When you’re tight on cash, the first thing you usually do is give up on the things that you enjoy the most – your hobbies. But what if you didn’t have to? If you’re open to these suggestions, you might just find a new passion that you can carry on doing despite any circumstances.
Have you ever googled a ‘How to…’? If you have, you know there’s a whole world of do-it-yourselfers out there not afraid to get their hands dirty and show others how to do it too. Start by fixing something around the house and before you know it, you’ll be making hand-made presents to friends and family. Check out some ideas here.
2. Go camping
Contrary to popular opinion, camping doesn’t have to cost much – that is, if you don’t insist on renting a caravan, buying the most expensive gear you can find and stacking up on two weeks of food for a weekend trip. All you need is a tent, some snacks and drinks and good company. If you don’t live near a forest, split the fuel costs to drive out of the city between friends and a wonderful weekend is guaranteed.
3. Watch online documentaries
YouTube offers a great variety of documentaries on any given subject. History, nature, biographies and cultures are all represented. Just push play.
4. Learn computer programming
Have you heard you can learn to code on the internet completely free? You must have. It’s all over the place! There are so many new doors knowing a bit of tech could open for you, so why not check out the free online courses at MIT, Codecademy or Google to get you started. What can be better than a free education moving you up on the career ladder?
5. Learn how to cook
Learning to cook can not only contribute to your wellbeing, but can also help you significantly reduce food costs. They say that an average worker in the UK spends around £7.81 a day or just under £2,000 a year buying lunch, whereas somebody who brings their own lunch to work spends only £1.50 or around £380 a year. Are you motivated yet?
6. Go to free community events
There is a sea of possibilities when it comes to meet-ups and groups in any given subject. Just check meetup.com for free community happenings in your area. Whether you’re interested in business, technology, lifestyle or paranormal activities – there’s something for every taste; and possibly even free food.
Writing is known to have tremendous benefits for clearing your mind, coming up with new ideas and can even reduce stress levels and depressive symptoms. Blogging on a subject you are passionate about could even get you that dream job you’ve always wanted.
Yoga is one of those sports you can easily do from the comfort of your home, and again, the great world wide web is there to help. Once you have the basics down, you can take to YouTube to start mastering some positions. It’s low-cost, and it’s good for you.