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Inexpensive hobbies To Overcome Boredom

Updated on May 17, 2017
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Tricia Deed is a freelance writer describing the different types of hobbies which can be done during our leisure hours.

Hobbies Make Us Happy

Busy hands with or without tools make us happy because we are doing something we love.
Busy hands with or without tools make us happy because we are doing something we love. | Source

Inexpensive Hobbies

Are you concerned about having money to pursue personal interests?

There are many inexpensive hobbies to choose from. One does not always have to spend a great deal of money; free and low budget is good.

Getting involved in a hobby enhances your current skills or talents and awakens you to new education and knowledge. Any hobby will change a day in your lifestyle.

Are you bored or need some type of stimulus to improve or change your lifestyle?

  1. Relieve your boredom by getting active in searching for a new hobby.
  2. Write down without hesitation all the things that you like to do. Review your list and select as many items as you wish to start which are free or meet your budget.
  3. After your list is completed of things you wish to do. Do a walk-about in your home, garage, storage sheds, and yard areas.

The reason for the walkabout is to locate items which are:

  1. Never used
  2. Need recycling or re-purposing
  3. Parts and knickknacks
  4. Tools
  5. Miscellaneous accessories, e.g. glue, paints, adhesives, knots, bolts, screws, and so on

Congratulations! You now have a project to assemble and all, most, or a percentage of the project can be done for free or a few dollars which can be managed and fit the budget.

Cabbage Row

Cabbage growing in an outside garden.
Cabbage growing in an outside garden. | Source

Organic Gardening

Growing vegetables or flowers is a popular hobby for any age group. Organic gardening is inexpensive because you will be working with whatever you may have available on your property.

The first critical step in gardening is to know what type of soil is in your yard. For instance, if sand is dominant on your property, top soil and additives will need to be added in order to enrich the soil. Do you have clay soil? It will have to also be remedied. The best soil is to have a mixture of sand, clay, and loam.

Look about your yard and see what can be used for composting. Composting includes throw away vegetables and flowers, grass clippings, leaves, and twigs. Most of these items are free.

Check your local news online or off and gather free animal manure. The manure can be cow, chickens, horses, and rabbits.

Mix all that you have collected and build a compost pile. Use the broken down product by putting it into the garden selection and fill the land with this compost. No fertilizers will be needed.

The main difference between organic and man-made fertilizer products is this - organic fertilizer adds nutrients to the earth and the plant roots will seek out their nutritional requirements. Man-made fertilizers will feed the plants, but not the soil.

This becomes an expensive hobby because each planting season you would need to purchase chemicals and fertilize each growing season with no land improvement. The organic material will feed the soil and each year the soil becomes richer with nutrients and therefore costs are reduced as no additives are needed. Nature provides.

Deco patch or Paper Mache

Decopatch or create figurines with Paper Mache techniques.
Decopatch or create figurines with Paper Mache techniques. | Source

Decoupage Anything

Gather objects around the house even items you have considered throwing away. Look at the object with an open mind and imagine how it might look if it were Decoupaged.

Decoupage is nothing more then cutting pictures, symbols, numbers, alphabets from magazines, newspapers; any light weight paper will do.

  1. Mix school glue with water into a lightweight mixture.
  2. Use a brush to apply the diluted paste onto the cutout.
  3. Place the cutout on the intended object, then brush another layer of the thinned out paste.
  4. Continue to cut and paste until the object is completely covered in the manner you wish. If a mistake is made, replace with another cutout.
  5. Let dry overnight.

It’s done. A new look was created.

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Open your mind to be creative and imaginative.
Open your mind to be creative and imaginative. | Source

Make A Hobby Wish List

Here is a sample list to help jog your memory.

  • Athletic activities
  • Horseback riding
  • Snow skiing or water skiing
  • Archery
  • Golf
  • Any health interests?
  • Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Boating and Sailing
  • Do you enjoy an easy lifestyle?
  • Sewing
  • Drawing, painting
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Rollerskating or ice skating
  • Ball games
  • Jogging or running
  • Flying a kite
  • Puzzles
  • Orgami
  • Playing cards and other table games
  • Paper mache

Photography and Painting

Taking a photo of a landscape can be essential to painting landscapes.
Taking a photo of a landscape can be essential to painting landscapes. | Source

One Hobby or Two?

After completing your list, select one hobby to start your new found interest. This may not be as easy as you think. Your excitement may cause you to want to do more than one hobby.

Stop! attempting to do too many interests at one time as this will cause confusion and you will meet with disappointment by trying to accomplish too much at one time and nothing will be completed.

