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7 Fun Hobbies That Won’t Break the Bank

By on July 16, 2018
7 Fun Hobbies That Won't Break the Bank

Having a hobby or two that you love can be a healthy way to spend your time — but many hobbies can be extremely expensive. If you’re looking for a new hobby but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on a ton of extra stuff, here are a few hobbies you can get started on without breaking the bank.

1. Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are becoming more and more popular every single day and they are available on more topics than we have time to list here. Whether you want to learn about managing money, running a small business or just want to be entertained with stories, listening to podcasts can be a great hobby.

Plus, thanks to mobile apps and websites, most podcasts are free. That means you can listen to these awesome resources without ever opening your wallet.

2. Learn a New Language

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but your high school only offered rudimentary French or Spanish classes? You’re in luck — there are plenty of tools, most of them free, to help you become fluent in anything from Japanese to Klingon. DuoLingo, a free app on both Android and iOS, offers lessons in a host of different languages and for all ages and skill levels.

3. Baking

Everyone loves fresh baked goods, but it can take a while to really become a good baker. Thankfully, it’s a fairly inexpensive hobby and you can learn everything you need from cookbooks or the internet. You get to taste all the yummy fruits of your labor — and if you get good, you’ve got gifts for housewarming parties, birthdays and holidays all from your kitchen.

4. Playing the Guitar

This might sound like an expensive hobby, but if you’ve already got a guitar collecting dust in your closet, it can be a great hobby. If you’re not sure where to start, look in your local area. You may even find some shops that offer free lessons. There are also apps, both free and paid, that you can download to help you learn chords, tune your guitar and keep it from collecting any more dust in your closet.

5. Brew Some Adult Beverages

We all love an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine after a long day. But it tastes even better when you brew it yourself. It takes a bit of practice and a small investment in a home brewing kit, but if you can be patient, you can brew up your own beer, wine or liquor in your home. After the initial investment for equipment, home brewing can be an inexpensive and tasty hobby.

6. Reading

Reading might seem like an expensive hobby if you’re buying every new book that comes out, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy reading without ever spending a penny. Amazon offers tons of free books on Kindle on a rotating schedule and sites like Freebooksy keep you from having to search for free titles by sending them to your inbox.

You can also head to the library and check out new and classic books for free without ever opening your wallet — and check out your library system’s mobile eBook lending app, if they have one.

7. Volunteering

Volunteering isn’t just good for you — it’s good for your community, too, and there are plenty of places in nearly every city in the world where they would love to have you come to volunteer. Visit the elderly at assisted living facilities, pick up trash at your local park or serve food at a food kitchen. It’s a great hobby to get into and can do a lot of good.

Picking a new hobby doesn’t have to break the bank! Take a look at some of these suggestions or find something else that you’ll really enjoy without emptying your bank account or tapping into your savings to fund them.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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