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This is a fun and free hobby ideas zone. No expenses are allowed! Okay, now that that has been established…

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.

However, if we can spare fifteen minutes to pursue a hobby we can add great benefit to our happiness and health which has been scientifically supported. Hobbies are a great way to relax, expand your knowledge, and adds layers of richness to your identity. All with the perfect price tag of free!

Put your pants on! We may go outside….or maybe not.


Reading. A personal favorite of mine. I love to consume the written word with its tips, tricks, and hacks to make life better. Luckily, in the 21st century, there are many places to find free material for reading consumption.

As an avid supporter of all things publicly owned, here is a shout out to one of my favorite institutions – libraries! Your local library (no matter how small!) will have many items for you to peruse, from the fake fiction of sci-fi tombs to romance novels over to the nerdy side of nonfiction where you can find everything from self-help to investing knowledge.

Along with ooddles of physical books most libraries have Overdrive which is a digital ebook system. This software allows you to “checkout” 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. Yay, humans!


There are so many things you can 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. Chances are good that you have all sorts of colorful paper confection lying around.

If your paper stash is looking a little barren, never fear chances are you have nontypical slices of trees like newspapers, magazines, outdated calendars, old cards, and scrap paper.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!


Do you have a mobile phone? Congratulations you have already paid for photography equipment!

Nowadays, smartphones have cameras that are shockingly good. I have used old point-and-shoots and an old SLR that doesn’t have the same quality as my current smartphone. No wonder Silicon Valley is so plump with cash!


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!

The point of this convoluted story is that exercising is more than just an expensive membership at a fancy club. It can be a 15-minute walk during your break, a 20-minute run during your lunch, or a walk around the block in the morning. Fun fact: these are all ways I have exercised when I am short on time and funding!


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.


In the end, there are many hobbies that you can pursue for free or at least close to free 99. I use the free 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!

Keep exploring!

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4 thoughts on “Fee Free Zone: Fun and Free Hobby Ideas

    1. Looks like you are well versed in fee free hobbies! What kinda books do you like to read? I am dabbling in nonfiction as of late, mostly self-help and investment knowledge.

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