Start a New Hobby

Start a New Hobby

Think you have to spend money to have fun? Think again.

Photo of blue, purple and yellow balls of wool

Knit chicken sweaters?

Living on a really tight budget because you want to get out of debt or retire early doesn’t have to mean sitting in a dark room eating noodles. It just means swapping expensive hobbies and pastimes for cheap or free ones. Even better, you might find a few that pay you to do them.

Here are a few fun hobby ideas to get you starting something new!

Run a side business: Turn a hobby into an income stream. Run an online shop, build websites, run a blog, do freelance writing or sell your photographs.

Dexterity skills: Play hackey sack, juggle or learn to stand on your hands.

Scrap booking: I’ve never done it myself, but it sounds like the sort of hobby that can keep you very busy.

Craft: Sewing, knitting, dress making. Then sell it on Etsy.

Restoration: Rebuild old cars, old furniture or anything you can find at thrift-shops that needs a bit of TLC. Make it as good as new to use in your house in place of buying more expensive items, or sell them on for a profit.

Home-brewing: You can brew beer, wine or cider very easily at home. The ultimate resource for how to brew beer is How to Brew by John Palmer. Note: this is an affiliate link – it won’t cost you any more if you buy it using my link, but you will support the blog.

Homesteading: Learn how to live as self-sufficiently as possible. Taking care of animals and a full sized vegetable garden is almost a full time job, but it’s an amazing lifestyle if you can manage it.

Learn to sing: Voice – the cheapest musical instrument available.

Learn to cut your hair: If you have a short haircut you really should cut your own hair. It will save you thousands of dollars over the years and is really easy.

Canning: If you have a vegetable garden, then you’ll end up having periods where you have way too much of a particular vegetable. The solution is to make preserves, chutneys and relishes and to can your produce to make it last.

Keep chickens: This is guaranteed to keep you busy. Having chickens probably won’t save you any money, but it’s a fun hobby. They are good companions and give you eggs and meat for your troubles.

Carpentry: This is an awesome hobby to have. If you don’t have any basic carpentry skills you should learn them because they’ll save you money. Learning how to fix and restore your possessions is a huge bonus. I’m going to be building a deck next summer and will be relying heavily on carpentry to get it done.

Do you have an interesting hobby?! Tell us about it below!

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