top of the line, state of the art, and fancy-shmancy with all the bells, whistles, lights and music. And your budget might support that.
One way to avoid paying too much for a hot tub
Do your research before you begin to shop. Never impulse buy. Trade shows, fairs, and expos are fun places to visit. But they are also great places to pay too much. The sellers are depending on your lack of knowledge and preparation and your excitement about the purchase. You can end up paying way too much if you don't have any way to compare prices. Sure, walk around, look, see what hot tub for sale are available. Take some notes and enjoy. But then go home and do more research. Visit the local spa store. Do some wet tests. Read more information. Know what you want, where you will put it, and what you can afford before you make that purchase.
There is more than just the cost of the hot tub purchase to consider
You will need to maintain the hot tub for its lifetime with you. This means keeping it clean, keeping it in good running order and maintaining the water's chemicals and sanitation. You can do all this within a decent budget or you can hire someone to do it all for you. Depends on your cash flow. Hot tub maintenance does not have to be expensive. The chemicals needed to keep the water healthy can be purchased very reasonably. Also, you can typically maintain the tub yourself with routine maintenance.