I spent a few thousand on B&W film and paper in 2006 when I came into a small amount of money. I feel very fortunate that I spent all the money on not only the film and paper but a new Rolleiflex. Everything I bought has increased incredibly in price since then. 200 sheets of 8x10 TMY is now probably more than double what I paid. The Rollei is now nearly double what I paid. 200 rolls of 120 Acros has increased and several hundred sheets of 11x14 wt paper that is now much more expensive.
I bought a smallish chest freezer that keeps my stuff about 10 below 0. The freezer works great, cost me 50 dollars off Craig's list and it doesn't cost that much in electricity since it is small and well insulated. I am very glad I did all that.
Dennis