These may be times of financial struggle but that doesn’t mean that you should stop having fun. There are many ways to have a great time without needing or spending a lot of money. You just need to be creative, resourceful, and open minded. Here are nine hobbies you can enjoy on the cheap.
1. Baking and Cooking
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Compared to eating out, baking or cooking at home is definitely cheaper. Things can get a bit stressful if you are still new to baking and cooking. But once you get the hang of things, you can finally see the relaxing side of these activities. And aside from saving money on eating out, you also get to control the ingredients that go into your food. Baking and cooking can also be a fun bonding activity for family, friends, and couples.
2. Painting and Drawing
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Painting and drawing should not be activities limited to those who have the talent to create wonderful images. Even if you are not that gifted, you can still make painting or drawing your emotional outlet. Getting started is easy: you just need your imagination, some paper, and drawing or painting implements. You don’t need a big budget for these hobbies.
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If you have a gift for words, then maybe you would want to try your hand at writing. Paper and pens are relatively cheap so you don’t have to spend much to get started. You can also just use your computer’s word processor. If you want to develop your writing, there are free and cheap ways to do so. Writing is great outlet for the daily frustrations, as well as wonders and discoveries, of life.
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You do not need spend money to start reading. Public libraries can cater to your literary needs for free. You can also check out Internet and inter-library exchanges for greater book selections. If you want to expand your personal book collection, you can head to secondhand bookshops for cheap books.
5. Exercise and Sports
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You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. There are many physical activities that you can do for free such as running, walking, and hiking. You only need to initially spend for the proper gear. You can also do yoga and meditation for really cheap. You just need to get a mat and sign up for classes to learn the proper form and technique. For a cheaper option, you can purchase instructional videos and books. Other cheap exercise options are: walking the dog, cleaning your house, and swimming.
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Astronomy as a hobby will not cost you a lot of money if you keep things simple. You only need to spend for a good pair of binoculars and a star map. A telescope can cost you quite a bit more but something of great quality can last you a long time. If you enjoy looking at the stars, then astronomy would a great hobby for you.
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If you like spending time outdoors, then maybe you can take up gardening as a hobby. You will have to shell out some money for tools, seeds, and maybe fertilizers and bug repellents, but you don’t need to spend much after that. Besides, you won’t regret spending your money once you see your plants thriving.
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There are many crafts that don’t require you to spend a lot of money. You can try candle making, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, scrap booking, decoupage, origami, and cross-stitching. With crafting, you not only get to relax but you also get to create beautiful pieces.
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Solving puzzles is a great way to bring some challenge to your day. The mental stimulation is also great to keep your mind sharp. There are many free online puzzles to try. You can also buy cheap books on puzzles and brain teasers if you want to use pen and paper. There are also mechanical puzzles of all sorts.
Hobbies are great to keep your mind and body engaged. These cheap hobbies won’t break the bank but will fill your life with productivity and fun. Give these activities a try and prove to yourself that you don’t always need money to be happy.
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