you know I dont think Ive had to sacrifice anything for my goats. I refuse to let a hobby rule my life. So if that means skipping a show to go to my cousins wedding, I go to the wedding! If it means paying someone to feed the goats while Im on vacation, I go on vacation with my family! I actually think goats are easier then having a dog - I dont have to be home at a specific time to let the dog out! I can just come and go as I please. Hence why we dont have a dog! as to money -- goat sales pay for their feed. I dont allow my herd to get big enough so that is a burden to our finances. Its all about managing and knowing what we can afford.