45 Fun hobbies you can do on the cheap! (for less than $50!)

  • Learn a foreign language
  • Geocaching. Totally free if you have a smart phone, fun, challenging, and will get you outside – https://www.geocaching.com/play
  • papercraft. Very rewarding to see what you can construct out of paper.
  • Raspberry Pi! Software or hardware projects, retro game emulations, NAS, coding, etc
  • Get yourself a couple of locks and a set of basic picks. You’ll never be bored again
  • Speed cubing (Rubik’s Cubes). A Zhanchi is something like $18. I don’t know how much lubricant is though
  • Calligraphy. It’s easier if you already have nice handwriting
  • Brewing beer
  • Disc Golf. A starter set of discs is around $30 and most courses are free to play
  • Programming
  • DnD is really cheap now that all the manuals etc can be found for free online. All you really need are dice, and you can borrow those until you decide to make the $6 or so jump into buying your own set
  • Gardening. Buy some plants or seeds, get some fertiliser if necessary and away ya go
  • D modeling: https://www.blender.org/
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Digital Painting: https://krita.org/
  • Yo-Yoing
  • Vector Drawing: https://inkscape.org/
  • Card Tricks
  • Digital Music Production: https://lmms.io/
  • Ham Radio
  • Play the harmonica (they can easily be found for $3-$15)
  • Music MIxing: http://mixxx.org/
  • Observing the night sky
  • Photo/Image Editing: http://www.gimp.org/
  • Go to school and take courses:
  • Learn programming:
  • Make a game:
  • Learn a language: https://www.duolingo.com/
  • Play old arcade games:https://archive.org/details/internetarcade
  • Play old PC Games:https://archive.org/details/classicpcgames
  • Write a book or short story.
  • Hiking. Plus it’s something fun you can enjoy with others or on your own.
  • Shouting.  Go for a walk in the countryside or lock yourself in the bathroom, it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re on your own, then just start bellowing your lungs out. At first you won’t be able to shout at the top of your voice for very long without becoming hoarse but given time your vocal cords will develop the leathery texture of a rhino’s nutsack and you’ll be able to yell like an ineffectual schoolteacher to your heart’s content.  This is a very cheap hobby, needing no specialised equipment, clothing or training.
  • Reading books and working out.

    • Chess. Here you go: http://en.lichess.org/.
    • Juggling. You can get a set of five juggling balls online for cheap prices or if you’re into DIY you can make them yourself. Here’s a site with a lot of tricks you can focus on learning. Note: a lot of the other arts on that page, like handbalancing and hoops, are also really cheap and may interest you).
    • Physical training. /r/bodyweightfitness is your friend if you’re not into gym memberships and running is also a highly beneficial activity.
    • Dancing. Many dances, like bboying and popping, can be learned online. Reddit is a really good resource here, too!
    • Tricking. A lot of people learn tricking barefoot in their back gardens. Here’s a cool list of tricks you can learn (note that the more advanced shit is best done in a specialized facility, but you don’t have to worry about that for now.
    • Reading. Library cards are free where I’m from, and surely not over $50.
    • Writing. That shit’s therapeutic, seriously. I like keeping journals, but there are so many ways you can take this hobby. Poetry, fiction.. and you can start on your laptop if you can’t be bothered to write things out by hand.
    • Programming. Free online resources are everywhere. I mainly use my programming knowledge to help with mathematics, but my friend made his first game using python a few weeks back.
    • Drawing. You don’t need top level equipment, all you need is a pen and some paper.
    • Learning! In the age of the internet ignorance is a choice. You can learn any subject you want right about now if you have access to a computer. Maths, sciences, humanities, everything is available. You do not need a degree to further your knowledge in any subject. If you’re more into learning for an end goal, brush up your maths skills to start solving recreational problems (https://brilliant.org/ is a great site) or join debate groups based around the topic that you’re interested in (these are all over the net). You don’t have to limit your learning to academic topics. Here’s a good site to use to learn languages… and another one. You can find a lot of people to practice with; there are language groups in many communities and there are loads of natives from other countries looking for language exchange partners.





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