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Inexpensive hobbies To Overcome Boredom

Updated on June 19, 2015
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Tricia Deed is a freelance writer describing the different types of hobbies which can be done during our leisure hours.

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Play A Game Of Chess

Play a game of chess, checkers, or Chinese checkers.
Play a game of chess, checkers, or Chinese checkers. | Source

Paper roses and butterflies - DNG series

Making a PVC Bow and Arrow

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.


Forest Woman Uses Hobby to Recycle Plastic Bags

The Worm Bin

You can make your own vermicomposting equipment. But this type of system is much easier. Use the bottom layer to start your worm farm. As the worms gain in population fill the next tray with food and they will move upward. Keep repeating this process until you have 4 or 5 trays filled. Clean away the worm castings when the worms have moved on to the next tray.

Organic Gardening with Vermicomposting

I have gotten involved in organic gardening and started vermicomposting.

I started out with 2 Styrofoam containers at $2.50 each and the cost of the first container of worms. I started out very small because I was not sure if I really wanted to raise worms.

But, I have to be realistic, our garden soil is sandy and needs much organic material to be able to grow vegetables. And my research points to worms for the best soil enrichment.

Well, I am successful at growing worms but I cannot afford to purchase a commercial unit. Therefore, so I will follow the same advice which I have passed on to you. I will do it myself with my husband's help.

My husband and I have walked our storage shed and found the wood, tray, hinges, glue, nails, hammer, and casters. I designed the residential plans for my worms and my husband will build it. The only item which I did not have is a can of polyurethane to coat and protect the wood. I guess $10 should purchase the polyurethane. Labor is free as my husband will be building it. Well, not quite free, I should at least cook him a good dinner.

Ten dollars and learning something new in a hobby is cheap compared to a few hundred dollars which would be needed if it was purchased, and removing the wood made for more space in the shed.

The most valuable input for your choices is your imagination and creativity,

Warning

Avoid making the mistake which I made from ignorance. Worm suppliers sell worms by the pound. In the early days they were able to count the worms and sold them in that manner. Labor costs are too high for them to continue this practice.

Some companies will sell you a pound of dirt with worms. Some companies will sell a pound of worms. If I had it to do over again I would have purchased the worms with minimum dirt knowing that I was truly purchasing at least 1,000 worms.


Deco patch or Paper Mache

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

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding
Horseback riding | Source
  • Playing electronic games
  • Chess and other games
  • Water activities
  • Sports Interests

After compiling your list. Select one activity for indoor and one activity for the outdoors.

The reason for narrowing your choice is because there are subcategories to each selection and it may or may not call for another list to be made.

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

Tina Barseghian with her hobby personality quiz and 101 hobby ideas to pursue is an excellent one-stop hobby shopping guide. "Get A Hobby" also serves as an excellent reference book. Tina offers a wealth of information which you may also match with the list of interests you have been compiling.

One Hobby or Two?

After completing your list, select one hobby to get started on 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.


Social Hobbies

Photographers attract people.
Photographers attract people. | Source
Bicycling with others.
Bicycling with others. | Source
Playing football, softball, baseball, and tennis with team members.
Playing football, softball, baseball, and tennis with team members. | 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 shows, participating in 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 experience. The last I heard she was traveling around the country showing dogs.

4 Types of Musical Instruments

The guitar is a popular stringed instrument
The guitar is a popular stringed instrument | Source
The harmonica is a small pocket-sized wind instrument.
The harmonica is a small pocket-sized wind instrument. | Source
An instrument which many people play for the first time. The piano can be traditional or there are new electronic keyboards.
An instrument which many people play for the first time. The piano can be traditional or there are new electronic keyboards. | Source
Drums are the basic foundation instrument of all the percussion musical instruments.
Drums are the basic foundation instrument of all the percussion musical instruments. | 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 or Pen from Simple to Complex

Simple umbrella colorized after initial drawing.
Simple umbrella colorized after initial drawing. | Source
Pencil drawing of a horse.
Pencil drawing of a horse. | Source
Pencil drawing of a young man.
Pencil drawing of a young man. | 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.


Are you aware of your talents and skills?

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beach birds
beach birds | 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.

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    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 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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      CreativeExpress 3 years ago

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

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