hobbies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3340/all en-US 7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mature_woman_holding_dog_at_home.jpg" alt="Mature woman holding dog at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your golden years are finally here, and while you don't want to blow through your nest egg too quickly, there is still a little room for splurges here and there, especially if they double as self-care. Here are seven splurges in retirement you definitely won't regret.</p> <h2>1. Adopting a pet</h2> <p>Dogs offer many benefits to retirement-aged individuals. Not only do they give you companionship, but they also give you a reason to get up and exercise more. There are also several studies that show dog ownership can reduce the risk of heart attack and lower stress.</p> <p>Not into dogs? That's okay! Adopting a cat can provide just as many benefits and can be less work to take care of. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-pets-for-frugal-animal-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 8 Best Pets for Frugal Animal Lovers</a>.)</p> <h2>2. Achieving your goals</h2> <p>Whether you sit down and write an official bucket list or have one or two goals you wish to achieve, now is the perfect time to check those boxes. Maybe you want to eat a $100-steak, or spend a week in Europe. Whatever it is, you can make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-european-destinations-finally-cheap-enough-to-visit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 European Destinations Finally Cheap Enough to Visit</a>)</p> <p>Financially, you might not be able to afford accomplishing&nbsp;<em>everything </em>on your list, and you definitely don't want to go into debt in retirement. However, by using savvy saving techniques, you can find discounts on any restaurant, travel destination, or adventure.</p> <h2>3. Spending time with family</h2> <p>If you don't feel like you see your family members enough, invest in seeing them more regularly. Spend a week with them and offer to watch the grandkids. Or plan times for your family to come visit you. Traveling to visit loved ones can add up quickly, so it's important to find free or cheap activities when you're together, and remember that quality time doesn't have to cost a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend?ref=seealso" target="_blank">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>4. Trying new hobbies</h2> <p>Retirement is a dream come true at first since you finally get to relax. However, it's easy to grow bored of the same routine every day, and you might find yourself missing the fast-paced work day.</p> <p>One way to avoid boredom is to keep yourself busy with new hobbies. What have you always wanted to learn? Find classes or lessons in skills that you want to improve, whether it's a Spanish class, cooking class, or piano class. If you enjoy gardening or sewing, find ways to make it more sociable through local sewing groups. If you consider yourself skilled at one hobby, perhaps photography or auto mechanics, volunteer your time teaching others. When we engage in the activities that we love and then share them with others who enjoy them, we feel more satisfied. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Healthy foods</h2> <p>Now is not the time to settle for eating processed foods. Investing in healthy, organic foods will always be worth the cost. And if you shop smart &mdash; seek out seasonal produce and use grocery coupon apps while shopping &mdash; it doesn't even have to cost you more. You want to postpone the aches and pains and health issues that come naturally with aging as long as possible, and eating healthier is one way to do so. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-low-cost-foods-packed-with-nutrition?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Low-Cost Foods Packed With Nutrition</a>)</p> <h2>6. Personal fitness</h2> <p>Don't wait for back pain to flare up before treating yourself to massages, chiropractic care, acupressure, and reflexology. Sign up for yoga classes or join your local walking group to stay active and fit. You've worked your body hard your whole adult life, and now it's time to give it some TLC. You deserve it now.</p> <h2>7. Home upgrades</h2> <p>Now that you aren't running off to work every day, expect to spend a lot more time at home. What would make your home easier to live in now and in the future? Consider splurging on a remodel to make your house more appealing to you, as well as to benefit you in the future. Even small home upgrades can add a lot to your current comfort and your listing later, should you decide to sell your house. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-home-improvements-that-add-thousands-to-your-listing?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Easy Home Improvements That Add Thousands to Your Listing</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Retirement%2520Splurges%2520That%2520Are%2520Worth%2520Every%2520Penny.jpg&amp;description=7%20Retirement%20Splurges%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Every%20Penny"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Retirement%20Splurges%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Every%20Penny_0.jpg" alt="7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement">How to Find Your New Identity After Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-overseas-retirement">How to Get the Most Out of Your Overseas Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-work-at-home-seniors-can-master-work-life-balance">9 Ways Work-At-Home Seniors Can Master Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-vacation-destinations-where-eating-healthy-is-surprisingly-cheap">4 Vacation Destinations Where Eating Healthy Is Surprisingly Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-moves-to-make-before-taking-a-mini-retirement">5 Money Moves to Make Before Taking a Mini Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Retirement family healthy eating hobbies pets retirement tips saving money splurges travel tips Thu, 03 May 2018 08:00:18 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2136122 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mature_woman_working_on_computer.jpg" alt="Mature woman working on computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every single retirement expert seems to agree on one thing: You should wait until at least your full retirement age (FRA) before taking your Social Security retirement benefits. The reason for this consensus is the fact that taking retirement benefits <em>before </em>reaching that all-important FRA will result in permanently reduced benefits &mdash; which could be a serious problem as you get older.</p> <p>But what do you do if you can't afford to wait until your FRA? Those same retirement experts may wag their fingers at you for taking early benefits, but are they offering solutions for how to bridge the financial gap until you have reached your FRA?</p> <p>Thankfully, there are legitimate ways to bring in income while waiting to reach your full retirement age &mdash; and none of them require you to pull a Walter White. Here are four options for bringing in money while waiting for that magical moment known as FRA.</p> <h2>Tap your equity with a reverse mortgage</h2> <p>With a reverse mortgage, any homeowner over the age of 62 who owns their home free and clear (or has significant equity in the home) may access the equity in their home, either in a lump sum or in monthly installments, while still living on the property.</p> <p>If all you know about reverse mortgages comes from the attractive seniors on daytime commercials, you might assume that this is a great option with no downsides. However, reverse mortgages do come at a cost, and it's important for homeowners to understand what they are agreeing to before they sign on the dotted line.</p> <p>To start, reverse mortgages, just like their traditional counterparts, come with closing costs. In particular, you can expect to pay an origination fee of approximately 2 percent of the home's value, an upfront mortgage insurance premium, and traditional closing costs. In addition, during the life of the loan, you can expect to pay an annual mortgage insurance premium and a monthly servicing charge.</p> <p>You should also remember that your reverse mortgage loan can come due for any of the following reasons:</p> <ul> <li> <p>If you sell the house.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you pass away.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you can no longer consider the home a primary residence. In particular, if you have to spend more than 12 months in a nursing home, your house will no longer be considered your primary residence.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you don't pay your property taxes, don't have adequate homeowners' insurance, or if you don't maintain your home properly.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Reverse mortgages can be a good option for seniors who need to bridge the gap until reaching full retirement age, but they are certainly not a cure-all solution. If there's any possibility that you can't keep up with maintenance (including paying your taxes and insurance bill), that you might need some sort of long-term, off-site care, or that your kids are counting on inheriting the house from you when you pass away, this is not a good option for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-downsides-of-a-reverse-mortgage?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Downsides of a Reverse Mortgage</a>)</p> <h2>Rent out your property</h2> <p>You probably don't have a spare house available, but that doesn't mean you can't make some money by renting out your space or even the things you own. To start, if you live in an area that draws tourists, renting out a spare room (or even the entire house) on Airbnb can be an excellent way to bring in extra cash. If you rent out your entire home, you could house or pet sit while your guests are in your home &mdash; and potentially make money on both ends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>Of course, not all rentals are about a place to hang your hat. Don't use your car every day? Rent it out with a service like <a href="https://www.getaround.com/" target="_blank">Getaround</a> or <a href="https://turo.com/" target="_blank">Turo</a>. Have a two-car garage and only one vehicle? Rent out that extra parking space with a service like <a href="https://www.parkingpanda.com/" target="_blank">Parking Panda</a> or <a href="http://www.parkeasier.com/" target="_blank">Spot</a>. Have power tools or sporting equipment gathering dust? Rent it all out with a service like <a href="https://www.loanables.com/" target="_blank">Loanables</a> or <a href="http://rentnotbuy.com/" target="_blank">RentNotBuy</a>.</p> <h2>Embrace the side hustle</h2> <p>No one wants to hear that they have to work longer in retirement, but side jobs ain't what they used to be. These days, you can find any number of rewarding gigs that can help make ends meet &mdash; and fit in with the lifestyle you want in retirement.</p> <p>For instance, finding a way to make money off a hobby you're already doing can be a good way to bring in extra income without feeling like you're still stuck in the daily grind. Avid gardeners could become garden consultants for neighbors with black thumbs. Animal lovers could offer daily dog-walking services. Crafters could make their wares for sale, or offer classes on how to create their beautiful designs.</p> <p>If you're not interested in monetizing a hobby, think about what sorts of things people turn to you for. If you have an impeccable eye for fashion, offer to help people look their best. If you know how to get the best deal on a used car, create a consulting service for buying cars. The sky is the limit in terms of creating a side hustle that will fit with your preferences, abilities, and schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Easy Ways Retirees Can Earn Extra Income</a>)</p> <h2>Sell your stuff</h2> <p>If you have the time to post your items on Craigslist or eBay, this can be a great way to both downsize your stuff to a more manageable (and retirement-ready) amount while making some money at the same time. As a bonus, a lot of the stuff that was new when you were in college is considered vintage these days &mdash; which means you might get some good money for the stuff you'd otherwise just give away. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money</a>)</p> <h2>Making it until FRA</h2> <p>Though it can seem like the wait to reach full retirement age is interminable when you could use the Social Security retirement benefits each month, you will be glad you waited. Finding a way to bring in other income while you wait for your FRA may not be the retirement you dreamed of, but you'll feel good that you ensured higher monthly benefits for life.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Ways%2520to%2520Find%2520Income%2520While%2520Waiting%2520for%2520Full%2520Retirement%2520Age.jpg&amp;description=4%20Ways%20to%20Find%20Income%20While%20Waiting%20for%20Full%20Retirement%20Age"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Ways%20to%20Find%20Income%20While%20Waiting%20for%20Full%20Retirement%20Age.jpg" alt="4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-creative-ways-to-boost-your-retirement-savings">9 Creative Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-boost-your-social-security-payout-before-retirement">6 Smart Ways to Boost Your Social Security Payout Before Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-your-house-can-earn-a-paycheck">17 Ways Your House Can Earn a Paycheck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-to-ask-before-you-start-claiming-your-social-security-benefits">5 Questions to Ask Before You Start Claiming Your Social Security Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-to-claim-social-security-before-your-retirement-age">3 Reasons to Claim Social Security Before Your Retirement Age</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Retirement AirBnb benefits downsizing eBay full retirement age hobbies renting reverse mortgages selling your stuff side gigs social security Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:16 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2131425 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Find Your New Identity After Retirement http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_black_boy_embracing_grandfather.jpg" alt="Young black boy embracing grandfather" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most people work for at least 35 years before they decide to retire. This provides ample time for a person's job to become one of the most stable parts of their identity.