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Hobbies challenge you, reduce your stress, and are a great form of self-care. They can also sharpen your mind, keep you active, and boost your resume depending on the hobby you choose. Nevertheless, many of us don’t have a hobby. It’s partly due to time, and partly because hobbies can be expensive.
It’s true that hobby-related costs can add up. Many hobbies require you to take lessons, buy gear, and pay for memberships and tickets to events in order to participate fully. However, not all hobbies are expensive — and some expensive hobbies you can save tons of money on if you take the right approach. For instance, you can save on athletic gear by shopping at retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods or by buying secondhand items online. If you need a hobby but don’t have a lot to spend, give one these six budget-friendly hobbies a try.
Most sports require a lot of equipment to participate, but not swimming. At minimum, swimmers need a comfortable, fitted suit and goggles to start, although a swim cap and nose plugs can make swimming more comfortable. Swimmers can find low-cost places to swim laps at public pools and YMCAs. To save money on the little bit of equipment you do need, click here to find online promo codes and coupons at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Playing an Instrument
Playing a musical instrument can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proliferation of free instructional videos and low-cost online lessons, people can learn how to play an instrument for less money than ever. Plus, you can find affordable second-hand instruments at retailers like Guitar Center or use promo codes to save money on a new instrument so you’re not paying full price.
With one million square miles of public lands in the U.S., many of which are free to access, hiking is the perfect low-budget hobby. With nothing more than a comfortable pair of hiking boots, a water bottle, and clothes you’re willing to get dirty, you can start hiking trails in your town, state, and beyond. Hike trails on free-access public lands, take advantage of annual fee-free days, or splurge on an America the Beautiful Pass that gains you entry into more than 2,000 recreation sites for one low price.
If you’re the kind of person who needs to keep their hands busy, knitting is the hobby for you. Knitting is a wonderfully soothing activity when you’re sitting at home, on the bus, or in a waiting room, and the only supplies required are knitting needles and yarn. To save money on yarn and other nice-to-have tools, shop at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabrics, where you’ll find coupons and steep discounts on craft supplies.
For a new hobby that could land you a new job someday, give computer programming a shot. Whether you want to design websites, develop apps, or try your hand at another kind of coding, there’s a free resource online to get you started. The Next Web names some of the best ways to learn coding for free or cheap.
For a hobby that gets you active, relieves your stress, and saves money just by doing it, start a garden. For the small price of soil and seeds, you can start growing food in your own backyard, balcony, or community garden plot. Supplies are cheap off the shelf, but you can save even more by attending seed swaps, picking up used garden gear at yard sales and thrift shops, and searching for discounts at home improvement stores like Home Depot.
Don’t let a tight budget keep you from pursuing a hobby. Whether you’re rich, poor, or somewhere in between, you need a hobby in order to maintain a well-rounded life. Try one of these hobbies or find another pastime that gives you something to look forward to without hurting your bottom line.