Just like to toss in that it's understandable needing cash for other things when starting a family or adding another kid to one, so don't feel like you have to rush into things.
The sport isn't going to go anywhere in a year so by all means take your time and go to some games and rent and just enjoy what you can till you can get your own gear.
Airsoft is realy addictive as others have already said, you can get started for that 1K but most will love the sport so much that it leads to way more by choice.
Welcome to the forum and airsoft.
"Death in the tall grass"