Self-Hosting Is Expensive
Yes, it is not as cheap as they make it seem. For the first year, you receive a huge discount, however when you renew the hosting package you pay way more. However, self-hosting does have its own benefits but that’s a whole different story for another blog post.
Additionally, the plugins to improve a blog performance and appearance isn’t free either. So a self-hosting website package with premium plugins and a premium blog theme really adds up.