</p> <p>A lot of retirees end up feeling lost once their career is no longer part of their everyday life. Without the identity that their job provided them, they don't know who they are anymore. Some retirees end up going back to work, while others eventually find their way through to a fulfilling second act. If you are retiring or thinking about retiring, here are some ways to make the transition to your new life smoother. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-might-do-on-your-first-day-of-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things You Might Do on Your First Day of Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>1. Volunteer for your favorite nonprofit</h2> <p>Most of us have a nonprofit or two that we support and would love to do more for, if only there were time. Well, guess what? When you retire, you will finally have that time. Why not invest it in an organization that means something to you? You can volunteer at your local animal shelter, church, homeless shelter, or any other organization you've always wanted to offer a helping hand to.</p> <p>If you think you will miss your job or you have professional skills that you want to continue using, you can almost always find a way to use them in the nonprofit sector. Many retirees end up having a voice on the board of their favorite nonprofit, maintaining the books, or using their interpersonal skills to provide friendship and counsel to vulnerable populations, such as at-risk teens, elderly people, or refugees. If you have the interest, the skill, and the time, you can always find a place that needs what you're offering.</p> <h2>2. Focus on relationships</h2> <p>When life is busy, it can be hard to focus on relationships. As you look toward retirement, think about the relationships you want to invest more time in. Maybe you can finally take your spouse out to dinner every month, like you've wanted to do since you got married. Maybe you want to baby-sit your grandchildren once a week to develop a closer bond with them.</p> <p>Investing in relationships can be an adjustment at first, especially if the people around you aren't used to you having so much time available. If you persist, though, you may find that you get to know your loved ones better than you ever did before.</p> <h2>3. Find a part-time gig</h2> <p>Retirement is the perfect time to find a part-time job doing something you've always wanted to do. Maybe you adore animals, and now you finally have the time to put in a few hours a week at a boarding facility. If you love plants, you can probably find part-time work at your local nursery. If antiques have always been your hobby, look for work at a shop or auction house.</p> <p>See this as an opportunity to explore interests that you couldn't explore before. If you're truly interested, willing to learn, and humble, you can find work where you can learn about almost anything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cool-jobs-for-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Cool Jobs for Retirees</a>)</p> <h2>4. Follow your dreams</h2> <p>Most of us have things we've always wanted to do but just couldn't get into because of the time involved. Retirement is the perfect chance to pursue these opportunities. Think about taking up an instrument, learning to paint, or finally getting that degree you've always put off pursuing. You may even want to start a small business or look at selling something that you make on the side.</p> <p>Remember that you're never too old to start or learn something new. Whatever it is that you have always wanted to know, do, or be, you have the chance to pursue that after retirement, as long as you don't stand in your own way.</p> <h2>5. Look for open doors</h2> <p>One of the best things about being retired is that you can do what you want, when you want. You can also change course at any time if something isn't working out the way you wanted it to. This means that there's no reason not to go after something, even if it doesn't end up working out. Because you have freedom with your time, you can go through any and all of the doors that open to you, since you can always change your mind later.</p> <p>If you aren't sure what to pursue after retirement, keep an open mind. Try to see everything around you as a potential opportunity. When a door opens or an offer is made, walk through it. If it doesn't work out, something else will come along eventually.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Find%2520Your%2520New%2520Identity%2520After%2520Retirement%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Find%20Your%20New%20Identity%20After%20Retirement"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Find%20Your%20New%20Identity%20After%20Retirement%20%281%29.jpg" alt="How to Find Your New Identity After Retirement" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-work-at-home-seniors-can-master-work-life-balance">9 Ways Work-At-Home Seniors Can Master Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/im-financially-free-now-what">I&#039;m Financially Free. Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age">4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Retirement family hobbies identity crisis part-time jobs relationships self improvement volunteering Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:00:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2057595 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Surprising Ways a Personal Website Can Improve Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/8-surprising-ways-a-personal-website-can-improve-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-surprising-ways-a-personal-website-can-improve-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-541288714.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The popular book <em>The Martian</em> became a best-seller in 2014, but started out as a series of blog posts by author Andy Weir on his personal website. Andy posted one chapter at a time, and got comments from readers as he posted new chapters. Eventually, he self-published an ebook which was later published in hardcover by Random House and became a big budget Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon. This example highlights some of the benefits you can get from having a personal website where you can publish anything you want in a way that anyone in the world can access.</p> <p>I started writing on a personal website about four years ago and have discovered a number of ways that having a personal website can be beneficial. It's useful for storing, organizing, and sharing all kinds of creative work such as writing, a personal journal, photos, sound recordings, video clips, and other information that you want to share with the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career</a>)</p> <p>Here are some ways a personal website can improve your life.</p> <h2>1. It's a place to get creative</h2> <p>When I started my personal website, it had been years since I had done any creative writing. I realized that I could easily start a website and publish my writing immediately. That is both scary and exciting, but what did I have to lose?</p> <h2>2. It won't cost much (or anything at all)</h2> <p>It is possible to set up a professional website or blog at no cost at all. I set up a blog on the Blogger platform for free years ago and still use that today. If you want to spend a few dollars per month, you can get a custom domain name and add ecommerce features to support an online business.</p> <h2>3. It's an opportunity to make money</h2> <p>Once I started getting visitors to my website, I realized I could make money. I started selling advertising and placing affiliate marketing links on my site. Affiliate marketing links are links to products for sale that are related to the content on my website, and I get paid a commission if someone buys after clicking on that link. If you are willing and able to produce material that people are interested in reading, then you can make money on the side. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a>)</p> <h2>4. It becomes a creative portfolio for you</h2> <p>My personal blog has provided a place to showcase my writing, and I have leveraged this to win some paid writing opportunities. Having your own website gives you a way to get those early publications of your work, which can lead to opportunities with other publishers. A portfolio of work is essential when you are seeking new assignments.</p> <p>You can post almost any type of creative work on a personal website: digital photos, artwork, audio book narration, video clips, crafts, and even technical projects. You can also add a resume, and provide contact information for those who may be interested in working with you. This can help boost your career in almost any field.</p> <h2>5. It helps you learn and practice coding</h2> <p>Although there are lots of graphical tools to create Web pages, I sometimes edit the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) code or CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) code to make the page work how I want. By understanding a few simple principles, you can gain a deep understanding of how websites really work.</p> <p>I have also practiced coding on my website by making JavaScript calculators and publishing them on my blog. You can code the graphical interface with calculator buttons and write equations for the calculations with code that is embedded in a script on the page. This is a great way to practice and show off your coding skills in a way that people can use and appreciate.</p> <h2>6. You can get published today, no roadblocks</h2> <p>One of the best things about having your own website is that there are no rules. You can publish whatever you want with no censoring and no gatekeeper. You get to decide for yourself what can be published, even if no one else would publish it. This means that you can become a published writer immediately.</p> <h2>7. You get to perform for an audience</h2> <p>I remember how nervous I was to push the &quot;publish&quot; button the first few times when I was starting my website. I knew that anyone in the world would be able to read my posts and perhaps even comment or send me an email complaining about my content. Writing for an audience pushed me to do my best work, more so than writing in a notebook that no one else could see.</p> <h2>8. You learn how to become more visible on the internet</h2> <p>One of the fun parts about having your own website is looking at the stats to see how many people are visiting. Since you always want to have more visitors, it makes sense to learn how people are finding your website and try to boost your traffic. One strategy is to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to get more traffic from search results. Understanding SEO can be a valuable skill, both for your own website and as a consultant for other sites. With your own website, you have the opportunity to do experiments to try ideas out and learn what works to boost traffic.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-surprising-ways-a-personal-website-can-improve-your-life&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Surprising%2520Ways%2520a%2520Personal%2520Website%2520Can%2520Improve%2520Your%2520Life.jpg&amp;description=8%20Surprising%20Ways%20a%20Personal%20Website%20Can%20Improve%20Your%20Life"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Surprising%20Ways%20a%20Personal%20Website%20Can%20Improve%20Your%20Life.jpg" alt="8 Surprising Ways a Personal Website Can Improve Your Life" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-surprising-ways-a-personal-website-can-improve-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-to-earn-money-online">7 Surprising Ways to Earn Money Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-a-drone">How to Earn Extra Income With a Drone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff">How I Scored Tons of Free Stuff By Building a Small Social Media Audience</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-millennials-are-working-less-and-earning-more">6 Ways Millennials Are Working Less and Earning More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Technology branding hobbies personal growth personal website self-promotion side gig side hustle website Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1923219 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-489243814.jpg" alt="Woman finding hobby she can start for under $10" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring new hobbies and pastimes is a great way to feel better about yourself, develop new skills, and meet new people. Don't want to break the bank? You don't have to! Here's a long list of engaging, satisfying activities you can begin this year without spending much money. Most will set you back a mere $5 to $10. Better yet, a good majority of these activities are absolutely free.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Getting fit is a common resolution each year. Make it your new go-to hobby to keep yourself more accountable. You can walk or run today for free. All you really need is to dust off that pair of athletic shoes in the back of your closet.</p> <p>Not the running type? Head over to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fitnessblender.com/" target="_blank">Fitness Blender</a> for a wealth of free online workouts you can do in the comfort of your own living room.</p> <h2>2. Join a Sports Team</h2> <p>Working out solo might not be your style. Check around to find out what local sports leagues or teams meet in your area. My neighbor spends her summers running the fields with an adult soccer team that costs very little to join. I used to attempt to spike in the sand in a free beach volleyball group a few years ago.