Yeah, as far as the price of bettas go, that's 8 or 9 bucks Canadian
Even when the canadian dollar is about par with the US dollar, most things up here are still way more expensive. Especially because we're so far north and everything has to be shipped farther.
I have 4 guppies in a ten gal
and have spend hundreds of dollars on them so far. It starts out fairly inocent... the tank is about 50 dollars, the heater is 30, the filter system about 30, then you buy a new pretty plant or rock every time you go into the store, then you someone gives you somethng for free and you spend a hundred bucks on medications trying to clear up the diseases you got from it!!!!!!!!!!! I paid 60 bucks just for the melafix and pimafix the other day. My mom would tear a strip off me if she found out! LOL
I don't need to mention how much she spends of hoof ointment, citrus insect repellent and sheepskin-covered special girths for her overwieght horse, though! :p