When people first start thinking about getting a hobby, the thought of the expenses starts pouring into their minds.
They start wondering about the materials they need in order to start venturing into learning or doing it every day. However, starting a hobby shouldn’t really give you any mental glitches in terms of what you need.
I have not done all these hobbies. Most of them are from the lives of others which I have curated and compiled into a single blog post.
With these 11 cheap hobbies that you can do with little or no money, you can rest well and learn many things starting today. Have fun and cheers!
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Biking is an inexpensive skill to learn.
All you need is a cheap bike on Amazon and a little mental push to get on the bike and learn. The cost of good bikes is around $100-$200 which most people can afford. If not saving up your cup of coffee each morning can do the trick. With five or seven sessions you will start getting into a groove.
You can also join biking groups to keep you motivated to bike more consistently. Other than that, you can get one of your close friends or family members to join you in the challenge of biking once or twice a week.
In addition, biking costs less to start but will help you save money in the future. Why?
Because, when you bike every day, your bone density improves which is linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks. You also get to cut out those stubborn fat reserves under your skin.
As for where you can start biking, we recommend within your neighborhood. And at least thirty minutes of it for starters.
I have a brother who goes for a 30-minute to one-hour jog every single morning.
All he needs for his jog is a pair of shorts, a running shirt, and sneakers. And he has been doing this for almost six months. It doesn’t cost him a dime.
Rather he is getting leaner, healthier, and stronger every day. I have even started jogging with him on his daily jogs.
Walking is an activity we do every day.
We walk when we are at home, we walk when we need to get to work, or when we go shopping at the supermarket.
However, with a little bit of intention, you can turn walking into a joyful activity. Joy is something we all need and it shouldn’t come at a cost.
Put aside at least thirty minutes to an hour every day for some mindful walking. Research suggests it brings into your life lots of benefits – low-stress levels, strong bones, and overall general well-being.
You need a journal, a pen, and your brain.
You are done.
Writing in your journal might seem uninteresting at first. But when you persist, you will experience a sense of calm and relaxation. And since it is free, you don’t need to worry about any expenses. Probably, just the journal you will be using.
Check our posts on some interesting topics related to journaling on our site.
Starting a blog no longer costs a dime. Just an internet connection will do.
There are sites like Blogger, Medium, Tumblr, or Google Sites that allow you to host your content for free. After you generate a following and earn some income through affiliate marketing or ads, you can then move your site to a more suitable web hosting company like Hostinger or Bluehost.
It is free so start blogging about things people love now.
Do you love books?
If so, jump on to Google and search for some of the topics you care about and start looking for their PDF documents. You will probably find most of them all for free.
After you have downloaded them onto whatever device you’re using, start reading them and viola you are becoming a reader. All at no cost than an internet connection.
In any case, you have loads of different books you can read. There are stories, documentaries, and non-fiction materials.
If you had the notion that reading is an expensive hobby because of physical books, then I hope that is out of the way. However, you can join a library and enjoy their resources for the price of a cup of coffee.
Money or no money, you can become a reader.
This skill joins in really well with the act of reading.
Since you are taking in information from other people, you need to process this information in a way that will make it valuable to you and your situation. This is where sketch noting comes into the picture.
This is the skill of sketching out the information that is coming to you in a visual form using icons, lines, arrows, and other visual structures that make the information more memorable.
Doug Neil comes to mind when I start thinking of sketching the ideas I read. He is incredible at illustrating ideas visually that make it both impactful and helpful to the viewer.
You might be thinking is this expensive to start? Of course not. It requires a blank journal, some pencils, and colors to accentuate the ideas you want to pop out of the page.
We recommend you check out his channel at Verbal to Visual if you want to learn more about this hobby or skill.
Although most people have the explicit idea of “I can’t draw”, other people implicitly have the notion that drawing involves spending lots of money on supplies.
However, drawing doesn’t need to be an expensive skill to pursue. With little money, you can get inexpensive materials on Amazon and start drawing now.
If you are looking for tutorials, you can start for free on YouTube. There are many high-quality videos on how to start drawing as a beginner. It is all free.
Playing Board Games
Looking for a hobby that can help you compete with others and have fun at the same time? Board games are just the right type of activity.
They cover a whole spectrum. From parties, war, children, etc. There is something for everyone. They are cheap and will bring so much fun. In the beginning, you might feel crappy as you are now starting to play. But as time goes on you will get better.
Taking photos is cheap.
The idea of photography should not be linked to having a professional camera which costs thousands of dollars. Technological advancements have made it easier for everyone to own his or her own personal camera close by. Companies like Apple and Samsung have phones that take exceptional photographs. It is as if you have been snapped with a professional lens.
You probably own one already so start using it to your advantage.
Puzzles are great mental workouts for the mind.
This means they are healthier everyday activities we must engage in. Five to three sessions every day will keep your brain refreshed and happy for years to come.
Should such a powerful tool be expensive? Of course not.
It is free.
You can find great puzzles all over the internet. They are just sitting there waiting for people to participate and have fun. Just pick one you resonate with and play it consistently. In addition, you can find puzzles in journal articles and newspapers you read every day.