12 Inexpensive Hobbies And Pastimes

12 Inexpensive Hobbies And Pastimes  There a whole lot of things and stuff out there to entice you to spend money. And so when you find yourself with spare time and looking for something to do, there's a great chance you'll end up spending money.  In this case, idle time is your wallet's bane.  It's not a bad idea to have inexpensive, "default" activities to fall back on.
"Idle hands are the devil's workshop." Or so an old saying goes.

While the correlation between "evil" and idleness maybe debatable, it's not far-fetched that when we've got absolutely nothing to do, we might end up being up to no good.

And that's actually very relevant in personal finance.

There's a whole lot of stuff out there designed specifically to entice you to spend money. And so when you find yourself with spare time and looking for something to do, there's a great chance you'll end up spending money.

In this case, idle time is your wallet's bane.

It's not a bad idea to have inexpensive, "default" activities to fall back on:

Writing/blogging - you don't need an expensive pc or a high-speed connection. Admittedly not a group thing nor a bonding activity (unless you and your friends are writers), but still useful when you've got nothing to do. At the very least, it's an outlet for your thoughts and creativity, and may even be a stress reliever.

Drawing - all you need is a piece of paper and a pencil. I guess it could get expensive later on, but if you're really artistically inclined or gifted, this might even end up as a side-job.

Running - you can sign up for marathons or fun runs if you like. But you essentially need just a pair of sneakers, shorts and shirt. Of course, you can setup your own modest, mini fun runs with your friends.

Cycling - also inexpensive (aside from the bike itself, though reasonably priced ones are probably available); you can do it around your neighborhood or free parks.

Gardening - basic tools can be bought at relatively low prices. Plus you can get seeds or saplings from neighbors or friends, provided you already know how to properly cut/uproot, transfer and grow them. You can even grow fruits and vegetables, to cut back on your grocery budget.

Meditation - not only is it free, it can have pretty good benefits.

Origami - Learn it from a book or on the internet, the only expense after that is paper.

Board-games - free, if you've already got the boards. The board-game itself may cost you, but you can also play with friends who already have one. This might be a bit geeky as a bonding activity, though that might depend on your choice of board game.

Play "real" games with your children - costs absolutely nothing. You can revisit childhood favorites or even try to come up with new ones. It's also great for your health and for bonding with family.

Play team sports - It's not totally free; there's a good chance you'll shell out money for renting the court or field (and paying for the lights, if it's night). But considering it's great exercise as well as a bonding activity (plus the fees are spread out among you), you're actually saving money compared to signing up for a gym membership and/or going out for a movie.

Learning home-making/improvement skills - fixing leaky pipes, sewing torn clothes, changing your car's oil, cooking, baking... The learning (at least the basics) can be had for free via friends or the internet. And the skills might help you save money or even make some more.

Learn "crafty" new skills - candle-making, knitting, making costume jewelry, soap-making... you might even be able to sell what you make and turn it into a side-job. One of my wife's co-workers reportedly makes some money selling costume jewelry she creates herself.



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