Good afternoon folks.
Well, the title is a huge clue about this post. As it currently stands, I am a stay at home father of one, being unable to work due to immigration restrictions. I want to become a Freemason, but I do fear it may be cost prohibitive. Could someone advise me on this, as to whether i am wrong, or as to how one could get around this issue?
Perhaps the answer to this will be dependent upon your location. I can share that in my lodge the three degrees are $50/ea, and the annual dues are $65, which comes out to $5.42/mo. I'm in the Fort Worth / Dallas area.
Other places are likely higher, and maybe some lower.
If you share a general location perhaps someone from that geographical area or jurisdiction will be able to shed some light (pun intended) on the answer.
Im in Des Moines, Iowa.
There are several local lodges in your area: http://bit.ly/1fQVB6E
I would say that it is not cost prohibitive, with dues for my jurisdiction in the states being under $100 a year and the initiation fee being somewhere on average of $150-200. I would say that it may be time prohibitive. In many jurisdictions there is a time commitment as you move through the degrees and in you may want to weigh the time and its impact on your family... I would want to talk it over with my spouse if I were in your position.
One of the things most lodges stress is that family and professional commitments should always come first, and the Brothers of your local Lodge would surely advise the same thing. If your spouse is onboard you will find the Lodge to be a great place to meet men of ever walk of life, and allow some time for you to get out of the house and clear your head. The cost will end up being under $2 per week, and it would be a great outlet... the time commitment may be a night a week as you move through the degrees (if your Grand Lodge requires Brothers to memorize a section of the work) and Master Masons can attend however many or few meetings their schedule allows.
If you need some help locating a local Lodge let me know.
Well, very few things in the world are free. There usually are minor costs in each degree and full membership (in my experience about $75 each). From your post I'm noticing that not only are you having money issues but are a stay at home dad and in legal diress. I suggest you take care of your family and legal status first, Freemasonry will always be there for you.