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😥😉😩 It can be intimidating to start a hobby. You may not have any idea where to begin or you may have come across one that requires you to go buy costly equipment. The truth is that many hobbies can at least be started without much money. To find a low-cost hobby, pick something that is interesting to you, doesn’t require a lot of materials to start, and is available to you in your area.
Part 1Part 1 of 3:Searching for Hobby Ideas Download Article
- 1Begin a collection. Many different collections can be started with little to no cost. One way to do this is to go outside. Look for rocks, plant leaves and flowers, or insects you can preserve and keep on display. Take a walk down to a beach and look for sea glass. Another way is to begin to invest in an object you wish to collect, such as saving bottle-caps you’ve found on the ground or gotten from your beverages.
- Others can help you begin or grow a collection by bringing you items such as coins or snow globes back home as gifts.
- Also consider buying a book on collectibles or joining a club of fellow enthusiasts.
- 2Start an art or craft project. Many arts and crafts can be started with few materials. Writing, sculpting, drawing, and more will likely be available to you simply by using what you already have on hand. In addition, you can go to various stores, including dollar and thrift stores, to supplement your projects with cheap material such as scrap wood, fabrics, or metal.XResearch source
- Search for craft projects on sites such as craftster.org or Pinterest and join art groups on Reddit.
- Look around your house before you begin. Often unused material can give you an idea for a project or help you complete one at low cost. You can use old electronics, wood, fabric, or paint to make miniatures, for example.
- Retail stores have some cheap supplies, such as coloring books and paint-by-numbers kits. Hobby stores will also have kits that can help you start doing activities such as building model planes or whittling.
- 3Study something new.XExpert SourceSeth Hall
Life CoachExpert Interview. 16 November 2021. Think of a subject you’d like to learn. Search out the institutions in your area. Your local community center or library may offer free classes on anything from square dancing to programming, but you can also search local colleges and businesses for inexpensive classes.XResearch source
- Sites such as khanacademy.org and coursera.org offer free classes on a variety of subjects.
- Youtube, podcasts, and phone applications are a great way to start. For example, try the free Duolingo application to learn a language.
- 4Listen to music. Youtube contains a vast quantity of music you can listen to for free. In addition, you can discover music you like by using online radio stations or services including Pandora and Spotify. By taking time to expose yourself to new music, you can turn music into a relaxing hobby without having to by albums.
- Afterwards, you can go onto a discussion site such as sputnikmusic.com to rate and review music.
- 5Play music. Singing is an activity you can get into before you make a purchase. Sites such as karasongs.com are a place to start to find free karaoke tracks. To learn an instrument, you can also borrow or buy a used or beginner instrument and try to teach yourself using beginner books or a site such as guitarlessons.com
- 6Venture into nature. The world outside has a lot of hobbies you can start with no cost. Explore the surrounding landscape with hiking or geocaching.XExpert SourceSeth Hall
Life CoachExpert Interview. 16 November 2021. Watch birds, look at the stars, go camping, or garden at home.XResearch source
- Use geocaching.com to download coordinates of capsules you can track down around your environment.
- 7Get active. Search your area for local activities such as sports leagues or yoga shops. Many times these are free or cheap community-driven activities. You can also find or organize pickup games in public parks. Ride a bicycle around the community, learn to juggle, or sign up for a martial art at the YMCA. If you close the beach go bodysurfing or, bodyboarding.XExpert SourceSeth Hall
Life CoachExpert Interview. 16 November 2021.
- 8Learn a game. Games are like sports and often benefit from being shared in the community. Game groups will often supply board games or video games at no cost to you. In addition, libraries and schools may have video game groups for children and adults. You can also play a wide variety of games online or play card games with people around you.
- Use a site such as meetup.com to see what groups are in your area.
Part 2Part 2 of 3:Picking Cheap Hobbies Download Article
- 1Pick an activity that fits your personality. If you can think of a personal interest to explore right away, you have an easy place to start. Otherwise, try to think of a hobby that might appeal to you. Think of what makes you feel good or creative now. What feels fun? What did you like to do in the past? Focus on these answers and start exploring how you can start the hobby at a reduced cost.XResearch source
- Remember that you can change focuses as you go. Don’t be afraid to try out different hobbies. Borrow equipment or sell what you don’t need.
