Ideas for low cost hobbies?

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Ideas for low cost hobbies?
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 6:05pm

Hi all,

So I've come to conclude I'm boring, lol. I don't have any real hobbies that I love, and everything that I think that I might like costs money.

Does anyone have any ideas of hobbies that you enjoy but doesn't cost and arm and a leg? I'd be interested in what you have to say :)

Bex -

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 9:01am
Thanks for the tips everyone! You have some great suggestions!!!

Bex -

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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 10:17am

You can

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 11:53am
Hobbies are us! In fact DH and I have so many hobbies we are trying to reign them in.

Running - FREE, mostly and it is so good for me. I have running mixes on my iPod Nano I have fun running to, but I also try to do a run every month, like a local 5 or 10k race, $20 per and you get a free shirt. Then you find people who like running and will run with you too!

Other sports: We ski (wayyy expensive, but I have always had my own equipement and packed lunches for the hill) but with lift tickets as high as they are, not a cheap hobby.) Cost me over $350 to take the kids for one day during the holidays - insane!
Golf - I have clubs and will golf with work folks, but right now it is too time consuming to do on my own. I like it when I get out there, but getting there...
Hiking - I like finding new trails to hike with DH all year long. Most are free, some require park passes or donations, but there are hiking magazines that feature great hikes.
Canoeing - we like this in summer/fall as it is pretty low cost and there are tons of rivers to explore. Next year we are going to do an overnight river trip.
FIshing - we fish a lot and it is fun, winter and summer.

Bird watching - low cost way to become more one with nature. I like feeding them and watching from inside the house! lol

Scrapbooking - I tried this before DD20 graduated to get her scrapbook done, I got up to age 5 and quit. OK, I can't sit that long!! And when you start to see all the stuff people put on one page, it can get expensive.
Gardening - THis is something I love and it is not that expensive. The kicker is you get food from it if you want and it can improve the look of your home. There is a lot to learn in gardening and the fruits of your labor are pretty easily seen.
Reading - OK I try to read in front of the fire at our cabin, but we do too much up there for me to get more than 4 books read a year - again, I am not into that sitting thing. I don't consider reading a hobby as much as relaxation, and since I would rather do more of that in bed with DH or with my eyes closed, not much reading for me.

Local historical society- if you like history, learning your local history can be really interesting. We do some of this up north where DH has generations of family, but you can do it online too.

Cooking - DH and I are taking some gourmet cooking classes this year, next one is Venison, so we are looking forward to that. Not cheap, but cheaper than going out to dinner all the time.

Dh also target shoots on a league, but makes his own ammo, so that occupies him and saves him money. He also builds and flies remote control airplanes - major expensive hobby there.

Home decorating can be a hobby and you like your house? You can learn to upholster or make things for the home that would otherwise cost a lot more. You did tile, right? Well you are already ahead of the game.

I can't think of anything else right now, but even a Wii or Xbox have games that people play online together, we like Dance games and we dance to the Wii and have fun with that too.

OK, decided we have WAY too many hobbies!


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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 11:56am
There are tons of videos for free on You Tube that teach you how to crochet!
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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 1:23pm

Photograhy....especially birds and wildlife.


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 5:20pm

This caught my eye because DH and I have been talking about trying Letterboxing or Geocaching. It's basically like a little treasure hunt. You find the clues online and they lead you to little letterboxes or caches in your area. There are tons and tons of them all over the place! Letterboxing is the "old school" version and geocaching uses the GPS feature on your phone or nav system. It's pretty much free, unless you're driving a long way to find one.

Here's some more info...


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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 6:56pm
This low cost part is hard I agree! I, too, love to scuba dive, golf and snowboard, but I am tabling all of those right now and so is my husband. WAAAYYYY too expensive and can't justify it. My husband and I like to go target shooting too, but even that is expensive But this threat has me thinking.... once it gets warmer out, tennis instead of golf because that is free at the park. :) Not sure what to do instead of snowboarding. Maybe ice skating. That isn't very expensive. I'm sure the local YMCA has some reasonably priced classes. Maybe we can all learn something new. :)
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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 9:32pm


I have an aunt that makes Martha Stewart look terribly sloppy....

When I was little she taught me how to knit, crochet and sew.

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Tue, 01-10-2012 - 7:38am

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Tue, 01-10-2012 - 7:44am

Not sure what to do instead of snowboarding. Maybe ice skating. That isn't very expensive.

Or cross-country skiiing.