The way we spend our free time can have a significant impact on our lives and savings. It is really important to consciously decide about our activities. Having an expensive hobby can bring you a lot of satisfaction, but on the other hand, it can destroy your finances.
If you want to learn how to find a fulfillment in simple activities, I prepared a list of hobbies you can start with.
Who doesn’t like reading? You are reading this post, so for sure, you enjoy gathering new information, searching for inspiration and/or learning. And that’s all reading is about (at least for me).
There is so much to read. You can read for joy, to develop, to relax. I read a lot about personal finances as well as blogging and online business.
For your inspiration here are some of my personal finance posts:
- 8 easy ways to improve your finances over the weekend (and save tons of money!)
- 6 frugal living ideas that will simplify your life and save you tons of money
- 57 Ideas For a No-Spend Weekend
- Why you fail to save money and how to fix it
- 6 unique rules to master your money
And here’s how my blog is doing:
We live in the amazing 21st century where the access to the knowledge is unlimited thanks to the internet. I read a lot online, there’s just so much free knowledge. However, if you’d like to have something offline or just like buying books, go ahead and do so.
I really enjoy it, I try to go hiking every month. It’s simple, it’s pure, it’s fun and it’s relaxing.
I love taking a few hours off. Just walk.
I can focus on my ideas, thoughts, or just interact with nature.
Just enjoy life.
As long as you don’t buy a crazy expensive bike, this can be a nice, inexpensive hobby.
The cool thing is that you are not putting pressure on your knee joints so it might turn out to be more healthy for you than other sports.
I know a couple of people who started biking, because they found jogging, or going to gym too stable, or boring.
I use writing as a tool to put my thoughts down. It helps me structure my ideas.
Once you put something on a paper it makes more sense.
5. Writing a blog
Before I started blogging I thought that writing a blog is just like writing a diary. You sit down, take your laptop, write down some thoughts and that’s it. I couldn’t be more wrong.
Having a blog that is growing and working pretty good is a challenge. It’s a business, not a diary. You have to think about following aspects:
-writing a quality content that helps people (otherwise they will spend less than 5 seconds on your posts)
– getting traffic (you don’t want to have a blog that has no visitors)
– getting subscribers (those are the readers that really like what you publish, you want to keep in touch with them)
– making some money out of it.
If you have some entrepreneurial spirit and would like to try to create an online business, blogging is definitely one way to go. If you are interested you can check out the tools I use and recommend.
You might also want to check out how I’m doing (I publish monthly income reports since the very beginning of my blogging journey).
6. Playing board games
You can actually learn a lot about strategy while playing board games. What I really like is also the fact that you can socialize. It can be really cool and entertaining.
Warning! Schedule a couple of hours – it can be really absorbing!
If you are looking for a board game that will also help you manage your money, Monopoly is a classic one. An old one, but the great one!
According to WHO (as per 20/10/2017):
In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
Do I really have to say more? Get your ass off the couch and do something. Go jogging, do push-ups, do squats.
Can’t manage to do to that? Go for a walk.
Whatever you decide to do, just do it. Don’t wait for the weather, don’t wait for tomorrow.
Please keep in mind:
buying a gym membership does not burn any calories!
If you want to have a meaningful, frugal life, you don’t actually need to have a gym membership. There is plenty of workouts that you can do at home, in your garden, or on the street. Google it and do it.
8. Playing an instrument
Well, before you decide to buy the drums you might want to discuss the decision with your family and/or neighbors, but yeap, playing some musical instrument definitely can be really fun.
9. Learning a new language
That is a big challenge!
Learning a new language can be really time-consuming and pretty tricky. You will have to learn some words, grammar, and pronunciation.
But you know what? You don’t have to treat yourself as if you were at school.
I enjoy learning languages, but most of the time I just watch some youtube videos in another language. Really!
It sounds funny, but it helps a lot. Pick up a topic that you like. I love to listen about cars (even though I sold mine… find out why).
What I do is I go to YouTube and search for car reviews.
Where do you think I learned English? Yes, on the internet, watching some series.
10. Listening to podcasts
That is something I’m doing on weekends. Every weekend there is something I have to do at home. Cleaning, ironing, washing, etc.
What I do is I search for some podcast about personal finance, blogging, personal development, or whatever I’d like to listen to.
… and I listen… sometimes a couple of hours…
It is great because I can do the stuff that has to be done while listening to something that helps me develop myself, my blog, my finances, and so on.
I totally recommend trying!
Whether you have a deep need to help others, or you just have some spare time you would like to do something valuable in your free time, volunteering is the thing to try.
Not only can you help people, but you can also meet some new, inspiring friends.
12. Learning origami
There are two groups of people: those who are patient and those who just scrolled the whole article and might have even not noticed this sentence ;).
I’m rather the impatient one (you can probably tell after reading some of my income reports).
If you are patient you will probably enjoy origami – it’s fascinating what can be done out of a piece of paper.
However, if you are also the impatient type of person, you will probably crumple the sheet of paper and throw it in the trash can. You should still learn origami. Why?
The answer is simple – you (me too!) should finally learn how to be more patient!
Really! Take a book about origami, take a piece of paper and schedule an hour just for that.
No patience = no sustainable results.
In life. General. Remember.
These were 12 frugal hobbies that you can have when you want to focus on saving money. I hope you liked them. Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you have any other ideas/thoughts/questions on that topic.