Frugal Friday: How to Keep New Hobbies Cheap!

Knitting is one of my hobbies.

Knitting is one of my hobbies.

I can be a bit of a hobby addict. I love learning new things, exploring new crafts and discovering ways to use up all that free time I have ๐Ÿ˜‰ But learning and exploring new hobbies can be expensive! I recently took up gardening and I was intimidated by how expensive gardening supplies can be. Here’s some tips I’ve learned to keep it frugal while exploring a new hobby.

  1. Don’t buy any expensive tools until you know if you like it!
    I’m all about buying quality items, but until you find out if you like the hobby, borrow a friend’s tools or buy used supplies. ย Thrift stores, for example, can be a treasure chest of knitting supplies. After all, you might end up hating underwater basket weaving!
  2. Pick a cheap(er) hobby
    Let’s be honest, some hobbies are cheaper than others. I recently took up hiking which is good for my body and completely free! Something like horse riding on the other hand would be a bit more pricey. I’m not saying that you should totally give up on your more expensive hobbies, if you can fit it in your budget, but if you are looking to take up a hobby, I’d seriously consider a free hobby over a pricey one!
  3. Make your hobby useful
    My favorite kind of hobbies are those that are useful. I recently learned how to knit and I love giving my knitting as gifts. If your relatives are sick of getting scarves as gifts, consider selling your wares. A little side business could actually help your wallet and help balance out some of the expenses of your hobby.
  4. Lost interest in your hobby?
    There’s always those hobbies that we think that we’ll love and we end up hating. If you’ve lost interest in your hobby, consider selling your supplies to friends, family or through Craigslist. There’s no need to have that weaving kit taking up room in your closet!

Hobbies are important. They give us an emotional and creative outlet that reduces stress and keeps our minds sharp! But there’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on hobbies either. Let’s keep it cheap!

Got any ways to save money on hobbies? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


3 thoughts on “Frugal Friday: How to Keep New Hobbies Cheap!

  1. lourab33

    I’m so glad to hear you are taking up hiking. My family and I are avid hikers, and it is so gratifying, healthy, head clearing, and just fun!

    As far as hobby cost regulating- Sharing tools with your friends saves a ton of money! I do metal stamping, painting, and furniture restoration. I am lucky enough to have a neighbor with a pretty impressive power tool arsenal, and this has saved me a ton. Just take care of whatever you borrow and be open to lending what you have.

    Shopping bargain bins/yard sales/dollar stores/ and local buy,sell,trade sites for supplies first. We live near a military post and there is usually a craft/ tool supply clean out before every PCS move ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy weekend!

  2. Faye

    Find a cheap thrift store and buy supplies from there…I see yarn, knitting needles, crochet needles and supplies there all the time.

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