</p> <p>You can browse sites like <a href="http://sportsvite.com/cities" target="_blank">Sportsvite</a> to find teams in your area.</p> <h2>3. Write</h2> <p>Do you have a story you're just waiting to tell the world? Try writing it down instead of running it over in your head. You can get into a writing habit by taking as little as 10 minutes each day to peck out a few sentences on your keyboard or in a notebook.</p> <p>Need more motivation? Check your local calendar to see if there are any nearby writing groups that meet on a regular basis. Or create your own!</p> <h2>4. Blog</h2> <p>I've been blogging for over 10 years now. It's my main hobby, and it even turned into a part-time career. All you need is access to a computer and a free account at a site like <a href="http://www.blogger.com" target="_blank">Blogger</a>. If you're having trouble getting started, try first brainstorming a few topics you'd like to cover. Do you want to share recipes? Your thoughts on current events? Experiment to see what gets your creative juices flowing, then push &quot;Publish,&quot; even if it's only for your friends to read.</p> <h2>5. Try Vlogging</h2> <p>Similar to blogging, vlogging lets you share with the world in a very personal way. You can sign up on YouTube for a free account before you film yourself. You don't need fancy recording equipment, either. Many phones have built-in video &nbsp;these days. YouTube features very basic editing tools as well.</p> <h2>6. Practice Photography</h2> <p>Speaking of phones &mdash; many of them also have built-in cameras that would put old point-and-shoots to shame. In other words: You don't need a DSLR to learn how to take gorgeous photos. The <a href="http://iphonephotographyschool.com/" target="_blank">iPhone Photography School</a> has tons of free videos with all sorts of tips and tricks.</p> <h2>7. Play a Musical Instrument or Sing</h2> <p>I resurrected my singing pipes a few years ago by joining the women's chorus in my neighborhood. A few years before that, I spent a few bucks getting my violin refurbished from my high school years to sit in the community orchestra.</p> <p>If you don't have an instrument at home already, consider asking a friend or relative if you can borrow theirs. My husband learned to play guitar last year by using my brother's spare guitar and watching tutorial videos he found online. You can also contact a local music shop to ask about rental prices.</p> <h2>8. Listen to Music</h2> <p>Don't have time to join a group? That's just fine and dandy. Why not listen to more music instead? I don't like to brag, but I can rap just like Daveed Diggs through <em>Hamilton</em>'s &quot;Guns and Ships.&quot; Switch on YouTube or Pandora or your radio to get free access to music right now.</p> <h2>9. Join Community Theater</h2> <p>Find out when your neighborhood's theater group is holding auditions for its next show. I just typed &quot;community theater in my area&quot; into Google and &mdash; within seconds &mdash; found the website for two local companies that cost nothing to join.</p> <p>Never acted in a play before? Don't fret. There are often lots of &quot;extras&quot; in shows, so you don't have to worry about the pressure of playing lead.</p> <h2>10. Take Up Gardening</h2> <p>It's never too early to plan for your garden. If you start now, it doesn't need to cost you a whole lot, either. Head to your local library or purchase your own copy of <a href="http://amzn.to/2lgYx7l" target="_blank">Square Foot Gardening</a>. Once you've drafted a loose plan, order seeds. <a href="http://dollarseed.com/" target="_blank">DollarSeed</a> boasts that you can order non-GMO and heirloom seeds for as little as $1 per pack.</p> <p>The bonus here is that you can hopefully enjoy the fruits of your labor with some cheap food once everything grows.</p> <h2>11. Practice Cooking and Baking</h2> <p>Even if you don't want to grow your own food, you can still cook and bake for a hobby (and for your everyday life). You don't need to spend more than you're already putting out for your groceries each week. Consult that cookbook that's been sitting on your bookshelf for several years or pick one up at the library.</p> <p>And if you don't want to buy specific ingredients, use what you have on hand! Sites like <a href="http://www.supercook.com/" target="_blank">SuperCook</a> give you tons of recipes you can search by the ingredients you already have in your pantry.</p> <h2>12. Become a Juggler</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kCt1bmSASCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Join the other 2.4 million people who have watched this video on how to juggle on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCt1bmSASCI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>. You can snag an inexpensive set of&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2lgWSiu" target="_blank">three juggling balls</a> for less than $6 on Amazon.</p> <h2>13. Enjoy Some Adult Coloring Books</h2> <p>De-stress and express yourself through coloring. By now, you may have seen all the awesome adult coloring books floating around everywhere. In fact, you can even get some cool ones on the cheap at the Dollar Store. Consider investing in some nice <a href="http://amzn.to/2kAHgHj" target="_blank">colored pencils</a> that give you a variety of shades from which to choose.</p> <h2>14. Try Drawing</h2> <p>Rather not color inside the lines? Drawing is another free activity you can try. Even kids can get in on the action. My five-year-old daughter loves following along with different projects on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub" target="_blank">Art for Kids Hub</a>.</p> <h2>15. Try Knitting</h2> <p>If making a scarf sounds appealing to you, take a few bucks to your nearest craft store and pick up supplies to start knitting. A basic pair of knitting needles may cost you as little as $4. Yarn ranges in price depending on material, but acrylic is great to learn on and won't set you back more than a couple dollars. You can find many <a href="http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/u/learntoknit.htm" target="_blank">tutorials and patterns</a> online for free.</p> <p>The same goes with many other crafts. Here's a tip: Before driving to the store to pick up supplies, check online to see if there are any coupons. Many chains, like Michael's and A.C. Moore offer regular coupons for 40% off.</p> <h2>16. Play Games</h2> <p>Like playing games? Grab your chess board or deck of cards from the closet and enjoy with a friend. It's that simple. If you cannot find someone to play with you, consider heading online to a site like <a href="http://www.addictinggames.com/" target="_blank">Addicting Games</a>, where you can engage in either solo or multiplayer games for free.</p> <h2>17. Go Hiking</h2> <p>The great outdoors is calling you. Slip on some sturdy shoes and go for a hike. This is another one of those hobbies that you can do with others in a club (just search your area calendar). The <a href="https://americanhiking.org/" target="_blank">American Hiking Society</a> has all sorts of information that can help you get started &mdash; including volunteer opportunities that may land you free vacations with like-minded naturalists.</p> <h2>18. Go Camping</h2> <p>Camping is a wonderful way to take a trip somewhere beautiful without going broke. Spend some time planning now for a great summer adventure. Staying a week is only $160 at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" target="_blank"> various National Parks</a>&nbsp;throughout the United States.</p> <h2>19. Try Volunteering</h2> <p>You can also take up helping others for a new and rewarding hobby. Ask around to find good opportunities in your area. The church down the street from us has a soup kitchen every Friday, for example. Or check out sites like <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a> to find open spots online.</p> <h2>20. Get Couponing</h2> <p>Why not save money in the new year with a couponing habit? All it has to cost you is the price of a Sunday paper. Or maybe less! There are also several apps that show price-matching and price comparisons at multiple stores at once. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a>)</p> <h2>21. Practice Yoga or Meditation</h2> <p>One of my goals for the new year is to center myself. I run on a very nervous energy level. Yoga and meditation can help with that. Both involve deep breathing. And both are easy and free to begin at home. <a href="http://yogawithadriene.com/" target="_blank">Yoga with Adriene</a> is my favorite spot to find a variety of calming moves for zero dollars. The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has a good number of <a href="http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations" target="_blank">free guided meditations</a> and visualization exercises.</p> <h2>22. Become a History Buff</h2> <p>I've become obsessed with Broadway's <em>Hamilton</em>. Not just the musical, either. I've spent hours researching George Washington and the other founding fathers. The best part? I can do all this sleuthing around for free. Think of a historical figure, a period of time, or issue that interests you. Then search the Internet or your local library to find out more.</p> <p>For a more passive immersion, consider browsing documentaries on Netflix or Hulu and making a gigantic queue of the ones that interest you. Or check out <em>Drunk History</em>, also on Hulu.</p> <h2>23. Read More Books</h2> <p>Reading is free activity &mdash; at least if you have a library card &mdash; but it takes motivation. Consider writing out a list of a book to read each month to keep yourself in motion. You may even try starting a theme-based book club with your friends. Set a time to meet, write up the reading list, and read. Then rotate who hosts the book discussion each month (and be sure to involve lots of tasty treats and good beverages).</p> <h2>24. Try Some Upcycling DIY Projects</h2> <p>Click over to Pinterest and find an unlimited number of do-it-yourself projects you can finish by upcycling your old stuff. We have a great list of 18 awesome, practically free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects" target="_blank">upcycled craft projects</a> to get you inspired.</p> <h2>25. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>A friend of mine spent last winter visiting her grandmother each week for Italian language lessons. She learned how to say hello, thank you, and a host of other practical phrases &mdash; and got some quality time with her beloved Nonna to boot.</p> <p>If you don't know anyone who speaks another language, you can also check out sites like <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Duolingo</a> to learn online for free.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle $10 or less frugal fun fun fun things to do hobbies pastimes things to do weekend activities Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1889318 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 54 Frugal Hobbies You Should Try Immediately http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smile_knitting_18439316.jpg" alt="Woman trying new frugal hobbies immediately" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next time you're bored on a weekend or during your free time, you might want to consider taking up a new hobby. Your first thought might be, <em>I can't afford to pay for lessons to learn a new skill</em>. I get that mindset, I do. But there are plenty of cheap or free hobbies that are also fun. Here are 54 frugal hobbies you should try immediately.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000034444570_XXXLarge.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free?ref=fbf">10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free</a> &mdash; While learning how to play golf or ski like a pro sounds fun, those activities can suck the life right out of your budget. So instead, take up a new hobby for free, and you'll be even prouder once you've mastered that skill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts?ref=fbf">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a> &mdash; Introverts love new hobbies, especially if they require deep focus and zero social interaction. Spending hours practicing something, learning something new, and doing it all in silence? Yes, please! So if you, too, are a fan of solo fun, give these activities a try!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_traveling_paris_000017104925.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume?ref=fbf">3 Hobbies That Pump Up Your Resume</a> &mdash; What's better than learning something new just for your enjoyment? Doing so and then making more money because of it. Blogging, is just one hobby that can enhance your resume and overall success &mdash; and it doesn't cost much!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=fbf">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a> &mdash; Gardening, sewing, gaming, and many others are relaxing and fun hobbies you can do in your spare time that can also earn you some extra cash. And when you make money by having fun, it never feels like work.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000036662410_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free?ref=fbf">10 More Hobbies You Can Start for Free</a> &mdash; There are cheap hobbies, and then there are <em>free </em>hobbies. What's better than that? Well, there is one thing: the peace of mind you gain having a good time without spending any money.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend?ref=fbf">Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend</a> &mdash; Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further. Origami, thrifting, baking, etc. are surprisingly exciting hobbies and they'll keep you busy all weekend long!</p> <p><em>What are some other frugal hobbies worth trying? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-59-skills-frugal-people-need-to-master">Flashback Friday: 59 Skills Frugal People Need to Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-misconceptions-we-need-to-stop-believing">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Misconceptions We Need to Stop Believing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment best hobbies fbf flashback friday free hobbies free time frugal hobbies frugal living hobbies spare time Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1788936 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Hobby? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-hobby <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-hobby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_painting_art_89873585.jpg" alt="Woman sharing her favorite hobby" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-hobby#comment-795219">HC</a>, Jeff, and Natasha for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We all know it's important to maintain work-life balance. One great way to make sure you have fun regularly is to pick up a hobby!</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite hobby?</strong> What supplies, equipment, or fees are involved, and how do you keep costs low? Are you making any money with your hobby, or do you do it just for fun?</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p>Tell us about your favorite hobby and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa259/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa259" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_hmv8z26q">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on Flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 29th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 29th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite hobby and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-hobby">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age">4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-saving-up-for-an-emergency">Ask the Readers: Are You Saving Up for an Emergency?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jp-monkey-reusable-grocery-bags-giveaway">JP Monkey Reusable Grocery Bags Giveaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways best money tips hobbies Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1775197 at http://www.wisebread.com Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_son_fishing_70352103.jpg" alt="Father and son beating stress with inexpensive pastimes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Expensive activities are stressful for me because paying for them weighs on my mind. I enjoy cheap or free pastimes, and even some pastimes that make money. Here are some inexpensive pastimes that you can enjoy to stay blissfully preoccupied without spending much money.</p> <h2>Exercise</h2> <p>The payoffs for regular exercise are immense, not least is the relaxation.</p> <h3>1. Bicycling</h3> <p>Bicycling can be a very inexpensive hobby. I picked up a cheap used bike for $28, rode it for five years, and then sold it for $35! In addition to a bike, there are a few other things you&rsquo;ll need to get started: a bike helmet and a bike lock to keep yourself and your bike safe. If you buy an older bike, you may need to change the tires and inner tubes, but you can do this yourself for only a few dollars. A cheap bike provides transportation, exercise, and entertainment.</p> <h3>2. Walking</h3> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t have any money at all, you can still enjoy walking. Walking is a convenient way to spend time outside and enjoy the seasons with no special equipment or planning required. When the weather is bad, I enjoy walking indoors in shopping malls.</p> <h3>3. Hiking</h3> <p>Sometimes I like to go to go hiking in a park or trail away from roads and sidewalks. Hiking takes a bit more effort than simply going for a walk near your home or workplace, but provides more opportunities to get close to nature. Most hiking trips are free, but I recently paid $10 to go for a five-hour hike among the redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument while visiting San Francisco. This was the most entertainment I have ever gotten for $10!</p> <h2>Cerebral Activities</h2> <p>After you've worked your muscles, challenge your noodle.</p> <h3>4. Reading</h3> <p>Reading can be free if you get books at a public library or find free classics to read on your electronic devices via sites such as <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/">Project Gutenberg</a>. It seems like there is a nearly endless supply of new books coming along, plus the old classics to catch up on.</p> <h3>5. Writing</h3> <p>Writing has been a great pastime for me. It is exciting to see my work published, and I have even been able to make some money along the way from writing books, articles, and through advertising on my blog. If you are not ready to publish your work for the world to see, writing a journal for yourself or stories to share with your friends and family is a great way to get started writing.</p> <h3>6. Crossword Puzzles</h3> <p>Crossword puzzles help keep your mind sharp and some people seem to really enjoy doing them. I have tried doing crossword puzzles a few times, but it is too much like doing a homework assignment for me to enjoy. Maybe I need to find some easier crossword puzzles to build up my skills.</p> <h3>7. Brain Games</h3> <p>I have tried brain games on my computer, such as the free trial version of <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/">Lumosity</a>, and I sometimes play Math Blaster on my Android device. There are all kinds of free brain games that exercise your skills and help you stay sharp as you try to beat your high score. Some games even allow you to compare your scores with others.</p> <h3>8. Educational Videos</h3> <p>You no longer need to wait until Sunday evening for NOVA to come on PBS. You can get a wide selection of educational programs any time on Netflix ($8 per month) or YouTube (free). I like to find TED Talks on YouTube to find interesting perspectives on everything from physics to social sciences.</p> <h3>9. Online Courses</h3> <p>There are all kinds of online courses you can take for free, including subjects such as computer programming, statistics, and science. Here are some places to check for online courses that interest you:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm">MIT OpenCourseWare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses">Open Culture</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a></li> </ul> <h3>10. Jigsaw Puzzles</h3> <p>Some people get excited about doing jigsaw puzzles and like to receive them as gifts. Jigsaw puzzles can provide many hours of entertainment for not much money, and you do get a sense of satisfaction &mdash; or relief &mdash; when the puzzle is complete. You can pick up used jigsaw puzzles at garage sales for a dollar or two that provide hours of entertainment, but you might find out that there are missing pieces.</p> <h3>11. Ancestry Research/Genealogy</h3> <p>You can make a serious hobby out of researching your ancestry. It is easier than ever to research family history and find links to your family&rsquo;s past. You can get a long way without spending much money and produce research on your family history that will be invaluable to future generations.</p> <h3>12. Learn a Foreign Language</h3> <p>When you learn a foreign language, you learn more than just a bunch of foreign words. You learn about another culture and open up opportunities to meet and learn about new people.</p> <h2>Nature/Outdoor Enjoyment</h2> <p>When you tire of puzzles and brain games, re-connect with nature.</p> <h3>13. Camping</h3> <p>Camping can be a great way to get away and see things from a fresh perspective. You can find places to camp for free, but even if you pay to stay in a campground, you can find places to pitch a tent for around $20 per night.</p> <h3>14. Fishing</h3> <p>Basic fishing equipment doesn&rsquo;t cost a lot of money. You can get an inexpensive rod and reel good enough to catch your dinner for around $25. I still have a lot of the same fishing tackle I used when I was growing up. The price of a seasonal fishing license varies by location. I paid about $20 and was able to go fishing whenever I wanted all summer.</p> <h3>15. Bird-watching</h3> <p>It is hard not to watch the birds at my house. I have seen orioles, blue jays, cardinals, robins, hummingbirds, geese, and even bald eagles. I put out bird feeders to attract birds near my house for easy observation. Even if you don&rsquo;t put out bird feeders, you can probably find interesting birds to watch and enjoy. Binoculars are useful to be able to observe birds high in trees or too far away to see easily.</p> <h2>Food-Related</h2> <p>While you don't want to use food as a coping tool, lots of the activities around food prep are satisfying and relaxing.</p> <h3>16. Gardening</h3> <p>You get to enjoy planning your garden, watching it grow, and then harvest lots of free vegetables. Gardening can be very inexpensive if you start your own seeds and make your own compost to use for fertilizer. Even if you don&rsquo;t have a yard, you can grow vegetables in pots on a patio or deck. If you don&rsquo;t want to rototill a traditional garden, you can grow vegetables in straw bales or build raised beds for easy access.</p> <h3>17. Cooking</h3> <p>Cooking is a great pastime since it reduces the probability that you will spend money on expensive restaurant food. Watch some cooking shows or videos to learn cooking techniques and get ideas for recipes you want to try out. You can get started cooking with only a few pans and utensils.</p> <h3>18. Canning Food</h3> <p>If you have a successful garden, you&rsquo;ll need to do something with all of those vegetables. The first thing I remember canning was salsa we made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro we grew in the garden. It was messy and a lot of work, but it was fun to make those cans of salsa to save for winter and to give to friends. If you have a freezer, you can use an inexpensive <a href="http://amzn.to/1Y6gll8">vacuum sealer</a> to pull the air out of plastic bags and seal up your produce to freeze without getting freezer burned.</p> <h3>19. Grilling</h3> <p>You can start grilling with a $20 charcoal grill. If $20 is too much for you, you can even make a grill for free! My kids build a kebab pit for free using concrete blocks they found and it works great. I also have a gas grill which is more expensive, but very convenient. Grilling outside is one of my favorite activities, followed closely by eating the food that I grill.</p> <h2>Creative Activities</h2> <p>Nothing is as satisfying as zoning out while making something. The doing is its own reward &mdash; but you'll also be rewarded with some of your own handiwork.</p> <h3>20. Wood shop</h3> <p>One of my favorite pastimes is working in my wood shop. I like to repair things, build small projects, and just spend time in my shop organizing my tools and thinking. A wood shop does not need to be expensive. I built one of my workbenches from a kit and others using recycled kitchen cabinets and countertops. Many of my tools were used tools that people gave me.</p> <h3>21. Photography</h3> <p>You can take surprisingly good photos with a cellphone or cheap digital camera, especially in outdoor lighting. A quality digital SLR camera with a zoom lens runs around $300 and will allow you to take your photography to the next level, providing more control over the camera settings.</p> <h3>22. Musical Instruments</h3> <p>You can pick up cheap used musical instruments on Craigslist or at consignment or pawnshops. Of course, buying the instrument is the easy part &mdash; learning to play it well takes work and practice.</p> <h3>23. Sewing</h3> <p>With a sewing machine, fabric, and a pattern, you can make your own clothes. Collecting bargain fabrics is part of the fun of sewing.</p> <h2>Social Activities</h2> <p>It's a fact of life that other people can be the cause of so much stress. It's also a fact of life that other people are often the cure.</p> <h3>24. Volunteer Work</h3> <p>There are lots of opportunities available to volunteer some of your time working for a good cause. Volunteering can be a good way to do something you enjoy and meet other people with similar interests. Some ideas for volunteering: animal shelter, food pantry, political campaign, church organizations.</p> <h3>25. Visiting</h3> <p>If you get bored hanging around your own house, try going to someone else's house! Visiting friends or family is a cheap way to get out of the house and do something different for a change of pace. Having people come over to visit at your place can inspire you to get cleaning and projects done.</p> <h3>26. Playing Cards</h3> <p>Playing cards is a classic cheap pastime, as long as you aren&rsquo;t placing bets. Poker, bridge, and euchre are some popular card games that allow you to play competitively with others.</p> <h2>Cheap Entertainment</h2> <p>Finally, it's okay to be a couch potato from time to time.</p> <h3>27. Sports Fan</h3> <p>Some people spend a lot as sports fans, paying big money for tickets to games and buying team jerseys and other paraphernalia. But being a sports fan doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. I don&rsquo;t subscribe to any TV service, but I can find many of my Iowa Hawkeye football games for free, either on over-the-air TV or on radio broadcasts. Sometimes I can find a free video stream of the game on the Internet.</p> <h3>28. News Junkie</h3> <p>I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) for about an hour every day to keep up on news and world events. When I miss my chance to listen to the news for some reason, I feel out of touch and usually end up going on the Internet to check news stories I am following. Keeping up with the news is a cheap pastime and makes it easy to have an intelligent conversation with anyone you meet.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap pastimes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget">8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment crafts exercise fun games hobbies learning leisure pastimes projects things to do Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1728607 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_walking_park_51967000.jpg" alt="Couple finding fun ways to spend their weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost the weekend and you have no plans. That can be exciting, or also a little scary. Because when weekend plans aren't mapped out ahead of time, it's easy to default to the pricier activities like shopping &mdash; or to just skip it and stay home (again).