Start and finish each project. At its completion make a decision to continue or change to another interest.

If you wish to do more than one hobby consider one type of hobby for an indoor activity and another for an outdoor activity.

It is not uncommon that a choice for one hobby will also open other avenues within that selection. For example, taking a photograph of an outdoor scene and then returning indoors to sketch and paint from that photo.

Social Hobbies

Snow sled racing with Huskies in the lead.
Snow sled racing with Huskies in the lead. | Source

Personal Identity Reflected With Hobby Choice

Your choice of hobby selections will reflect your personal identity. No one can choose a hobby for you. Many of your natural abilities will guide you to the right choices.

The additional fun part of a hobby is meeting people who also share in your interests. Each time you select a hobby there is an increase in your activity level and not uncommonly a change in lifestyle.

I had a friend who adored cats, but was talked into owning a dog. Owning a dog was a very new experience for her. Not knowing much about canines she opted to take her pet to dog training school.

Her life changed as quickly as a flying bullet. She got so involved with her dog's education that she started attending and participating in dog shows, and meeting the most wonderful people in her life. She found her life to be socially active and very interesting. This lifestyle change was drastic as she went from an indoor cat lover to an active outdoor lifestyle. The last I heard she was traveling around the country showing dogs.

Music Hobbies

The guitar is a popular stringed instrument
The guitar is a popular stringed instrument | Source

Music As A Hobby

Music does soothe the soul. Learn to play an instrument of your choosing. I would recommend that you visit a music store and with their permission sample some of the instruments which interest you.

There are four categories of instruments; stringed, wind, keyboard, and percussion, but there are hundreds of national and international instruments to select from.

  1. There are stringed instruments, such as the guitar, violin, harp, and banjo.You will need to toughen up your fingertips as the wire strings will cut delicate fingertips.
  2. Consider playing keyboard. These instruments will include the piano, and organs.
  3. Do you have strong lungs? There are many wind instruments; flute, clarinet, tuba, saxophone, accordion, bagpipe, trumpet, Kazoo, harmonica, and trombone.
  4. Perhaps rhythm is your instrument; drums of every imaginable type, triangle, bongo drums, and tambourine.

Before making a final decision of instrument choice check on instructions, local teachers, and after you learn how to play this instrument will you be using it as a self interest hobby or would you wish to play for an audience?

For instance, playing the harmonica can be a satisfying self interest instrument but handy to take along for indoor parties or outdoor activities.

Playing the piano has its restrictions because of the size of the musical instrument. Enjoy playing for self, church, parties (electric portable keyboards), and public show events.

Homemade Musical Instruments

Drawings with Pencil

Drawing your hand can be quite a challenge.
Drawing your hand can be quite a challenge. | Source

Drawings with Pencil, Ink, or Crayons

A pad and a pencil is the least expensive way to begin drawing. Drawing is a great way to keep a visual record of what you wish to see. Sometimes a camera is not always available.

Drawing is a very cheap or inexpensive hobby. Reach for a sheet of paper and a pencil and start making a visual recording of what you are seeing.

Drawing is as old as human beings. The drawing may be simple or as complex as a painting.

Do you remember drawing the directions to a person's house to confirm a visual picture for your descriptive words? This is a drawing.

When we do not have a camera available many of us will sketch a quick image as a reminder.

There are many occasions when we draw; this form of communication is not restricted to artists.

Your drawings can be filled in with color from colored pencils and crayons. The artist in you will want to complete your sketches with acrylic, water color, or oil paints.

A Hobby is Personal

Boxing can be an interesting hobby. Women are taking a great interest in this sport.
Boxing can be an interesting hobby. Women are taking a great interest in this sport. | Source

Hobbies For Self Improvement

The best hobby is specifically designed for you by you. Your private world of self-indulgence is your get-a-way from responsibilities; a time to recharge your battery for mental and physical relief from stresses.

Time, skills, and talents will dictate other choices as your interests change. Each new adventure invites a banquet of new excitement. Oh yes, you may have to study, do research, and learn new things; It is well worth the effort. The world around you will open and expand with knowledge and exciting activities.

Are you aware of your talents and skills?

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    • Kara Skinner profile image

      Kara Skinner 9 months ago from Maine

      There are a lot of good suggestions here. Gardening is definitely a good hobby when you have the space because not only is it fun and relaxing, but then you are rewarded by fruits and vegetables at the end. Making homemade musical instruments is a really cool idea as well.

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      CreativeExpress 4 years ago

      Great lens to gather info on hobbies. The low cost angle is also clever!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A wonderful list of hobbies you have come up with here, some people make a little extra money with their hobbies :) Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!!


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