- 2Choose a hobby you can monetize. A hobby that makes you money pays for itself. Many of these, such as needlework, don’t require much of investment to begin. Others, such as reselling, may require a more intensive investment to start but pay for themselves in time. Many hobbies have the potential to be monetized.XResearch source
- The first goal with a hobby should be enjoying yourself. For example, when writing a blog or making online videos, don’t expect to get paid. It may never happen.
- 3Transform an activity you already do. Something you already have to do can be adapted into a hobby. You will have to cook to be able to eat, but you can make cooking a passion using recipes that utilize low-cost ingredients. These activities can add to your life, making small expenses worth it.XResearch source
- Other examples include couponing and thrift shopping to make a hobby out of saving money on necessities.
- 4Ask experts how to begin. Go online, to class teachers, or find hobbyists and ask those who are experienced in your potential hobby for the minimum cost of materials you need to start. This will help you judge whether or not a hobby fits into your budget. You’ll often be surprised that you don’t need as much equipment as you imagined.
- Many of them will have tips on how you can save more money. They were in your position at one time.
Part 3Part 3 of 3:Making Your Hobby More Affordable Download Article
- 1Utilize home material. Look around you before you begin a hobby. See what you can use out of the materials laying around your house. Do it yourself craftsmanship means you can fix your home, repair broken materials such as computers, or make objects you can give away or sell.XResearch source
- Use your imagination. Get creative with the material you have. For example, you can shape a figurine out of old wood or metal. Look online for ideas if necessary.
- Writing and journaling can also be done with little to no added expense by using any stray paper, notebooks, or a computer.
- 2Buy cheap material. You don’t need to go all out to fund your hobby. Home crafting hobbies can be done for very little. Go online to a site such as eBay or a bulk store to get a lot of material at once. You can also purchase used clothing or get fabric scraps from a fabric shop for needlework hobbies such as sewing, for example.XResearch source
- A cheaper option for a technology hobby is to rebuild old or broken computers. You can buy a computer or get it from someone you know.
- Selling creative products you make from cheap material helps you continue to fund your hobbies.
- You can always find beginner kits, such as paint-by-number sets or guitars that cost a fraction of an official model. These can be found at retail stores.
- 3Borrow equipment. Equipment costs don’t have to get in the way of finding a hobby. At first you can rent the necessary equipment and try out your hobby. You may be able to find a "Library of Things" or a tool library in your local area to borrow equipment from. If you wish to continue with the hobby, you can continue to rent until you wish to buy your own equipment. Speak to people involved in your hobby to find places to rent equipment or try to borrow from people you know.XResearch source
- Renting is useful for outdoor hobbies such as skiing or kayaking.
- Renting can also help you down the road for situational problems during your hobby, such as when you require a specific tool to use once in metalworking or gardening.
- Groups are also good for borrowing equipment. For instance, in a board game group, you can enjoy the games others bring without having to supply any games yourself.
- Computer companies also offer month-long trial versions of their products. Photo editors, for instance, can download Photoshop and buy after the trial.
- 4Obtain used or beginner equipment. If you can’t or don’t want to borrow, you can always get your own equipment. Thanks to the Internet, reseller websites are everywhere. This makes it very easy for you to get anything from a working musical instrument to a soldering iron to books and video games to test or continue your hobby.
- 5Ask for help. Many hobbies also begin by a parent or friend bringing home a gift. If there’s a hobby you are thinking of trying or continuing, someone else may be able to help you. This is good for collecting. If you’re interested in stamps, you can have friends and family save some for you and bring back more when they travel.XResearch source
- Online communities are also good ways to get into hobbies. Some people will be willing to send you stamps or exchange yours for other ones, for example.
- QuestionHow do I find an inexpensive hobby?Seth HallSeth Hall is a Life Coach and the Founder of Transformational Solutions, a Los-Angeles based life-coaching company. He specializes in working with groups and individuals to build healthy habits and behaviors that lead to a prosperous lifestyle. He is also the co-author of The Mountain Method and The Mountain Method: Children’s Edition. Seth is a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming through the iNLP Center.
Life CoachLife CoachExpert AnswerThere are a lot of hobbies that don’t cost a lot of money or have a one-time cost associated with them, such as sports like surfing and skating. You can also look for local meetups to get an idea of the different hobbies people have. The biggest thing is actually going out there and trying new things to see what you like.
