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Hobbies That You Can Afford

Bored? Low on Funds? Consider These Affordable Hobbies!

Hobbies are a great way to spend time. You’re enjoying your interests and feeling accomplished with each achievement you complete. They also open your world to new things, people, events, or skills. However, the challenge with hobbies is that they can get expensive fast.

There are some exceptions, though, and not every hobby has a price tag. Here are some affordable hobbies you can try that can help you pass the time when you’re bored. You might even discover a new passion here.

Watch Documentaries

Documentaries can be fascinating because they are a reflection of real life. While there is a tendency to steer the story into the director’s intended outcome, you cannot deny how intriguing they can be. You can learn more about true crime stories or the world’s mysteries. How about diving deep into the background of the world’s recent events? There is likely a documentary for you to explore.

The best part about this is that you likely already have access to these documentaries. A simple search on YouTube or Netflix will bring up lots to choose from.

Become a Fact Checker For Wikipedia

Anyone can become an editor of Wikipedia to ensure its knowledge remains as accurate as possible. The website provides guidelines on what to do if you ever want to change any of its pages. It includes how to place references, a style guide, and more.

You can do this during your free time if you love writing and research. Find a topic or niche you enjoy and begin searching Wikipedia for information. From there, you can start diving deep into resources, adding new information, or editing existing ones.


You don’t need an expensive bike to go biking. You can purchase a second-hand one in good condition for under $100. This is a way to exercise, stay active, and explore. You can even use it as an alternate mode of transportation when you want to go to nearby areas. When you want a more natural trail, there may be local biking areas near your home.

When you don’t have the money for a bike, an alternative could be hiking. All you need are shoes durable enough for hiking, and you can be on your way to explore.

Cooking or Baking

Cooking doesn’t have to be expensive like you see on television. In fact, a popular trend today is cooking on a budget or using only the ingredients you find at home. You find that creating a tasty dish can be worth the hours you put into it. You can look for ingredient alternatives or search for cheaper options to cook the dishes you want.

Cooking at home is also cheaper than dining out. You also don’t need to buy a cookbook, as many resources are available today. A simple search online can yield hundreds of ideas at once.


Reading expands your horizons, improves your vocabulary, and teaches you new things you may not have known. It brings all these benefits and is one of the cheaper hobbies to have in your arsenal. You don’t even have to buy brand-new books, as the library and second-hand ones are always available. E-books are also a popular and cheap option compared to traditional paperbacks.

If you’re not into reading, how about audiobooks instead? You can plug one in to listen to while doing other tasks. These can be a great source of entertainment when you have nothing to do.


Another step you can take is to write, as all you need is a pen and paper. Most of today’s writers also love typing on their computers or using their phones to fuel their hobbies. There are many things you can write about, including:

  • Ideas
  • Stories
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Plans
  • Jokes

Writing helps you express yourself and keeps your mind sharp. It’s also a way for you to process and understand your emotions. There’s also something appealing about writing a letter or creating a blog about something you love.

Tabletop Gaming

Video games can be expensive because you’ll have to buy them and the platforms that run them. Having a high-end PC or console can also use up much of your funds. You may not even have the money to buy them right now. A great alternative would be tabletop gaming.

For example, running a Dungeons and Dragons game with friends doesn’t need much money. Someone who understands the rules can run a game using only dice, pen, and paper.

There are also many other board games that you can buy for $15 to $30. These games have a lot of replayability and are a great way to spend time alone or with friends.

DIY Crafting

DIY crafting doesn’t require you to spend anything at all. You can use the items at home. In a worst-case scenario, you’re only buying a few craft essentials. There are many things you can DIY, including:

  • Gifts
  • Clothes
  • Home Improvement
  • Crafts

Music and Arts

Art can also be inexpensive, depending on your medium. The most you’ll spend working on art will be time, as most work can take hours, if not days or weeks. There are many inexpensive options you can take when it comes to this, such as:

  • Graphics design/art
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Sculpture

Start Your Fitness Journey

Many can attest to the wonders of a fitness hobby as it can improve both mind and body. You’ll feel better and look better without needing much investment. Nowadays, you can create a workout routine at home with minimal equipment. Alternatively, you can buy a gym membership for as little as $10 a month.

Start Somewhere

A hobby is all about spending time doing something you enjoy or love. Start somewhere and begin discovering what may interest you. You don’t have to stick with one at the start. You can experiment with different things until you find something to stick to long-term.

affordable hobbies

Finny the Finance Bot says…

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I have some low-cost or free hobby suggestions that could bring you joy and fulfillment:

  1. Photography – Get a camera and start exploring your surroundings. You could even start a personal photo project or learn editing techniques.
  2. Cooking and Baking – Try out new recipes, bake some goodies, and experiment with ingredients.
  3. Gardening – Get some seeds, soil, and pots and start a small vegetable or herb garden.
  4. Painting or Drawing – Get some paints or markers and start creating. You can also attend a free art class at a community center.
  5. Hiking – Find nearby trails, lace up your shoes, and go on a nature adventure.
  6. DIY projects – Use your creativity and problem-solving skills to make something new out of old items.
  7. Reading – Get lost in a book, find a new author or genre, and join a book club to discuss with others.

I hope one of these suggestions sparks some inspiration and joy for you!

The author generated Finny the Finance Bot’s text in part with GPT-3, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model. Upon generating draft language, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the language to their own liking and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.

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