Published 02 May 2018 Category: Compass Tips

8 Hobbies That You and Your Wallet Will Love

It can at times be difficult to balance your work life with your leisure time, and that’s not even including the other responsibilities you have such as your kids/family or your schooling. When you finally have time to do something you want, it can be confusing where to start or spend this coveted free time without breaking the bank.

Here are 8 hobbies that you can pick up that are great to do alone or with your family or friends:

1. Exercise
If laughter is the best medicine, then exercising is a close second. Exercising not only does wonders for your physical and mental health, but it can also be enjoyable! Exercise can take so many different forms; running, hiking, swimming, dancing, etc. so find something you like! Exercising regularly reduces feelings of anxiety and depression and releases endorphins which can greatly improve your mood.  There’s a reason they call it a runners high! You can either join a cheap gym or not pay at all and exercise in public parks, pools, nature, or even your own home. Click here for more benefits that exercise provides.

2. Cooking
Cooking is a great hobby because not only can it be enjoyable, it can also save you money! Cooking at home is often cheaper than eating out and there is a sense of pride that comes with successfully making your own delicious food. Sites like allrecipes.com make it easy to follow recipes with their massive collection of different dishes you can make. Check out their collection of recipes for cooking on a budget here.

3. Genealogy
It is incredibly interesting and rewarding learning about your ancestors and tracing your family lineage. You can ask for help from your family and look online as well. Ancestory.com is the best source however, as for a modest subscription fee you can have access to all of the government records and assistance in completing your family tree. You will learn a lot about where you come from and who knows, you may find out you are related to someone famous!

4. Learn an instrument
Nowadays learning an instrument is easier than ever as there are seemingly endless amounts of instructional videos on YouTube for just about any instrument you can think of. While there is the initial cost of buying an instrument, there are very few costs after that! Sites like Thomann or Amazon are good for buying quality instruments fairly cheap. Learning an instrument can keep you busy, provide endless entertainment, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you start learning and getting better!

5. Reading
We've already talked about exercise, but reading is the exercise for your brain! There are many different benefits of reading including but not limited to: improved memory, increased vocabulary, stress reduction and tranquility. There’s a reading genre for everyone and no matter what your preferences are, there will always be something out there for you that will capture your interests. Check out Esquires list of the top books of 2018 thus far here or check out all the free books the internet has to offer. Project Gutenberg is a good site for famous older books and Free-E-books is a great place if you’re browsing by genre.

6. Geocaching
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers called "geocaches" at specific locations marked by coordinates. This hobby has become popular all over the world, and you can find these caches almost anywhere. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil that you use to sign the log to prove that you found it. You put the cache back where you found it so the next person can enjoy the adventure in finding it too. This is a fun activity for everyone and hunting for the cache is something kids will enjoy too.

7. Blogging
Writing a blog is a good way to interact with people and write about stuff you might be passionate about! If you have a passion or if you need a space to rant, creating a blog is a great option that you don’t need to spend hardly any money on. Heck, you can even make money! You heard me right, you can make money writing about stuff you love! Affiliates may pay you to mention their brand on your website or in your blog. For example if you love writing about local restaurants in your area, a new local restaurant may have you try their food and write about it for publicity! Sites such as WordPress make it easy and affordable to create your own blog and get started.

8. Camping
Camping is a hobby that can be expensive, but if you make an effort to be frugal it can also be a very cheap hobby to enjoy when you can. Whether it’s a vacation or a weekend getaway, camping with your friends and family can be a great bonding experience that can reduce stress and anxiety. You can also dictate the level of “ruggedness” in which you camp. A lot of camp grounds can make it feel like you never left home, while others can challenge you to rough it out and fend for yourself. Depending on where you go camping, all you need is a sleeping bag, tent, matches, water, and good company!

Don’t spend your next time off sitting at home not doing anything! There are plenty of hobbies not even mentioned in this list that you can also take up. Whatever it is you do, always live by the rule that the more you put into it the more you will get out of it. Tackle each hobby head on and try new things. You might surprise yourself and find your new calling!