</p> <p>So instead of leaving the fate of your savings hanging in the balance, try one of these fun and frugal ways to spend your weekend. And walk into work on Monday fully relaxed and not totally broke.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_gardening_000053678990.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend?ref=fbf">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</a> &mdash; Why spend all of your cash on a crafty item you can just make yourself? Enter the beautiful world of DIY and give these fun projects a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways?ref=fbf">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a> &mdash; A last-minute weekend getaway to Paris would be a blast, sure, but have you explored all of your local and regional nooks and crannies yet? Because with any of these affordable weekend getaway ideas, you'll feel like a tourist without spending money like one.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_reading_hammock_000044042996.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts?ref=fbf">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a> &mdash; Introverts don't need much in terms of outside entertainment, and they would prefer a 48-hour period of minimal social interactions. So if you're in the mood to hibernate and relax like a pro, here you go.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10?ref=fbf">18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10</a> &mdash; It doesn't take much these days to spend $10. I mean, one bottle of pressed juice can cost more than that, in some places. So these cheap weekend plans are especially inspiring, and also a ton of fun!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend?ref=fbf">Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend</a> &mdash; If you haven't given origami or geocaching a try, you are seriously missing out. Along with these other 11 frugal hobbies, your future weekends will be budget-friendly and extremely fulfilling.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kids_summer_water_balloon_fight_000062702582.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend?ref=fbf">20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend</a> &mdash; Keeping the kids busy without spending much money can seem like an impossible magic trick. But quality time with the kiddos shouldn't cost a thing, and it doesn't have to with these 20 activities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend?ref=fbf">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a> &mdash; Do not underestimate the enjoyment you'll get from watching a sunset or baking a pie. They're simple ways to spend your time, but aren't simple things actually the best things?</p> <p><em>What are your plans for the weekend? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately">Flashback Friday: 54 Frugal Hobbies You Should Try Immediately</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-72-brilliant-ways-to-stretch-20">Flashback Friday: 72 Brilliant Ways to Stretch $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Lifestyle fbf flashback friday free things to do frugal activities fun things to do hobbies outdoors weekend weekend activities weekend fun Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1723164 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 More Hobbies You Can Start for Free http://www.wisebread.com/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000036662410_Large.jpg" alt="she&#039;s taking up a fun hobby for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a 2014 time use survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics uncovered that Americans &mdash; on average &mdash; spend <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm">2.8 hours watching television</a> each day. That's a lot of time staring at a box, right?</p> <p>Well, instead of straining your eyes and allowing your brain to transform into mush, maybe it's time for a new hobby. Here are a bunch <em>more</em> cool hobbies you can start today for free! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free?ref=seealso">10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cooking or Baking</h2> <p>Learning to make better dinners or desserts doesn't have to cost anything outside of your normal grocery budget. There are millions of recipes you can access for free online. To make sure you have the right ingredients and don't go over budget, try meal planning. All you have to do is find recipes that look good, write down what you'll need, and head to the store. You might not be able to make something special every night of the week, so start by cooking on a weekend when you might usually go out.</p> <h2>2. Nature Identification</h2> <p>Take out some books from your local library on nature identification. You can focus on birds, plants, insects, stars, or whatever else interests you most. Then step into your backyard and take a look around. I used to collect leaves so I could figure out the exact type of trees that we had growing in our neighborhood. Now that my daughter is older, she can join me on the adventure.</p> <h2>3. Weather Reporting</h2> <p>Are you always watching the precipitation or other weather events in your area? Your local branch of the National Weather Service likely runs free training sessions on how to become a weather spotter through the <a href="http://skywarn.org/about/">SKYWARN volunteer program</a>. After you've taken the class, you'll work to identify and describe severe weather in your area and report back to your local station.</p> <h2>4. Drawing</h2> <p>I've never been good at art, so I was delighted to find <a href="https://www.drawspace.com">Draw Space</a>. This corner of the web offers free tutorials and instruction on drawing and other art for beginners all the way to advanced artists. Focus on contours, shading, composition, or any other area that interests you.</p> <h2>5. Photography</h2> <p>Yes! You can take up photography for free, provided you have an iPhone (or other cell phone with camera capabilities). And though you might not believe me, you can shoot DSLR-quality photos with your phone and a little knowledge. The <a href="http://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphoneography/">iPhone Photography School</a> has a number of tutorials on everything from &quot;making the most of light&quot; to photo editing.&nbsp;</p> <h2>6. Whittling</h2> <p>Whittling is a relaxing craft that also happens to be free if you have an old pocket knife. According to The Art of Manliness, <a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/12/12/a-beginners-guide-to-whittling/">softwoods work best</a> (you can find basswood, pine, and others at your local craft shop), but backyard twigs work just as well. Make sure your knife is sharp, learn the basic cuts, and get creative. Your library might have books with ideas for projects.</p> <h2>7. Vlogging</h2> <p>If you're not into writing or blogging, considering heading over to YouTube and starting your own vlog. Creating an account is free and &mdash; if you get popular &mdash; you may even make some money on the side if you link up your channel to Adsense. You can take videos and upload them in no time using your cell phone. What you talk about is up to you, so long as you follow the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/communityguidelines.html">community guidelines</a>.</p> <h2>8. Dancing</h2> <p>Could your moves use some work? Check out <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl5BOPEjOB6kR8IxzWy3bWg">Club Dance Lessons</a> for free videos on hip-hop, electronic, salsa, and all other types of dance. Whether you're looking for twerking lessons, dance seduction moves, or freestyle grooves, you're covered. Plus, dancing is great exercise if you hate going to the gym.</p> <h2>9. Couponing</h2> <p>I still haven't gotten into coupons, but some of my friends swear this ever-popular hobby saves them tons of cash. You'll likely want to get the Sunday paper, and scour the web for digital deals, but the savings you'll see is most usually worth the few dollars you'll spend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-coupons-for-every-online-store-even-the-ones-that-dont-have-coupons?ref=seealso">Score Coupons for Every Online Store</a>)</p> <h2>10. Meditating</h2> <p>Sure, your body might be fit and active, but what about your mind? Try meditating to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and more. Gaiam offers a wonderful (and free!) start-up guide for <a href="http://life.gaiam.com/article/meditation-101-techniques-benefits-beginner-s-how">How to Meditate</a>. Start by sitting and closing your eyes. Breathe naturally. Focus your attention on your breath and work up to concentrating in this way for two to three minutes. From there, work your way to longer periods of time.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any cool free hobbies? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately">Flashback Friday: 54 Frugal Hobbies You Should Try Immediately</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget">8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-free-ways-to-have-a-great-time-with-friends">50 Fun, Free Ways to Have a Great Time With Friends</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living activities free fun free hobbies hobbies learning resolutions skills Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1649860 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Best Hobbies for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_photo_000054266132.jpg" alt="Woman trying out best hobbies for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an introvert myself, I find it challenging to engage in many aspects of life. I'm not one for big gatherings, competitive sports, or taking weekly classes filled with people I don't know. If <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">you're introverted too</a>, or know someone who is, this list of eight hobbies is well worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Take Up Origami</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486432920/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486432920&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XMYLKHJ5MGUUSTSG">Origami kits</a>, which include starter paper, can be bought very inexpensively on Amazon or from your local discount bookstore. You can also find thousands of patterns online, and YouTube is filled with instructional videos that take you step-by-step through the process. Put on a little relaxing music (or head-banging rock, if that's your thing), and enjoy a hobby that relieves stress and results in some wonderful paper sculptures.</p> <h2>2. Make YouTube Videos</h2> <p>While being a famous celebrity may not be ideal for an introvert, becoming a YouTube personality might be. These days, all you need is a webcam, some very basic video editing software, and&hellip;an original take on an idea! If it becomes big enough, you can do your hobby full time, and make millions. Yes, millions. Here's a list of the <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/galleries/youtube-stars-make-more-1089689/">biggest YouTube stars</a>, and as you can see, they do pretty well for themselves &mdash; and it all started by doing something they love, at home. If you don't like to be on camera, consider <a href="http://www.alistdaily.com/news/ion-ranks-youtube-s-biggest-unboxing-stars">unboxing videos</a>, or even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">gaming videos</a>. Do it well, and you can retire!</p> <h2>3. Learn Magic</h2> <p>You don't have to become a magician to learn magic, and you don't have to go big when you first start out. In fact, all you really need is a deck of cards, and access to YouTube or any other site you find that hosts free magic lessons. Once you master sleight of hand, you can move on to bigger tricks. It can take months, or even years, to get a trick right. But the satisfaction you get when you finally nail that first trick is well worth it. Master a few of these, and you'll always have something to do at parties besides feeling awkward!</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>With access to free lessons online, and resources like Craigslist and Facebook for private, one-on-one tutoring, it has never been easier to learn to play an instrument. Your library is also a great resource for these kinds of books and videos, and it's free. If you can't afford to buy the instrument you want immediately (for instance, not many of us have a piano), you can find alternatives. Perhaps start with an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN8O5VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UN8O5VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XRJVENGIA3GFMOT2">inexpensive keyboard</a> (some instruments are even available for rent). And there's always eBay!</p> <h2>5. Write</h2> <p>Some people blog as a hobby, and have thousands of followers. Others write screenplays for TV and the movies (and if you get good at it, it could launch a new career). Stephen King's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1439156816&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TII5U5RFGMTXBY7E">On Writing &ndash; A Memoir of a Craft</a> is an excellent place to start if you've never written anything before. They also say everyone has one novel in them, so why not try coaxing yours out?</p> <h2>6. Photography</h2> <p>As a professional photographer, you need excellent social and people skills to do your job. But as a hobby, photography is perfect for introverts. These days, everything is digital, and you can find some good quality digital SLR cameras on eBay. If you prefer, you can go the old fashioned route and try film cameras (although getting a hold of film is nowhere near as easy at it used to be). Whichever way you try, keep a blog or online gallery of your favorite photos, and share them with the world.</p> <h2>7. