Time might be our most valuable currency, meaning that you’ll want to make the most of your precious days off, but you know that already, or else you wouldn’t be here! Hobbies are a fantastic way to make the most of your life, and they don’t have to break the bank either because there’s a whole bunch of fun and cheap – or free! – hobbies that you can try!
Since it can be so very hard to think of good ideas we’ve put together a list of great hobbies if you’re on a budget (and if you’re not!): you can get what you need to get started for less than $50! If you think about how rewarding it will be, you can’t really afford not to at least try. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your true passion if you keep on reading!
Pro Tip: If you do need to buy some stuff to get started with a new hobby, have a look in thrift shops or online. Our favorite hobbies, for example, paddle boarding are great because once you buy the board your only cost is time!
We cannot recommend hiking enough – there are just so goddamn many great things about it! You get your heart rate going (which is super-important for your health!), you get to find and explore new places or visit your old favorites, all while getting a large dose of that fresh air and serenity that only nature can give you. Oh, and unless you want some new hiking boots or cool gadgets it’s virtually free! And can be done anywhere, pretty much at any time. Need we say more?
Whether you’d want to try karate, judo or aikido or if kick-boxing, capoeira or kung fu do a better job tickling your fancy, martial arts are such a good way to get some exercise, get to know and challenge your body, and to have loads of fun while meeting people who also need to work on their pinning techniques and kicks! More often than not places have deals for new members so it will make your wallet as happy as you!
Classes have a given spot on any hobby list because they are so versatile, fairly cheap and combine learning new things with the social aspect of meeting likeminded soon-to-be friends. Take whatever class you’d like: genealogy, a new language, how to make the best pompoms, or (our favorite!) you can learn your way around a kitchen and how to mix the most vibrant flavors together and create incredibly delicious food – can you tell that I’m hungry?!
See, this is one of those things that you can get for peanuts from someone in your area, whether it’s a friend or a kind stranger! If you’re lucky you might even get one for free but cheap is good too, right? Once you have your bike you can learn how to give it some TLC (which is a hobby in itself!) or hit the roads straight away! Biking is like hiking but quicker so it will take you a lot further – and it’s one of the best ways to get some cardio!
Are we the only ones whose minds go straight to chess club when reading that?! Perhaps not: maybe you thought of a tennis club, golf club or a swimming club, or your mind went straight to football or drama! If you’re lucky there are lots of clubs around, and while not all of them will be cheap some will be and they’ll all let you practice and perfect your passion – unless you’re just in it for the fun, which is even better!
Chances are that your phone camera will be more than enough to start composing interesting and captivating photos (if not, you can get decent film cameras for cheap!) so you can dive into the world of photography right now! There are so many tips and challenges to be found online if you don’t know where to begin – you can learn some technical stuff too – and if you want, you can get a subscription to photo editing software and start creating your own magic.
Now, depending on what you want to do this might require some level of experience but if you’ve worked with or been around animals before, then you’re ready to go! Well, you might need some equipment first – especially if it’s the horse that is your spirit animal! Once you have the gear you need you can have a look around and see if anyone needs help with exercising their horse, and if not perhaps someone is looking for some company for their dog or cat!
Or to knit, or to draw – the main thing is that you’ll be able to get what you need without having to smash you piggy-bank and that it’s easy to bring with you if you don’t want to spend the whole time inside! Knitting needles and yarn can be very cheap and if you get some watercolors and a pad you can spend a couple of bucks on a bus or train ticket and go somewhere nice to paint! If you’re more into sketching, then swap the paints for some pencils – done!
Volunteering is another very versatile hobby because there’s so much you can do: work with animals, kids, the elderly or other people in need; do marketing or admin work or spend your time outside building and repairing! It’s also free and awfully rewarding because you know that you’re helping and contributing to making the world a better place. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something!
Whether you choose to learn, help or just have a buttload of fun hobbies are so rewarding! There are a billion more things you can do – let us know if you’ve found your perfect way to spend your free time!