Everyone has different calculations, but I’m happy I bought the rack, barbell and rubber plates before Christmas this year.
I have a gym at the office, but since I’m only in the office 1 week on, 1 week telework, now, even when the employer told me I could use the gym again, it was less than consistent. I’m starting to build my squat and deadlift consistency back. There are things I have to remove from the ceiling before I get any pullup routine built. I still need to buy a bench to get the BP back consistently.
I’d like to get a jump box and maybe a KB or three, but for now I’m happy. I second all of the “commute to workout” commentary you’ll find. Its a lot easier to tell my wife I’m headed to the garage for a half hour than to tell her I need to drive 10 minutes, workout for 30 and drive home 10 minutes. Its way easier to sneak in a 5x5 type program than it was at work at lunch, before or after work hours when there were other things competing for my time.