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Living on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t have hobbies. While some hobbies can be expensive, you don’t have to go broke in order to enjoy one. It really is as simple as swapping expensive hobbies for cheaper ones, or even free ones. Sometimes your hobbies might help you earn a little extra cash!
There are tons of frugal hobbies out there. Here are 8 frugal hobbies that even someone on the tightest budget can enjoy.
Take advantage of your local library, used bookstores, or book swaps if you’re on a tight budget. If you have an e-reader or tablet, you can purchase e-books that are cheaper than the paperback version. Be sure to check out Amazon’s Kindle Store regularly to find free e-books as well. Plus e-books help reduce clutter!
Learning to sew is an incredibly useful skill. You can make and mend clothes, quilts, and even gifts for friends and family members. I learned the basics of sewing back in high school, and I’ve used it a number of times since. I’ve created my own Halloween costume using my sewing techniques, and I’ve even fixed some of our cat’s favorite toys.
Hiking is a great and cheap way to go exploring and get outside. There are two state parks just an hour away from us, with trails that range from beginner to expert hikers. Sometimes we’ll drive up to one of these parks and spend our afternoon hiking the trails.
Play board games
We have an entire box full of board games in our home that we break out whenever we’ve spent too much time in front of the TV. At least once a month you can catch my boyfriend and I playing Scattergories or Uno Attack. There are a variety of board games out there ranging from 2 player to 8+ players. Board games are a great way to spend time with your friends or family and will continue to pay for themselves over and over again.
Start a blog
If you love to write, then I highly encourage you to start a blog. You can create a self-hosted blog for as little as $3.49 a month! If there is something you are passionate about, I encourage you to blog about it! Who knows, maybe your hobby will eventually become your full-time job! How cool would that be?
Photography is a relatively inexpensive hobby. All you need is a camera. Most cell phones nowadays have great cameras, so you don’t need to buy a DSLR camera right away. However, if you’re looking to get into professional photography, you will need one. If your photos are good, you can make money selling them on stock photo sites!
Think of geocaching as an outdoor real world treasure hunt. All you need is a GPS (you can even use your phone)! Participants will navigate to a set of coordinates and attempt to find the hidden container at that location. There are millions of “geocaches” hidden around the world! Many of my friends have tried it, and they’ve really enjoyed it!
Jigsaw Puzzles, Word Searches, and Crossword Puzzles are all great and inexpensive hobbies. I used to love doing word search puzzles in my spare time. I still do them every now and then, but it’s a lot less frequent. You can get puzzle books and jigsaw puzzles at the dollar store, and you can even find some online for free.
What are some of your hobbies?
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