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Or several languages. You can find many of the tuition books and videos you need online for free, or a small price. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rosetta%20stone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N5UZSK4DKT7ADP6U">Rosetta Stone</a> gets rave reviews, but has a higher upfront cost of several hundred dollars. With the Internet, you can also watch foreign language TV and movies, and even engage in chat rooms, anonymously if you wish, to hone your skills.</p> <h2>8. Build Movie Prop Replicas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-23%20at%2012.10.53%20PM.png" width="605" height="372" alt="" /></p> <p>I've made everything from a Bane vest to an Iron Man arc reactor. My latest two props are from Ghostbusters &mdash; a proton pack and a ghost trap. Everything you need to build movie props, like these, can be found in hardware stores, thrift stores, and on eBay. You don't have to spend a lot; for example, all of the parts used in my ghost trap came to less than $40. Instructions for almost any prop you want to build can be downloaded from a fan site. You can use them to Cosplay, to dress up at Halloween, and to decorate your house or office.</p> <p><em>Are you an introvert with an interesting or unusual hobby? Tell us more about it.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting">25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-money-from-mothers-day">5 Ways to Make Money From Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities crafts hobbies introverts photography shy people YouTube Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Paul Michael 1598469 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000034444570_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="friends beach guitar" title="friends beach guitar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the new year, many of us choose to take up new hobbies to fill our free time and extend our skills. I recently looked into taking a pottery class, for example, but the $600 price tag sent me scrambling elsewhere to find some less expensive fun. Sure, a good number of fulfilling activities cost a pretty penny, but there are plenty of others you can start for free.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Forget gym memberships. All you need for a great workout is yourself (and maybe a pair of shoes). You can walk or jog around your neighborhood. The web has a wealth of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap">free workouts</a> you can perform in your living room. Also investigate the gyms and fitness clubs around you to see if they run free weeks or classes you can try before you buy.</p> <h2>2. Read</h2> <p>All you need to become a frugal bookworm is a card to your local library. Even if your local stacks don't hold all the books you want to read, you can usually request to get most anything you want through interlibrary loans. So, sign up for <a href="https://www.goodreads.com">Goodreads</a>, research some books in whatever genre appeals to you, make a list, and slip into your reading glasses.</p> <h2>3. Write</h2> <p>If you'd rather write than read, look around the web for different <a href="https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/">writing challenges</a> that &quot;push your boundaries&quot; and allow you to explore different topics and styles. You might also start a blog to share your words with the world (or keep it private, or for friends-only). Many regions also have writers' groups that allow you to meet up with like-minded people and get feedback on your work. Check your library, bookstore, or community calendar for details.</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>Venture into your attic and find your trumpet from high school marching band. Stop singing only in the confines of your car. There are a number of community groups &mdash; bands, orchestras, choruses, and other ensembles &mdash; that allow you to re-learn your instrument and perform in concerts. I was a member of a local philharmonic for years, and I loved having an excuse to play my violin after a 10-year hiatus.</p> <h2>5. Act</h2> <p>The same goes with community theater. Audition for lead roles or hang out with the extras in the chorus. Whatever part you play, acting allows you to meet new people, explore your creative side, and just have a lot of fun. You don't even need experience! Just search &quot;community theater&quot; and the name of the city where you live to find groups near you.</p> <h2>6. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Have you ever wanted to speak another language? I mean, beyond those few years of Italian you were required to take to graduate college? I sure have. A few years ago I taught myself French using an app and some <a href="http://livemocha.com">free online language resources</a>, and I was surprised how much fun it was (and useful, too!).</p> <h2>7. Listen to Podcast</h2> <p>Move over, TV and books, I've become seriously obsessed with podcasts since Sarah Koenig's <a href="http://serialpodcast.org">Serial</a> came out. Now I've moved on to This American Life and other free radio programs and podcasts I can stream or download. I love how these programs teach me things about myself and the world around me. I can listen to them while I lay in bed or go for a jog and change subjects to suit my mood.</p> <h2>8. Volunteer</h2> <p>Doing good feels good and is certainly a thoughtful hobby to take up and enjoy. You can serve food at your local soup kitchen, help build houses, or visit the elderly. The need is great and the opportunities are endless. To find volunteering gigs near you, try sites like <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org">VolunteerMatch</a> that sort by location and interest.</p> <h2>9. Explore</h2> <p>Take a hike &mdash; literally. Pack yourself a lunch and head out on a local trail. A friend of mine in the Adirondacks tries to reach the summit of a new mountain every couple weeks. You can also <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/guide/">try geocaching</a>, which allows you to hunt for different objects or locations using GPS coordinates.</p> <h2>10. Begin Again</h2> <p>Then there are those hobbies of years past &mdash; you have all the stuff sitting in a box somewhere. For me, it's knitting. I have countless skeins of yarn and a few different sizes of needles, assorted books, and other supplies. All I need to do is use what I have and pick up where I left off. For you, this might mean dusting off a chess set, unearthing oil paints, or rolling out that old yoga mat.</p> <p><em>Do you pursue and free or frugal hobbies? What do you do?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle cheap fun entertainment free fun hobbies pastimes Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283628 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Hobbies That Aren’t Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confident-golfer-517248733-small.jpg" alt="confident golfer" title="confident golfer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You work hard for your down time, but what if the activities that help you relax and have fun cost more than they're worth? If any of these are your favorite pastime, you may want to consider a hobby that's a little less financially draining (napping, for example, is big these days!). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>1. Boating and Sailing</h2> <p>Boats aren't cheap to buy, and there's a lot of other costs including insurance, taxes, docking fees, maintenance, and &mdash; if you don't get a sailboat &mdash; gasoline. It's been suggested that <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/consumer-spending/2012-05-15/the-real-cost-of-owning-a-boat.html">you should set aside 10% of a boat's annual value</a> to upkeep. The next time you're near a marina, take a stroll along the dock and see how many boats are for sale. Chances are you'll see plenty. Now you know why.</p> <h2>2. Horseback Riding</h2> <p>You don't necessarily have to buy a horse to ride one regularly, but getting access to one from a stable can cost you hundreds of dollars. Lessons and equipment will cost hundreds of dollars more. If you actually want to purchase a horse, be prepared to pay at least $2,000 and possibly more than $10,000 for a horse with good health and attitude. Boarding a horse can run between $500 and $1,500 or more each month. If you want to care for the horse yourself, expect to pay between $2,000 and $3,200 monthly on food and other necessities. (Ahem, look up &quot;manure management.&quot;)</p> <h2>3. Collecting</h2> <p>Everyone dreams of getting rich off that rare Honus Wagner tobacco card, or that Inverted Jenny postage stamp. But these items cost a lot to acquire, and often don't rise in value the way buyers expect. (For proof, I have about 3,000 worthless baseball cards from the 1980s that I can show you.) Big collections require space to store, and valuable items may require insurance. And if you have a sizable collection, it can become burdensome to your family due to the possible inheritance taxes.</p> <h2>4. Skydiving</h2> <p>It may be a tremendous thrill, but it's over pretty quick. A tandem skydive might run you about $250, depending on the location, and a typical descent lasts no more than 90 seconds. That's a little less than $3 for every second of freefall time. That's not a lot of bang for your buck.</p> <h2>5. Cars</h2> <p>Let's face it, collecting cars is really a hobby for those with gobs of disposable income. Classic cars themselves cost tens of thousands of dollars, and you'll probably shell out thousands of dollars on restoration and maintenance each year. Of course, once you've amassed a half-decent car collection, you will need to invest in a decent place to store them. Consider that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/mitt-romney-ordered-55000-phantom-park-car-elevator-designer-says/">shelled out a reported $55,000 </a>for a car lift at his San Diego mansion.</p> <p>If you like racing cars, you may not have to spend as much money on storage and elevators, but you'll have other costs associated with race entry, mechanical work, and repairs. Even autocross, a sport that let's you race any old car around a track, will set you back at least $50 each race. And that's for just a few loops around a course (not to mention, it's hard on your car.)</p> <h2>6. Golf</h2> <p>It pains me to say this, because I adore golf and would play it every day of my life if I could. But if I am being honest, it's not a sport that offers the best value for your dollar. A set of clubs will cost you a couple hundred bucks minimum, and greens fees on a decent course can run you at least $30, often well north of $50. (And don't even get me started on club membership costs.)</p> <p>If you want to improve your game, a package of lessons is another couple hundred. It's a lot of money, especially for a sport that's challenging enough to be frustrating.</p> <p>The good news is that there are ways to enjoy golf without getting too crazy, cost-wise. When I was in my early 20s, I taught myself the game using an old set of clubs on a $9 Par 3 course across from my first apartment. No one says you need top-of-the-line equipment, and no one says you have to play Pebble Beach every weekend.</p> <h2>7. Scuba Diving</h2> <p>Many a person has come back from a Caribbean vacation eager to repeat the fun of their first Scuba experience. But if you truly want to take it up as hobby, prepare to open your wallet. Certification will cost you a few hundred, and you'll need to spend hundreds more in proper equipment.</p> <h2>8. Gambling</h2> <p>It's not much of a secret that when you bet at a casino, the house has an edge in every game. Sure, you might have hit a small jackpot once during a trip to Atlantic City. But don't delude yourself into thinking you can consistently walk away a winner.</p> <p>In gambling's defense, there are some games, including blackjack, where the house edge is small enough to allow a skilled (or lucky) gambler to play for long stretches of time on relatively small amounts of money. And for many gamblers, the simple pleasure of just being in a casino is worth at least some cash outlay.</p> <h2>9. Model Railroading</h2> <p>An old college roommate of mine was a model train enthusiast, and I recall watching in amazement as he bid hundreds of dollars on eBay for a single Lionel train car. This can become a pricey hobby, especially when you factor in the cost of setting up broad, interactive displays.</p> <h2>10. Exotic Fish</h2> <p>I have a good friend who enjoys raising <a href="http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=830+834">discus fish</a>, which are well known as colorful fish from the Amazon River basin. He spends hundreds to maintain the health of these fish in multiple tanks. (It also seems like a lot of work to take care of these delicate fellas.) To his credit, my friend has not completely lost his mind by constructing unusually large, custom-made aquariums <a href="http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/animal-planet-presents/videos/most-outrageous-largest-home-aquarium.htm">like this guy</a>.</p> <h2>11. Flying</h2> <p>It seems like it'd be cool to go up in the sky and pilot your own plane. But be prepared to pay up. You can rent a plane for under $100 per session, but that won't let you go too far. Lessons at a flight school will also cost you thousands of dollars. The actual purchase of a modest airplane could set you back more than $100,000. Actor John Travolta is a certified pilot and even reportedly lives in a house with two runways for his private plane. But he has <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQT0Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQT0Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FPUCURYOZPEVKMT2">Pulp Fiction</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GBEWHA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GBEWHA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q4OWCZSOYN7KYHPG">Grease</a> money at his disposal.</p> <p><em>Do you enjoy any of these pricey hobbies? How do you justify the expense?