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This is a fun and free hobby ideas zone. No expenses allowed! It’s like an exclusive club for people who want to save money.
It seems like a rare occurrence where there is time to participate in a hobby. Between work, adulting (mean-mugging the never-ending house cleaning!), and needy human relationships there seems to be little time for anything else. I feel that on a deep level.
If I can spare fifteen minutes to enjoy a hobby, I can add great benefit to my happiness and health which has been scientifically supported. Hobbies are a great way to relax, expand knowledge, and adds layers of richness to my identity. All with the perfect price tag of free!
Reading Is Sexy
Reading. A personal favorite of mine. I love to consume the written word with its tips, tricks, and hacks to make life better. In the 21st century, there are many places to find free material.
As an avid supporter of all things public, one of my favorite institutions is libraries! My local library (it’s on the small side) has many items to peruse, from fake fiction and sci-fi tombs to romance novels. My nerdy side hangs in nonfiction where I can find everything from self-help to investing knowledge.
Along with ooddles of physical books many libraries have Overdrive which is a digital ebook system. This software allows a “checkout” of books for any mobile device.
If there is one thing that brings humanitarian pride, it’s the invention of libraries where everyone has access to entertainment or enhancement. Way to represent, humans.
Not Just For Kids: Fun with Paper
There are many things I do that are fun, free, and involve paper. There are traditional uses like drawing, writing, and to-do lists. The remix version is using it for card making, scrapbooking, or origami. I frequently have all sorts of colorful paper confection lying around.
Even when my paper stash looks barren, I use nontypical slices of trees like newspapers, magazines, outdated calendars, old cards, and scrap paper.
Recently, I took half sheets of blank scrap paper and turned it into a book that I used for learning how to draw. I knew the pictures would be…awkward. Instead of glorifying these horror shows, I challenged myself to not buy a notebook. The result was starting a hobby with a zero start-up but 100% fun!
Capturing Free Fun
I have a smart phone and that is all I need for photography equipment!
Smartphones have cameras that are shockingly good. I used an old point-and-shoot and an old SLR that doesn’t have the same quality as my current smartphone. No wonder Silicon Valley is so plump with cash!
Exercising For the Fitness Win
Since the Rona is still raging, I have opted to suspend my gym membership indefinitely. Having 30 minutes of gym time is not worth the horrors of Rona. Instead, I workout at a super awkward yet efficient time, at work!
Exercising is more than an expensive membership at a fancy club. Sometimes its a 15-minute walk during my break, or a 20-minute run during my lunch, or a walk around the block in the morning. These are all ways I exercise when I am short on time and funding!
A Deeper Relationship with Nature
If there is one place where expectations are free, it’s anything starting with nat and ending with ure. Recreating in nature is a great way to keep expenses low thanks to the plethora of walking paths or hiking trails. Nature makes everything better.
Unlimited Fun and Free Hobby Ideas
In the end, there are many hobbies that I can pursue for free or that are close to FREE99. I use this motto as a challenge, how can I make insert-fun-and-free-hobby-ideas with the items I have at hand? Sometimes I can’t win that challenge but more often than not, it’s a successful endeavor.
Necessity is the mother of invention!