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23 Cheap Hobbies for People on a Budget

You need a hobby to relax and to have some fun. Your mind and body needs that rest and relaxation too. Engaging in interesting hobbies will help you in this endeavor.

Some people prefer not to have hobbies because they have the wrong perception that these are usually expensive.

The truth is that there are numerous hobbies that you can do for free or that are dirt-cheap. You need not spend heavily to enjoy several hobbies.

To help you out in acquiring hobbies that you can find worth your time, here's a list of several hobbies you can select from.

Inexpensive but Interesting Outdoor and Indoor Hobbies

1. Walking or Hiking

Walking and hiking are outstanding hobbies. This is because aside from being free, they promote mental and physical health.

These exercises enhance proper blood circulation; help maintain ideal weight and normal blood pressure.

What more, it's totally free. You get a breath of fresh air while staying fit and trim.

2. Swimming

Swimming can be fun and refreshing at the same time. It's also an excellent exercise that can burn those extra calories away. It's inexpensive and it's free, if you're near a body of water.

3. Biking

This hobby can take you places. You'll enjoy the blast of fresh air on your face, while toning your muscles and having an incredible view of the landscape around you. It's also a self-fulfilling hobby once you get to balance yourself on those two wheels.

4. Fishing

If you want to just relax and rest your muscles, fishing is a good alternative. Cast your rod and enjoy the tranquil surroundings as you reflect on your life and bask in the beauty of nature around you. It's a calming hobby that can inspire the "thinker" in you.

5. Gardening

This is an economically useful hobby to save food cost. Get out your garden tools and cultivate that idle land in your backyard. You'd be surprised how tasteful home cultivated veggies are.

It's great picking your own salad veggies from your own backyard. It's a different high to be growing your own food.

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6. Photography

This can be an expensive hobby, but once you've bought your photography gears, everything will be smooth sailing. You can turn this hobby into a money-making venture by learning its intricacies. Enroll in a photography class and learn the skill of taking those breathtaking photos. Selling them to magazines and online photography sites can earn you money.

7. Sports

Likewise, you can immerse yourself in sports. Learn how to play tennis, basketball, golf, or volleyball and exercise those muscles. Athletes develop healthier bodies because of their healthy lifestyle. You can also earn accolade for yourself by participating in professional contests. Who knows, you might be the next Navratilova!

8. Birdwatching

This is a hobby that can be rewarding if you couple it with photography. Capture the birds that you watch with your cam and get the most out of your experience. Being able to appreciate nature is also a gift.

9. Be a philatelist (Stamp Collecting)

Collect stamps of all designs, origin and type and compile them neatly in an album or case. You can learn about the history of each stamp and broaden your knowledge, while enjoying yourself.

10. Knitting

Learn how to knit. Few people are knitting nowadays, but this useful hobby can become your lifesaver when special occasions come and you don't have any gift ideas. Knitted sweaters and scarves are incredible gifts during these times. You can make each gift personalized with the name of the recipients nicely embroidered in the sweater and they'll appreciate your gift forever.

11. Collect miniature items

Miniature items are lovable, and collecting them would be a joy. Collect miniature shoes, figurines, angels, and all other items that you want. Be sure you have a safe cabinet that you can display them in.

12. Play chess

Playing chess can exercise your mind and enhance your cognitive abilities. The mind is like a muscle, if you don't exercise it, you can lose it. So, get those mental juices flowing by challenging someone to play chess. It's a good aphrodisiac too.

13. Dancing

This is a superb hobby for music lovers who want to move around when they hear music. Dancing is not only fun, but it's also a good exercise that you can embark on. You can invite friends to a rumba round in your house or you can join a group to dance for a cause. Your body will remain in tip-top shape while you're having loads of fun!

14. Aerobics

Aerobics is an exercise that can restore your health and body flexibility. There's no need for you to go to a gym. But if you want to enjoy your time with friends too, this is a fun activity that you can do in groups. Stretch those muscles and stay healthy.

15. Mountain climbing

This is an extreme sport that you can engage in, only if you have a strong stamina. Of course, you can develop that stamina the more you go mountain climbing, but if you don't want to exert too much effort, go for the lesser strenuous hobbies such as, swimming or playing basketball.

Mountain climbing though, makes you achieve a different high, and a more rigid physical training. Be reminded that if you're afraid of heights, then mountain climbing is not for you.

Inexpensive but Interesting Online Hobbies

1. Blogging

Indoor, blogging can be rewarding in terms of money-making ventures, enhancing your writing skills and enjoying an online social life.

It's easy to create a blog with Blogger or Wordpress and enjoy the perks and fulfillment only the blogosphere can provide. Through blogging, you can develop your writing skills, while providing valuable information to your readers.

Interact with other bloggers and make friends from all over the world, without leaving the comforts of your own home. It's an exciting hobby that can enrich your life.

You can also monetize your blog and make money out of your hobby. Numerous bloggers started this way and became six-digit earners eventually. Earn while having fun.

2. YouTubing

You can also sign up for YouTube and share videos with the online world. Create interesting videos or educational and informative videos and share these to online users. It's definitely fun making one. Help others learn while you enjoy yourself too.

Also, YouTube is a powerful tool in sending messages. So, if you want to let others learn from your experiences, you can YouTube it or share it on your blog,

3. Play Word Games

Playing Word Games help hone your mental cognitive abilities, so if you don't want to catch Alzheimer's disease early on, play word games. Researches have proven that exercising your mind helps in preventing the condition, and in boosting your mental health.

4. Write an eBook

If you love writing and you want to develop your writing skills, you can always write an eBook. There are various book writer groups online that you can join such as Nanowrimo. You can also write your own eBook and sell it online on These ventures are all free, you don't spend a dime, yet you can earn online.

Lots of people made their living this way. It's awesome that you can earn from something you love doing, right?

5. Participate in Open Forums

Open Forums are good venues to participate in, if you're fond of answering and asking questions. This can be a perfect place to help other people get answers to their dilemma. You help others, while having fun yourself.

Also, participating in Open Forums allows you to meet new friends from all over the blogosphere. You will surpass all physical distance and meet people of various races and beliefs that will make the discussion thought-provoking.

It would be a learning tool for your growth and development as a person.

6. Join Facebook

Sharing your insights, thoughts, videos and stories on Facebook to your friends and followers is quite cool. You can immediately know what's new from your friends' status updates. You can share also your photos, but beware not to share too personal information and photos, because some trolls may use them maliciously.

Be judicious, also, of who you accept as a friend because once they're your friends, they can see all your photos and information, unless you block them.

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7. Play online games that sharpen your senses

Aside from word games for your mind, you can also choose to play games that can sharpen your reflexes and your decision-making process.

Take care not to become a game-addict, though. Don't sit for long hours playing games. Remember, it's only a hobby that you can engage in when you have fulfilled all your daily tasks.

8. Become a freelancer

This is another hobby that you can get into, if you have a propensity towards writing. By becoming a freelancer, you can earn from your hobby. You can enjoy writing on various topics assigned by your online employer and earn big money in return.

Some writers earn their keep this way. What's more exciting than being paid for doing something you love?

These are all interesting and cheap hobbies you can engage in offline and online.

Choose two or three of these hobbies and make the best out of them. These hobbies should enrich your life, develop you as a person and allow you to enjoy yourself.

Do you know any other cheap hobbies? Let us know in the comments.


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