HOBBIES THAT CAN ACTUALLY SAVE YOU MONEY
I am a strong believer that good life implies having some time that you have reserved for leisure activities that you do only for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
Over the years, it has become clear to me that having a free time is incredibly valuable to my level of happiness and my mental well-being.
There are many things that I enjoy doing in my spare time that I mentally catalog as “frugality” or “chores” instead of hobbies.
Those activities are things that really saved me money and even earn me a little money. Many of my friends have hobbies that also fall into this category.
Below are the list of hobbies that you may want to try in your free time. The common trend here, of course, is that each of these hobbies is usually what people do to earn a living.
Each of this hobby is practiced by myself, someone from my family or a close friend.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #1: COOKING AT HOME
Cooking (and making food) is an amazing hobby to save money. The more you devote to the kitchen, the less you find yourself relying on pre-packaged foods and restaurants. By taking cooking as a hobby, it ends up being a significant money saver.
At the beginning, you will probably do some really mediocre meals, but you can improve quickly from that stage.
I will give you an example. Last night for dinner, we had a cheese lasagna, a salad, and breadsticks. I did all these things myself. The cheese lasagna consisted simply of layers of a simple pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, vegetables and cheese in a slow cooker for several hours.
The salad was just some tossed vegetables, some from our garden, mixed with a little dressing. The breadsticks were just a recipe for simple bread with a little garlic powder in the dough, stretched in the shape of a loaf of bread.
I invested about an hour in the preparation of the meal and considered it quite fun. The total cost of the meal was less than $ 30.
If you can show me a restaurant where my family can eat for less than $ 5 per head, I’d love to visit it.
Simply devote your time and energy to reducing food costs.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #2: CARPENTRY
Having an interest in carpentry can help you save a lot of money on furniture in two ways.
The first way is that you can make your own furniture. You can build all kinds of things, including desks, chairs, bed frames, bookcases, etc.
The second way that carpentry can save you money is by renovating used furniture. The best way to buy furniture at low prices is to go to garage sales, where you can find real bargains.
If you know how to work with wood and can renovate existing furniture, you can make a five-dollar table look like a $500 table.
Because furniture is usually sold so cheap at garage sales, this method can save you a lot of money.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #3: DECORATING HOUSES
The house owners want their houses to be well decorated along with the cleanliness. This can be a good option if your house is the next photo highlighted in a Better Homes & Garden or a similar magazine for home decoration.
The description of the work can vary from the strict decoration of the interior rooms or it can also be extended to the exterior landscape, as well as to the appropriate lawn decorations for the season.
A popular moment for this service is Christmas when you can hang the Christmas lights and also decorate the family Christmas tree.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #4: DO IT YOURSELF
This is a hobby in which a close friend is involved. He moves to a house that is a complete garbage dump and starts working on it, repairing it by himself, then he sells the house and moves on to another one.
He really enjoys home improvement projects and they take up a lot of his free time. Do It Yourself work is a hobby that can save you a lot of money if you buy more than one type of repairman’s house and fix it yourself. If you do it over and over again, you can also earn money.
In our own house, for example, we have taken on many DIY projects lately, we are handling a lot of small repairs, and having the desire and skills to handle those repairs ourselves without calling the repairman has made a big difference for us. It converts your time and energy into lower maintenance and repair costs.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #5: TEACH A FITNESS CLASS
If you have access to a gym or a meeting place such as a church or a community center, you can earn money by teaching an exercise class. You can receive payments per student in most cases.
With one of the most popular New Year Resolutions related to health and fitness, there is a “permanent” demand for fitness classes.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #6: EXERCISE
It costs nothing to exercise, but it has a profound positive impact on your medical bills throughout your life.
Incorporate simple exercise in your life; things like going on regular walks, doing some mild bodyweight exercises and simply picking up heavy things regularly, will reduce your chances of getting many chronic diseases and conditions and make you feel better. Exercise costs nothing at all.
My son Eresh is currently focusing on programs where he increases his squats, push-ups and board time; as usual, when he reaches his target number with each one, he will move on to harder versions.
I try to walk every day, walk through my neighborhood and, often, take a walk through the nearby shopping mall. I also like to bike to the nearby library.
The total cost of all that is zero. However, when I do it constantly, I feel really good, and I know from the medical literature that exercise will reduce the chances of many medical conditions that will require expensive treatment.
For me, it’s a great benefit, one that keeps me committed to this hobby. You turn your time into lower medical bills.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #7: HUNTING AND FISHING
Hunting and fishing used to be the only way people had meat to eat.
I had fun fishing with my father while I was growing up. If your hobby is hunting or fishing, you probably spend a lot less on meat than the rest of us.
