Inexpensive hobbies are the best. You can save so much money if you choose you past time wisely. Trust me. I know. My hobbies used to be scuba diving and oil painting. The amount of money you can spend doing those is outrageous. I did, however, turn both into revenue generating activities, so it wasn’t quite as bad. But the revenue only slightly mitigated the expenses, which were huge.
So finding yourself a hobby that you can care about and that will not cost you an arm and a leg seems a great idea. Don’t think that your hobby has to be free. Just so long as you have included it’s cost in your budget, it is okay. It is better still if you can find an inexpensive hobby. They really are the best.
Free and Inexpensive Hobbies
There are so many free and inexpensive hobbies that it boggles the mind.
I’m going to tell you about some of my favorites.
Number one on my favorite list of inexpensive hobbies, and this one is free, is volunteering your time. Find an organization doing good or charitable work, whose values are in line with yours, and donate some of your time to helping them. There are hundreds of such organizations, doing work for the poor, the sick, veterans, animals, children, you name it. Doing volunteer work is going to help those organizations and it will make you feel great.
The second item on my list is reading. It seems like an old fashioned suggestion, but reading is good for the mind and a great way to pass time. There are an incredible number of free resources to read on line, and you can always go to the library. If you are a book owning type, get yourself a Kindle and download your reading material. Not as cheap as the library, but not as expensive as buying the hardcover.
How about this for a cheap hobby, play with your kids! Don’t have kids? Try playing with the kids of one of your relatives or friends. Kids love to play. They will do it nearly endlessly, and it just might bring out the kid in you.
Try Searching for Gold
Metal detecting is a great hobby, although it can be expensive if you go all in, but you can find cheap used detectors in the $100 range. Once you have found the right metal detector, you can detect near your home or in many other interesting locations to see if you can find something valuable to lessen the expense.
Crafts are always great hobbies. There are so many to choose from. You can do stamping, quilting, decoupage, make jewelry, crocheting, drawing, painting, sewing, knitting and so many more. You can get your materials from inexpensive outlets, like clearance sales, wholesalers, traders and from online merchants.
You can take joy in whatever the item is that you have made. You can also set up an online store on Etsy to sell your creations and maybe offset some of their costs.
You could start a collection. You don’t have to collect expensive things. I used to collect sea glass, however you need to be near water to do this. But if you can, the color of some of the glass is amazing and you can make things from what you have collected.
You can also collect bottles caps, and little figurines. I knew a couple who collected sand from all of the locations that had traveled to. Not my idea of fun, but it shows what you can do with a little imagination and creativity.
Other inexpensive hobbies can include:
- Learning a new language (I tried Indonesian and didn’t get very far.)
- Swimming (okay, maybe putting in a new pool would be expensive, but is there a YMCA close by?)
- Snorkeling (less expensive that scuba diving)
- Surfing the internet, and
- Gardening (which can decrease your food bill)
There are so many more ways to spend time that cost little or no money that you are constrained only by your imagination.
What Do You Do As A Hobby?
I would love to hear what your thoughts and ideas are on this topic. What do you for fun or as a hobby that does not cost you a fortune? Do you have one pass time, or a number of them? Have you ever thought about ways to do what you do less expensively? Please let me know.