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment hobbies recreation saving sports Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1254109 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Things You Might Do on Your First Day of Retirement http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-might-do-on-your-first-day-of-retirement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-things-you-might-do-on-your-first-day-of-retirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/retirement-469546153-small.jpg" alt="retirement" title="retirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Besides saving, planning, and being practically prepared for when you end the working phase of your life, how will it actually feel? What will you be thinking? What will you <em>do</em>?</p> <p>Most of us who start planning early, though we're diligently preparing for that time, can't fathom what it will be like to actually hang up our careers and have time to &quot;putz&quot; around the house.</p> <p>Ending such a large part of your life, your work, is almost sure to bring about some predictable feelings and emotions.</p> <p>Here's a taste of what those thoughts might revolve around, and what you might do.</p> <h2>1. Get a Part-Time Job</h2> <p>If you haven't already made plans, this is likely to be the first thing on your to-do list.</p> <p>Having free time is something that is often longed for by those who have little or none of it. Yet the reality we face as adults is that free time is deceptively attractive, yet tends to let us down. Once we get it, we're restless and in need of something to keep us busy.</p> <p>A part-time job with easy hours, possibly in something you're already experienced with can be a great way to ease out of the workforce and into your retirement.</p> <h2>2. Spend Time (and Possibly Money) on Your Hobbies</h2> <p>One of the best perks of retirement is the opportunity it affords you to do something you love.</p> <p>A loose schedule, fewer demands on your time, and a predictable budget will have you thinking about whatever it is that you've always wanted to do but only got to enjoy in small portions during your working years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <p>Fishing rods, hunting gear, mountain bikes, cookbooks, a full bookshelf, a garden, or whatever else you've longed to spend your time on will finally get some attention.</p> <p>Your first day of retirement could spent, at least in part, planning how to engage these activities more often.</p> <h2>3. Miss the Routine of Going to Work</h2> <p>It sounds strange, but even the most difficult jobs can have a kind of comforting routine to them and will often cause sadness or frustration when they're gone.</p> <p>What's more, if you liked your job and have just left for good, then you'll almost certainly experience some disappointment on that first day. You'll miss going to work.</p> <p>Isn't that part of most life changes though?</p> <p>Even if the change is good and you have all this new time for yourself and for the things you love, not going to work will be tough at first.</p> <p>Yet you'll adjust and acclimate and won't be able to imagine going back.</p> <h2>4. Start Exercising More Often</h2> <p>You might have long prepared yourself to face the reality of old age, as you aren't likely to be younger than 55 (probably older) by the time you retire.</p> <p>But that isn't likely to stop you from spending some <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseforseniors.html">more time maintaining your health</a>.</p> <p>According to what your body permits, regular exercise will be far more appealing with extra time to spare and the leisure to get to the gym or your local health club. Particularly if you were an active person before retiring, your health can be a hobby in itself.</p> <h2>5. Keep a Tighter Budget</h2> <p>Depending on your streams of income, retiring means your available spending money will be fixed and predetermined. Thus living expenses will need to be more closely watch and monitored so that you don't run short. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/just-saving-isnt-enough-how-cash-flow-allocation-helps-you-retire?ref=seealso">How Cash Flow Allocation Helps You Retire</a>)</p> <p>That alone can be a completely new feeling, as you're relying on income that you've either already earned, or that you're getting in the form of social security or a pension.</p> <p>How can you stretch it then?</p> <p>You stretch it by managing your expenses and keeping a cap on what you pay out. Just because you aren't working doesn't mean you're not managing money.</p> <h2>6. Feel a Sense of Relief</h2> <p>Despite all the difficult emotions and the changes, having your entire working career behind you will undoubtedly be visited by a sense of relief; a deep and relaxing exhale.</p> <p>You've finished a major portion of life's race and the rest is mostly a cool down phase.</p> <p>Life still moves, but at a much slower pace.</p> <p>This should be a relief to you, both in a physical sense and an emotional sense, making your life far more relaxing than it had been previously.</p> <h2>Mixed Emotions</h2> <p>Some people look forward to retirement, even from a young age. Others find it scary, intimidating and an unfriendly reminder of the quickness by which life passes.</p> <p>But like all stages and changes life brings, it has both benefits and drawbacks; pros and cons.</p> <p>Thus your first day of retirement is going to be a complex set of mixed emotions. Some of these will be positive and joyful, while others will be negative and hard to process. A lot of it depends on your personality, health and how you feel about what you accomplished.</p> <p>You can look forward to the positive and be prepared for the negative.</p> <p>We're privileged to live in a time when we don't have to work ourselves into the ground to survive.</p> <p>So the opportunity of retirement itself is worth being thankful for.</p> <p><em>Have you retired? What were some of the thoughts that ran through your head when it was all new to you? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-might-do-on-your-first-day-of-retirement">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age">4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-occasions-when-you-should-definitely-hire-a-financial-advisor">7 Occasions When You Should Definitely Hire a Financial Advisor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-digital-retirement-coach-aims-to-take-angst-out-of-retirement-planning">Free &quot;Digital Retirement Coach&quot; Aims to Take Angst Out of Retirement Planning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement hobbies retirement side jobs Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:00:22 +0000 Mikey Rox 1142649 at http://www.wisebread.com The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally) http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/reading-482436757.jpg" alt="woman reading" title="woman reading" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wise Bread readers are masters at saving more and spending less. You know how to shop smart, how to stretch a budget, and how to find the best deals on just about anything.</p> <p>But what about when you want to cut loose and relax?</p> <p>Life, after all, is about balance and having some hobbies is a key component of living a happy, healthy life. If only those hobbies weren't so expensive.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stay true to your frugal principles and still have a good time in the process. Here are 35 ways to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress?ref=seealso">20 Free Ways to Relieve Stress</a>)</p> <h2>1. Reading</h2> <p>Too obvious? Maybe, but it's cheap, cheap, cheap, and if you enjoy doing it, you'll never run out of new material. Find an endless supply of stuff to read on the Internet, pick up used books at garage sales and thrift stores, or take advantage of your free library card and gain access to everything from the old classics to the latest best-sellers.</p> <h2>2. Journaling/Writing</h2> <p>Writing offers a number of benefits, not the least of which is learning to write better by constructing your thoughts on paper. Work through your issues by journaling or leave something memorable for your descendants by writing your memoirs. If you're not yet ready to put your life on paper, try writing about someone else's life instead, or write about a cause or event that you think is important.</p> <p>Or just make the whole thing up. One of the great things about writing fiction is that you have control over how the story develops. Not sure where to start? Let this handy <a href="http://writers-den.pantomimepony.co.uk/writers-plot-ideas.php">online plot generator</a> start for you.</p> <h2>3. Writing Poetry</h2> <p><em>There is an art to making words rhyme,</em></p> <p><em>A rhythm that requires those words to keep time,</em></p> <p><em>But master it and you will see,</em></p> <p><em>There's nothing quite so creative as poetry.</em></p> <p>Where to start? Turco's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0874513812/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0874513812&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The New Book of Forms</a> and Hollander's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300088329/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0300088329&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Rhyme's Reason</a> are classic introductions to English rhyme and verse, with clear explanations and plenty of examples.</p> <h2>4. Performing Slam Poetry</h2> <p>If traditional rhyme isn't your thing, consider <a href="http://nps2013.poetryslam.com/">slam poetry</a> instead. Meant to be spoken, slam poetry is much more visceral in content, often used as a means to vent about political issues, humanitarian injustices, and personal milestones. It's also much more flexible when it comes to style and syntax. You can use rhyme if you want, but it's not required; in fact, the only real &quot;requirements&quot; of slam poetry is that it's passionate, and if you're going to compete, your poem must be three minutes or under.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-482059289-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>5. Sewing</h2> <p>When I was in elementary school, my mother made matching outfits for me and my best friend. They featured faux suede vests and skirts with cream-colored satin shirts, and since this was the '70s, we were hot stuff in those outfits to say the least.</p> <p>I never really got into sewing after a dress-debacle in my 8th grade Home-Ec class, but now, with a daughter of my own, I've pulled out mom's sewing machine, and I'm slowly but surely learning how to make my own garments. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Sewing is a wonderfully creative outlet and the perfect way to fashion a custom wardrobe for a fraction of what you'd spend buying off the racks. Plus &mdash; and this is my goal &mdash; if you get really good at working with patterns, you can start working on your own designs. Move over, Jaclyn Smith!</p> <h2>6. Walking</h2> <p>Despite the obvious cardiovascular benefits, walking is a great way to clear your head, let off some steam, and just enjoy the outdoors. You can walk the trail at your local park or just walk your neighborhood after dinner. The benefits are the same, and it's free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=seealso">Surprising Benefits of a 10-Minute Walk</a>)</p> <h2>7. Gardening</h2> <p>When we moved out of the city some seven-plus years ago, I wanted to fully experience the whole &quot;country-lifestyle,&quot; so I promptly tilled up an area for a small garden. It was one of the best things I've ever done. Not only do you get to commune with nature, but if you grow edibles, you can cut down your grocery bill to boot. And just let me say, there's <em>nothing</em> like homegrown tomatoes. Plus, you don't need lots of space to enjoy this hobby &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide">container gardening</a> works well even in the smallest of spaces &mdash; and if you grow heirloom plants and harvest your seeds, you'll only have to buy your starter plants once.</p> <h2>8. Bird-Watching</h2> <p>When we moved to said country home, we noticed a mud nest on our front porch. Hubby wanted to tear it down&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash; and</span>&nbsp;I wanted to know what lived in it. As it turns out, that nest belonged to a pair of <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/purple_martin/id">Purple Martins</a>, birds known for eating their weight in mosquitoes. And because they come back every spring, I've never had to buy a can of repellant. The moral of this story? Learning more about the birds in your backyard might be worth your time.</p> <h2>9. Painting</h2> <p>Years ago, my girlfriends and I decided to try our hand at painting. We began with oils, which I loved as a medium, but they were a little pricey and a pain to clean up. Then I discovered acrylics. Water soluble and much, much cheaper, they have been my go-to medium ever since. You can find canvases and brushes &mdash; also inexpensive &mdash; at most craft stores, and there's an endless supply of how-tos on the web.</p> <h2>10. Drawing</h2> <p>If painting isn't your thing, try drawing. Sketchbooks are relatively cheap and easy to tote, so you can take your hobby with you wherever you go. And like painting, you can self-teach using books, online instruction, and lots of practice.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-482330273-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>11. Cooking</h2> <p>Forget about prepackaged mixes and store-bought cans &mdash; there's something about cooking and baking from scratch that feels almost spiritual. Maybe it's the creative aspect of pulling it all together, tasting and adjusting along the way to be sure your recipe is just right. Maybe it's the satisfaction of seeing your creation turn out well, a manifestation of all the love and intention that went into making it. Maybe it's the presentation, with all the little drizzles and sprinkles that turn your dish into art.</p> <p>Or maybe it's just that it tastes better.