You may still have to pay for processing if you hunt deer, but it’s still a hobby to save money.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #9: GARDENING
I had a garden behind my house while in Charlotte with varying degrees of success, and am preparing to make another as I moved to Florida.
Even in the years when the garden is not the best, it still produces. During good years, it produces tons of products, much more than I can handle.
I invest maybe $15 in seeds per year and get a lot, more than $50 in her garden products, even in the bad years.
In good years, she gets hundreds of dollars in products, considering that she often exchange the excess with neighbors and friends. You turn your time into a lower food bill.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #9: CARS
Car dealers are famous for charging too much and for being scrupulous. If you know the details of your own car and can diagnose and solve problems yourself, you will end up saving a lot of money.
The auto shops charge a large amount of money for parts and labor, which covers the resulting invoice. In addition, you may be charged for repairs that are not even necessary in the first place. It is definitely a money saving to know how to work on cars yourself.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #10: COMPUTATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
If you are good with computers and have an interest in technology, you will never have to take your hardware to the store to repair it.
As in the automotive industry, repairing or upgrading your computer can cost an unreasonable amount of money by charging so much for parts and labor.
If you know how to repair and upgrade your own computer, you will know where the best places to buy hardware and, of course, the workforce is free.
Being good with computers and technology can also keep you safe online. If you are a new computer expert, you are less likely to fall for online scams and phishing schemes that can steal your identity and your savings /checking’s
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #11: TUTOR
Are you academically intelligent? Thought about tutoring of elementary, secondary or university students?
Depending on your level of experience, hourly rates start at $ 10 per hour, but you may be able to earn up to $ 100 per hour.
You can search for local ads for tutors or join an online site like Tutor.com to connect with local students.
Other sites to consider include StudyPool or Chegg that are more oriented to online tutoring.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #11: SEWING
Knowing how to sew a button or fix a small tear in a garment allows you to greatly extend the life of that garment, and doing so means that you have less need to go to the store to buy more clothes.
If you are talented at that, you can do things like buttoning your pants or modifying your clothes or even making your own clothes.
Every little sewing skill helps, and it’s even better if you have someone in the family who also enjoys sewing.
It can be really good to repair clothes that are in bad shape, The best part? You are converting your time into lower clothing bills.
This allows you to convert some thread into an incredible item, spending perhaps $ 10 or $ 15 on something that would cost a lot, much more in the store. You turn your time into lower gift accounts.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #13: PRESERVING THE FOOD
Food preservation is a small hobby that allows you to convert the extra food you have on hand into items that can be stored long-term and used later.
There are many strategies: canning, freezing, and drying are among the most common.
Actually, it’s a very nice process if you get into it. It is fun to take out a colander to turn a pile of tomatoes into tomato sauce or apples into applesauce, then put them in jars to store them later.
I also like to freeze many vegetables in one-liter containers or freezer bags for later use.
Most of the containers I use are reusable, so there is not much cost in terms of materials. It allows me to convert excess food that could be wasted into something I am happy to have later.
Basically, it converts our free time into future savings on our food bills.
HOBBY TO SAVE MONEY #14: PHOTOGRAPHY
One of my relatives is passionate about photography. While you can expect this to be a fairly expensive hobby (and it is, especially at the beginning), you actually save a lot of money with it.
To begin with, instead of your family using a professional photographer or a portrait studio, you take the photos yourself and, configure the lighting and framing and other elements. This means that the cost of your family’s picture is zero.
I intend to open an Etsy store. I just bought a Camera five days ago for my product photography. Instead of hiring a photographer to take the Pictures, I am doing it herself.
In addition, I can help with other photography services to friends for weddings.
Your fondness for photography, in the end, saves you substantial money in photography.
The good thing about each of these hobbies is that they can be very interesting on their own, even without the financial benefits.
Personally, I enjoy many of these hobbies and will continue to do them even if they are a “balanced” pastime or even one that costs a little money, simply because I enjoy doing it.
I enjoy what I feel when I prepare a batch of homemade sauerkraut or make an unusual dinner for my family or start a bonfire or change the oil in a car.
There are many things that I now enjoy doing that seemed miserable when I thought about them and only through the commitment to try new things I was able to often break the initial resistance and get to appreciate new things.
Now, I actually find myself with more hobbies than I possibly have time for, which is a good thing. I do not remember what it feels like to be bored!
Find a hobby and stick to it. Whether it’s a frugal hobby or an occasional activity that can blossom into a frugal hobby or pastime that actually offers you tangible financial savings, there’s something for you that can add a little flavor to your life.
Try something new; you will not regret it.