Ideas for low cost hobbies?

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Ideas for low cost hobbies?
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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 :)


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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 6:30pm

Oh Bex, I am sooooo boring, lol. :) And sadly I am 29, which I think might be close in age to you if I remember correctly.

Things I used to do with friends when I spent frivolously included: shopping (just because), eating out, drinking, concerts, road trips, gym membership, classes (yoga, dance, etc.), hosting parties, buying gifts for friends (again just because). On my own I used to buy tons of books, do craft projects (money spent on supplies and tools), etc. DH and I early in our dating would go shopping for fun, eat out tons, travel, and go to the movies almost weekly (man do I miss the movies).

Now I do nothing. I read still, but borrow books or ask for them for Christmas/birthday. I watch tv and workout at home (we do pay for netflix), I go for walks/runs, I do go to the gym but it is a crappy gym in the park that I go to for free because I'm a City employee. I feel lame most of the time and I definitely don't have friends or a social life. Sad right? That's part of the reason I work two jobs, I need the money yes, but I also have free time on my hands. :(

So I can't wait to hear people's suggestions! I wish I could find people my age that were interested in spending time socializing without spending money. It seems impossible.


 


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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 6:48pm
I hear you! I am 30 so we're in a similar spot! I don't have much of a social life either because of the lack of money :( I don't get how my friends do it (i'm sure there is a lot of debt floating around). My friends spend like crazy (trips, shopping, insane weddings etc) and here I am making almost 2x as much as some of them feeling like I am constantly scrimping and saving.
I do have a gym membership and my gf's go to the same gym so we sometimes go together but I hardly see them anymore. I think I need to budget in some fun stuff for me.

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 7:01pm

I love to cook from scratch . . .and that actually can cost a bit of money if you are making high end stuff . ..

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 7:06pm
Gosh, I feel old: you are both around the age of my DD!

My biggest hobby is reading, I average 2-3 books per week. My other hobby is interior decorating magazines, clipping what I like and creating imaginary rooms for myself. I buy the magazinnes from thrift shops (usually about 50 cents each) so it doesn't cost a lot. I don't know why, but I just love it. I sit with a glass of wine and go through a stack of magazines. My other hobby is spreadsheets. I'm obessessed with my spreadsheets. ;-)

Of course, these are all geeky, sedentary hobbies. DD has decided to take up soup as a hobby and her goal is to master making stock and then at least 10 soups. Personally, I love this hobby because I'm reaping the rewards (I loved her wild-mushroom and barley soup. And her chipotle and black-bean soup. YUM!) She also has started a hobby of entering contents. She's been doing really well with winning free tickets to movie preview screenings. So far, we've seen The Debt, Three Muskateers and The Muppet Movie for free.

Kate


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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 7:34pm

exercising. i love going to the gym. with the added bonus it really improves my mood and then i think imay be broke but i have a banging body! the zumba classes don't even feel like exercise and the yoga classes help me chill. my friends are also broke so we do a lot of game nights. i buy games at DI (utah version of GoodWill) for a dollar. i also love to read. i get a lot of my books at DI for .50 to a 1.00. and if i am really scratching for something to do i go to work. i work at a job where i can go in most anytime.

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 7:48pm

Well I am very LUCKY to have a group of

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 8:44pm

Find something that you like, that means something to you. If it doesn't mean something to you, you're less likely to enjoy it. After this, see whether the activity is financially acceptable for you.

Some people, like me, really like learning new skills, even if these are not very useful in our lives. Others just want to have fun. So this is a factor, too. Learning a new skill is a way for me to improve myself, to expand my horizon.

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 9:13pm
I like the website Sporkle. I try to learn the different countries on the maps of the world! I know not very interactive with people though....have you thought about volunteering ? I used to volunteer at the homeless shelter and also the dog shelter. I know not hobbies...but it helped me keep perspective. I'll try to think about actual hobbies though. Hmmmmm you are right most cost money! Will post any other ones I can think of!
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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 9:14pm
Bex, My biggest hobby is the gym...I go almost every day. My membership costs, but I figure the more times I use it, the less each time costs. I also think knitting and crocheting are good hobbies that give you something for the money you spend. In the States we have 'Project Linus' where you can make blankets for children in need if you can't find other sources for your output. I also am a big sports fan, and I watch the games on tv and read about the teams on line. I made myself like sports when I was about your age and I was the only woman manager in my department. The men would invite me to lunch, but their main topics were military service and sports. I thought they were so smart until I started reading the sports page and realized where they got all their information. Ialso like cooking and I find it saves me money for both meals and gifts. So many people don't cook that you can really dazzle them. Reading is good and books are available for free at the library and cheap at used bookstores, yard sales, thrift stores, etc. My cable has free on demand movies and I like watching those. If you invite a few people over to watch a pay or movie, that lowers the costs. Pop some popcorn, have 'bring your own beverage' and it's a cheap night. There are tons of volunteer opportunities - political, animal shelter, church related, food bank, visiting shut ins or nursing homes...just about anything you would like to do, someone would like that help... What hobby would you pursue if money were no object? SJ
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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 9:00am
Hmmm, that's a really interesting question SJ. I have often wondered that myself. I took SCUBA lessons and am certified and I love it, but DANG is it ever expensive :( For now I have resigned myself to going when I am down south and can just buy some kind of package from the resort I'm staying on.
I want to learn to crochet, but NO ONE here knows how, so I would have to take a class. I am looking into it and so far it seems managable (about $5 a week) so I may try that. I've been seeing a therapist for a while to try and help me deal with stress better and he thinks knitting/ crocheting would be great as it would "give me permission" to just sit and relax!

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