Posted on Apr 02, 2019, 5 p.m.
Whether you already have a handful of serious hobbies or have never really been a hobby person, there’s never been a better time to hone your craft as a true hobbyist. People of any age and ability can find fun, interesting hobbies to throw themselves into -- whether they be solo, group, or a combination. And the best news: hobbies don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The internet has made it easy to save on tutorials, lessons, and even equipment. Here are some budget-friendly options for anyone looking for something new to do.
Make Beautiful Music
Being able to play a musical instrument is cool enough as it is, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t reap one of the dozens of other benefits (like stress relief, improved brain function, and boosted creativity and confidence) that come with this particular hobby. While buying an instrument on which to learn will cost some money, if you’re smart about it it won’t be that much. Be sure to look for coupons when searching online for deals on instruments. And once you have the instrument of your choosing in hand, the internet has even more cheap/free lessons and tutorials than you can imagine.
Pick Up a Sport
What sport you decide to make a hobby of largely depends on whether you want to play group, team, or solo games - but if you’re unsure and want to hop into something then golf is a great option. Why? Because golf is a game that is just as fun and rewarding played solo or with a group. While golf has a reputation of being a bit pricey, it’s actually not. Public courses are cheap, and you can find decent to good clubs on the cheap as well. If you do need to purchase sports equipment, keep costs down by buying used equipment or searching for online sales at major retailers -- a sporting goods coupon can go a long way toward saving a lot!
If golf doesn’t sound fun or economically feasible, think about walking, jogging, yoga or running. All of these are virtually free and incredibly good for you. If you’re a senior with a Medicare Advantage plan, look over your policy to see if you’re eligible for Silver Sneakers. Many plans provide access to more than 13,000 fitness centers, with no extra cost to you.
Make Something Beautiful with Your Hands
Serious arts and crafts hobbyists may seem to possess a small fortune of tools, supplies, and other specialty equipment, so it may shock you to learn that you can get into art without breaking the bank. There are numerous artsy hobbies perfect for newbies, including knitting, cross-stitching, coloring, and drawing. You can find free tutorials online as well as arts and craft blogs, and for your initial supplies, check out online deals and coupons for hobby and craft stores.
Learn a Practical Skill for the New Age
While a hobby should be fun, it doesn’t have to be a throwaway thing. It can also help you achieve a goal, develop a secondary career, make a little extra money, or help you be better at other hobbies. There are dozens of sites that will teach you how to code for free. Programming can be fun on its own right, but once learned it can help you do other great hobbies like online website building, blogging, and scrapbooking.
Hobbies don’t just give you something to do, help stave off boredom, and make your life a little more interesting -- hobbies have been shown to positively affect your career. (You never know what kind of hidden confidence booster comes along with a new hobby!). So make a point to try something new today. Picking any of these low-cost hobbies will give either you body, mind, or spirit a boost -- and maybe all three!
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