</p> <p>Depending upon what you have in your cabinets, you may need to purchase certain spices and staples, but I've found that it's not too hard to keep a well-stocked kitchen, and it's definitely cheaper than eating out. Plus, it's nice to get a craving for something and know that I have the ingredients to make it, meaning fewer spontaneous trips to the grocery store.</p> <p>Where to start? Pick a cuisine or style you like, and decide to master its ingredients and recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies?ref=seealso">10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a>)</p> <h2>12. Genealogy</h2> <p>I can't tell you what got me started in genealogy. But I can tell you that once I started digging, I was forever hooked. There's something absolutely fascinating about tracing your past, learning where you came from, and even (occasionally) stumbling upon photos and stories of ancestors you never met. I have an ancestor who was a Revolutionary War Patriot, for example, and there's a memorial built in his honor in his hometown.</p> <p>I have another ancestor who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and he, too, is remembered in a memorial, this one placed in an Abbey in Somerset.</p> <p>Not all of my ancestors have notable stories, of course, but following their trail is interesting nonetheless. You can splurge for an <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10456885">Ancestry.com</a> membership or you can begin by exploring the free genealogy websites online and the genealogy section at your local library. If you're just getting started, try <a href="http://www.cyndislist.com/categories/">Cyndi's List</a>.</p> <h2>13. Become an Expert</h2> <p>When I discovered that I had an ancestor with ties to Queen Elizabeth, I couldn't help but learn more about that particular era. Between the assassination attempts on the Queen and all the betrayal and beheadings during her father's (King Henry VIII) reign, there's more than enough information to keep my interest piqued. And in the process, I've become a bit of an expert on this topic.</p> <p>Now, think about something that interests you. Are you a history buff? Fascinated by science? Passionate about climate change? Dig in deeper and learn everything you can. In a world where we're bombarded with information 24/7, it's a nice change of pace to cover more than just a few fleeting details. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-learn-something-new-every-day?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Learn Something New</a>)</p> <h2>14. Jewelry-Making</h2> <p>If you've got kids, then you've probably seen the rubber-band bracelets that are all the rage. My daughter loves making them, and has even branched out to woven friendship bracelets using string and cord. Helping her figure out new techniques and patterns reminded me of how much fun those smaller craft projects could be and while the rubber-band variation isn't really my thing, wire jewelry offers some great possibilities.</p> <p>There are literally hundreds of websites where you can get ideas and inspiration, along with step-by-step tutorials to walk you through a complete project. You can find wire at most craft stores, but you'll pay less if you order from some of the jewelry-supply websites, such as <a href="http://www.firemountaingems.com/">Fire Mountain Gems</a>. Beads can be found at most of these sites as well, or you can order them in bulk from Amazon.</p> <p>And if you find that you're especially good at jewelry making, you can sell your stuff on Etsy for extra cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Launch a Small Business With Etsy</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-481199535-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>15. Guitar</h2> <p>Of all the musical instruments you could play, the guitar is probably the most practical &mdash; easy to take with you, and if you buy it used, you can get one relatively cheap.</p> <p>There's also plenty of free lessons to be had. <a href="http://justinguitar.com">Justin Guitar</a> and <a href="http://guitarlessons.com">GuitarLessons</a> both offer free instruction as do many other websites. Or, you can just head over to YouTube &mdash; you'll find both generic lessons as well as instructions for specific songs, meaning you can finally learn how to play that 80s tune that you love so much.</p> <h2>16. Card Tricks</h2> <p>Who hasn't seen a card trick and wondered, <em>&quot;How did they do that?&quot;</em> Well, here's your chance to find out! The beauty of learning card tricks compared to other types of magic is that you can buy a deck of cards for a dollar &mdash; one dollar, and you have everything you need to start learning new tricks.</p> <p>Granted, some are more complex than others, but many are relatively easy and if you add a <a href="http://magic.about.com/od/Card-Magic-Tricks/ss/Learn-Shuffle-Card-Magic-Tricks.htm">fancy shuffle</a>, you'll look like a pro when you perform your trick.</p> <p>Cards not your thing, or a dollar to high a price to pay? How about <a href="http://www.goodtricks.net/coinmagic.html">coin tricks</a>?</p> <h2>17. Play Cards</h2> <p>Want to stretch that dollar even further? Learn to play Texas Hold 'Em or Five Card Draw or Bridge for that matter. Playing cards is a fun and easy way to relax and unwind, and it's also a great option when the Internet mysteriously goes down and you decide to reinvent family time.</p> <h2>18. Star-Gazing</h2> <p>There is something magical about looking out at the night sky, even if you don't have a telescope. Learn to spot the different constellations with one of the many astronomy apps available (I use <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/star-chart/id345542655?mt=8">Star Chart</a> &mdash; it's <em>free</em>!) and subscribe to some of the astronomy websites (such as <a href="http://astronomy.com">Astronomy Magazine</a> and <a href="http://skyandtelescope.com">Sky and Telescope</a>) to learn more about space and upcoming celestial events.</p> <h2>19. Fishing</h2> <p>You'll need a place to fish obviously &mdash; a lake or a stocked pond, for example &mdash; but that's about the biggest challenge you'll find with this hobby. Fishing requires patience, but it can also be a great way to get outside and clear your head. It's also a great way to take care of dinner.</p> <h2>20. Photography</h2> <p>No need to spend lots of money on expensive cameras; many smartphones can now take some really nice pictures and you can always upgrade later. If you've got an eye for photography, you can sell your images on sites like <a href="http://www.istockphoto.com/">iStockphoto</a> and make a few extra bucks in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>21. Chess</h2> <p>You can get a cheap chess board at Walmart, or you can play online for free (plus pick up tips and strategies) at <a href="http://chess.com">Chess.com</a>. In addition to being a great way to challenge yourself, chess is actually good for you. It exercises both sides of the brain, can help prevent diseases like dementia, and has even been shown to raise IQ.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-461263895-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>22. Whittling</h2> <p>All you need is a knife and a piece of soft wood; the rest is nothing but your own creativity. There are plenty of tutorials online to get you started, and there are even some whittling magazines out there as well. And if you're wondering what you could possibly make by whittling, <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=whittling">take a look at these</a>.</p> <h2>23. Puzzles</h2> <p>Puzzles are cheap. Puzzles are easy to find. And depending upon your level of patience, puzzles can be a wonderful way to spend a quiet evening at home. Don't care for the jigsaw variety? Then try crossword puzzles or <a href="http://www.sudoku.com/en">Sudoku</a> &mdash; both help improve concentration, memory, and critical thinking.</p> <h2>24. Coding</h2> <p>Not everyone welcomes the idea of deciphering code, but for those that do, there are plenty of free resources to keep you busy. <a href="http://codeacademy.com">Code Academy</a> offers free lessons in several scripts and languages, including PHP, Ruby, HTML, and Java. Become proficient, and you can charge for your skills on sites like <a href="https://www.upwork.com/">Upwork</a>.</p> <h2>25. Dancing</h2> <p>Besides being a wonderful form of exercise, dancing is intensely expressive, allowing you release your tension while you work up a sweat. Learn specific dance styles, such as Salsa, Latin, or Hip Hop on YouTube or at sites like <a href="http://learntodance.com">LearntoDance</a> and <a href="http://www.thedancestoreonline.com/ballroom-dance-instruction/index.htm">The Dance Store Online</a>, or just turn on your radio and go freestyle.</p> <h2>26. Scrapbooking</h2> <p>If you buy all the ready-made scrapbooking kits, you can easily spend a small fortune. So don't do that. Instead, make your own scrapbooking accents with cheaper alternatives such as construction paper, coloring book pages, free printables off the Internet, and pictures cut out of magazines.</p> <h2>27. Pinterest</h2> <p>I've just recently started using <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/">Pinterest</a>, but I can definitely see the appeal. You create &quot;boards&quot; devoted to whatever topics you choose and then &quot;pin&quot; related items that you find on the Internet. Think of it as digital collecting, and you're on the right track. For me, it's like window shopping online &mdash; I have a board for shoes, one for recipes, one for wire jewelry, another for astronomy pics, and yet another for gardening ideas. It's a free and fun way to share the stuff you find online and follow others who share your interests.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-481194329-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>28. Raise Chickens</h2> <p>I currently have eight chickens &mdash; four that are full-grown and keep me well stocked with fresh eggs, and four new chicks, about three weeks old and currently living in a tub in my dining room until they're big enough to live outside.</p> <p>Getting chickens was one of the first things I did when we moved out of the city, and I have to tell you, I am in love. Chickens are easy to keep, funny to watch, and if you get the right breeds, sociable. My girls follow me around the yard, they keep the grasshoppers under control, and as I said, they keep me and my neighbors well stocked in eggs. If you decide to breed, you can sell your chicks to feed stores or direct to the public for $2 to $3 apiece. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens?ref=seealso">Raising Backyard Chickens</a>)</p> <h2>29. Homesteading</h2> <p>Homesteading is actually a broad term that covers a variety of activities and practices, all devoted to living self-sufficiently. Canning falls under homesteading for example, as does making your own wine and cheese. You don't have to go completely off the grid, but if making your own jerky sounds appealing, or if you've often thought about keeping bees, crafting elixirs, growing your own crops, or just &quot;going green,&quot; homesteading might be for you. And with the right planning and preparation, even a little homesteading can be very friendly to your pocketbook.</p> <h2>30. Papier Mache</h2> <p>Not only is this hobby extremely creative, it's also a great way to recycle all that junk mail and old newspapers. Visit <a href="http://www.ultimatepapermache.com/">Ultimate Paper Mache</a> for recipes, tutorials, and inspiration.</p> <h2>31. Origami</h2> <p>The art of paper folding, origami, dates back to 17th Century Japan. It uses a series of folds to create sculptures out of flat pieces of paper, no glue or cutting allowed. To start your origami adventure, try <a href="http://www.origami-instructions.com/">these projects</a>.</p> <h2>32. Whistling</h2> <p>Yes, whistling. I can whistle one note &mdash; one sad, little note that's barely audible, but I love the idea of being able to whistle a tune, or even just whistle for my dog. Those that can do it typically take it for granted, while those that can't would love to learn. And as with everything else, practice makes perfect. <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Whistle">Here's some tips to get you started</a>.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hobby-478115241-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>33. Singing</h2> <p>Everyone &mdash; <em>everyone</em> &mdash; likes to sing along to their favorite songs. So, why not improve that singing voice and share it with the rest of the world? There's plenty of singing tutorial videos on Youtube or you can take free lessons from <a href="http://free-singing-lessons.com/">Free-Singing-Lessons</a>.</p> <h2>34. Make Recycled Art</h2> <p>We've all seen those news stories about people who made impressive works of art from what might otherwise be considered as trash or junk. The <a href="http://kylebean.co.uk/portfolio/whatcamefirst">chicken made from egg shells</a> for example, or <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickgentry/sets/72157634425010430/">the paintings created from floppy disks</a> &mdash; the possibilities are endless, and what better way to recycle your trash?</p> <h2>35. Blogging</h2> <p>After you've mastered some of these other hobbies, write a blog about it! You can blog for free on sites like <a href="http://blogger.com">Blogger</a> and <a href="http://wordpress.com">Wordpress</a> or, if you want something more custom, you can download the <a href="http://wordpress.org">Wordpress</a> platform for free and install on your own domain. Domain names can be had for about $10 a year (I use <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11757863">Namecheap</a>) and hosting for under $10 per month, depending on the package you choose (I use <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10408508">Hostgator</a>).</p> <p>Blogging about your hobbies and interests allows you to continue improving those writing skills and connect with others who share your interests.</p> <p><em>Now it's your turn&hellip; what's your favorite frugal hobby?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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