Money Hack—16 Hobbies That Won’t Break the Bank

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Money Hack—16 Hobbies That Won’t Break the Bank

Money Hack—16 Hobbies That Won’t Break the Bank

As we usher in a new season of spring, many of us might be tempted to dust off some old hobbies or pick up a few new ones altogether. As the days warm up and we get outdoors more and more, it’s the perfect time of year to dive into new interests.

But there’s a caveat. Oftentimes hobbies (especially ones that are new to us) cost an arm and a leg. Tools, materials, and training aren’t cheap. So we’re here with our third installment of “Money Hack” to offer more affordable solutions. Instead of blowing through your hard-earned cash, consider this year looking into frugal hobbies that interest you and will also help keep your budget on track. After all, no hobby is worth derailing your finances.

If you’re the market for a new hobby or two, here is a money hack list to consider.

Biking. Cheap bikes are especially easy to find this time of year as people are cleaning out their garages and having yard sales. Pick up a cheap cycle and start pedaling around your neighborhood. It’s affordable, it gets you outside, and it’s a good way to stay active.

Walking. All you need is a good pair of shoes. You really can’t get much cheaper than that! Meet up with groups to walk trails in your area. It’s a great way to socialize and will help you stay fit at the same time.

Reading. You get double bonus points for checking books out from the library. This is literally a free hobby. You can’t get much better than that. If you’re looking to add a social element, look for a book club in your area and get involved.

Drawing. Got some paper and a pencil? Well then you have a new hobby! What makes drawing even better is that you can easily take your supplies with you and no matter where you are, there’s always ample inspiration to draw from your environment.

Podcasts. From art to history to mystery and more, you can listen to just about anything via podcast. Podcasts are mostly free online and are a great way to learn new things you’re interested in!

Exploring. There are probably tons of free treasures and events right in your backyard. Take advantage of your city’s events calendar, paying particular attention to free or frugal activities. Also make it a priority to check out landmarks, public use lands, and hiking trails in your neighborhood.

Board games. Most likely, your town has a gaming center where people get together to play games together. This is an economical way to engage your mind while making new friends.

Geocaching. All you need is a GPS-enabled device such as a smartphone and you’re set to go. You can hunt for caches secreted away by other participants from all over the world. It’s like one giant Easter egg hunt. Just be sure to leave something for the next person to find!

Fishing. Even if you don’t have fishing gear, you can get ahold of some very reasonably. Check out secondhand gear stores, local postings, and garage sales. All you need is a fishing pole and some tackle. It’s cheap, enjoyable, and can even put dinner on the table.

Journaling. This is a great way to fine-tune your writing skills and is extremely affordable. You can either journal electronically via sites like Penzu or the old-fashioned way with paper and pen.

Yoga. Did you know there are TONS of FREE yoga videos on YouTube? From restorative practices to intense, heart-pumping regimens, there’s something for everyone on the world-wide-web. All you need is a mat and some free time.

Rock collecting. Essentially, this hobby is free. When exploring new places, look for intricate and beautiful stones, rocks, and pebbles to add to your collection. Make it even more interesting by researching your stones when you get home.Volunteering. Maybe you’re looking for a hobby that gives back a little to your community. Volunteering your time is a free way to get involved. You can work with the elderly, children, or even explore outdoor programs.

Cooking. Just like you can find just about any yoga practice for free on YouTube, there are also a ton of cooking tutorials to try out. This hobby only requires ingredients and from it, you’ll receive some savory and fulfilling meals.

Crosswords. Got a local paper subscription? You have a new hobby! There’s typically a new crossword every day for you to practice your wordsmith skills.

Gardening. First, read our post “Money Hack — Gardening.” With those tips in mind, a garden can be extremely economical, is a wonderful hobby, and gives back plenty to put on the table.

Ready to try something new? We hope these hobby ideas encourage you to explore new interests all the while saving money by opting for cheaper, more frugal opportunities.

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