It really does not take that much to get started. Think about it like this. We just said that it would cost about $173 to load 1,000 rounds. Well, how much do you shoot in about 3 months? What about 6 months? First of all, I just realized I SEVERELY miscalculated Buffalo Bore's prices. They are $30 for 20 rounds. That means 1,000 rounds would cost $1,500!!!!! Or, for the price of a press, dies, scale, and all the components (about $400-500) you could make the same 1,000 rounds. It will only cost you about $400-500 to get started with a decent press and everything you need to load 1,000 rounds. So, you just got 1,000 rounds for 1/3 the price. THEN, the NEXT 1,000 is only $170. That's almost 1/10 the price of BB!!!
You might say you don't shoot that much. Well, even if we compare it at 500 rounds. You could get a press and everything you need to make 500 rounds for about $350-450. Or, you could pay Buffalo Bore $750. The point is that even with all the start up costs, your break even point would only be at about 240 rounds, not 5,000. Once you have bought 240 rounds of Buffalo Bore (12 boxes, or $360), you could have spent that $360 on a press, dies, scale, and components, and had around 400-500 rounds. Then, from then on, your bullets will be insanely cheap.
Also, this is the little known fact that is the BEST part about reloading. You know that feeling you get when you're shooting all that expensive ammo? You know how you want to conserve rounds, and don't want to shoot all of your ammo? Every shot seems like you're burning $1.50, right? You deprive yourself of some of the basic joys of shooting, like a rapid-fire magazine dump. If you start reloading, that feeling absolutely disappears. From then on, you will shoot 300 rounds per range session, and won't think twice about doing it. That pit in your stomach disappears, and shooting becomes pure fun. No regrets, no guilt, just fun. Just save for a month or two, and do it. You won't regret it, especially if you like shooting. You just need to have a talk with yourself, and ask yourself two questions. 1. Do I REALLY like shooting? 2. Will I be doing this a few years from now? If you answer yes to both, the sooner you start reloading, the less money you will lose in the end.