- QuestionIts hard for me to find a hobby because I'm not really crafty or sporty, I want something I can just pick up and do, I don't want to go out, and I can't afford much. What should I do?Top AnswererIt sounds to me like a good hobby for you might be jigsaw puzzles! There are millions of different puzzles available in all sorts of themes, so look for one that will create an image you will enjoy looking at. The main thing you will need is a large, flat surface (like a table) that you can comfortably sit at while completing the puzzle, and ideally where you can leave the puzzle in place when you are not working on it. Jigsaw puzzles are great because they don't require any particular skill to complete, you can do as much or as little in one sitting as you want, and you can work on them while doing other things like listening to an audiobook or watching TV.
- QuestionWhat hobbies would be fun for someone that likes animals, books, being outside, and doesn't like people that much?Community AnswerReading is a great hobby, and you could even write your own stories or books. Do this outside if you like! You might also enjoy horseback riding (which admittedly is not cheap), bird-watching, or volunteering at an animal shelter.
- QuestionWhat cheap hobby is right for the person, who likes cats, hedgehogs, owls, Facebook, writing, coffee, tea, desserts, good food, flowers, friends and cute things?Community AnswerSounds like you would enjoy baking, journaling, gardening, or maybe volunteering at an animal shelter! You could write a blog about your adventures with trying new baking recipes since you like writing!
- QuestionI just got my first snow globe! It's tiny, but want to start collecting snow globes now! Can that be my hobby?Community AnswerYes! Of course you can make that your hobby. In fact, there are lots of people who collect snow globes, so if your collection gets serious, maybe you can join a snow globe community and even travel for conventions and meetups. It's a nice hobby idea!
- QuestionHow can I learn to bake? My family is too busy to help me learn (and other issues).Top AnswererBaking is largely about chemistry, so paying attention in science class or reading books provides a strong advantage. Whether baking or cooking, the first step is always following recipes. Where possible, learn from tried-and-true recipes, so you do not question if it is you or the recipe. From there, you learn textures and effects of mistake. With this, you begin to learn what ingredients do (science and books can help with this part). You will soon learn how to fix it when things go wrong. With this understanding, you can start making substitutions and eventually create your own recipes. Once you can create your own and succeed, you are considered an advanced home practitioner.
- QuestionIs baking about cooking or chemistry?Top AnswererIt is both! Baking requires chemical reactions to achieve its textures, such as the mixing of acids and bases. Understanding those reactions can help you fix mistakes, improvise and invent recipes. However, for most of time, people understood the cake needed baking soda and buttermilk, but never understood why - and that's okay! Cooking is reliant on science too (try looking up the Maillard reaction) but, where too much baking soda can ruin baking, cooking is less exact; you can make some mistakes like throwing in too much water, and all that happens is you need to cook it longer. To start though, you only require the ability to follow instructions.
- QuestionDoes watching a series on Netflix count as a hobby?Top AnswererTechnically, no, not of itself: a series is a limited-time event, whereas a hobby - assuming it becomes your hobby - is continuing. Watching a series can be part of another hobby, such as a documentary series on the environment or a writer studying storytelling structure. Generally, watching Netflix (or any television), while fun, is too passive on its own to confer the benefits of a hobby... but still, watch the series and enjoy!
- QuestionWhat is a good hobby for a person who likes to bake, has an interest in gardening, wants to get better at art or wants to program, without much-if at all-money? (And for a teen too.)Top AnswererThe possibilities are endless. If you want to garden, you can use your interest in art to design a flower garden, or design recipes from your vegetable garden. All you need is the price of a few packets of seeds and some basic gardening equipment you may already have or can borrow. All of these hobbies can benefit from apps you create. Best of all, there is the potential for making money in all these hobbies.
- It usually doesn’t take much to start a hobby, and when you truly enjoy the hobby you’ll find the cost to be worth it.
- Share in a hobby with others. Not only do they help you enjoy your hobby more, they can help you avoid costs.
- ↑Seth Hall. Life Coach. Expert Interview. 16 November 2021.
- ↑Seth Hall. Life Coach. Expert Interview. 16 November 2021.
- ↑Seth Hall. Life Coach. Expert Interview. 16 November 2021.