11 Hobbies that are Low Cost to Start

11 Hobbies that are Low Cost to Start

With the weather getting cooler soon, you may be thinking, “I need a hobby!” One reason many people do not start a hobby is because they don’t have much money to get one going. If you can make the time, there are some great hobbies to get started on that don’t have huge start-up costs and can enrich your life. You may even find you have some great talents you never knew you had!

Most of the hobbies listed below can be started for as low as free and many of them have a startup of less than $50.00.

Here are 11 hobbies that don’t cost much to get going:

1. Blogging. Yes, you are reading a blog and this may be obvious, but blogging is a great hobby to start because it can be so much more than just writing out posts and adding pictures. You can network and make friends and the best part is, blogging can be as cheap as free. Just start with a free platform such as wordpress or blogger or even tumblr. Paid options can be as low as $10 a year for the domain and $3 per month for hosting.

2. Creating recipes. This is a great hobby for the creative chef in you. What’s great about this hobby is you can do it when you have some extra cash and often, you can do it with just things you have in your kitchen right now.

3. Collecting Anything. Collecting can be as simple and cheap as state quarters to something more elaborate and expensive such as vintage photographs. Just hunt online for the proper ways to save and store your new collectables.

4. Running. You may want to get some special equipment as you get more involved in this hobby, but all you need to start is some energy and a pair of runners. Add an ipod and you are good to go.

5. Go “freecycling”. Freecycle.org is a website where you meet and swap your stuff with others in your community. This one is free to do and all you need it access to a computer and the internet. It’s a great way to get rid of things you no longer need and find some treasures for yourself!

6. Canning. While you have to invest in the jars, lids and supplies for this one, you are also saving money canning. I have even seen start up kits as low as $8.00. Think of all the things you could can; apple butter, soups, sauces and even make your own pickles!

7. Couponing. This is not only free to start (other than the cost of a newspaper for instance), but will possibly make you money in the long run. There are a ton of places to learn to coupon, including blogs.

8. Photography: You don’t need a professional setup at first. Just a simple camera will work while you learn about angles, lighting etc.

9. Coloring. Hear me out! While you may think this is a kid’s playtime activity, you may be surprised to know there are a ton of free pintables online for elaborate adult level coloring pages. All you need is a medium. Try colored pencils, chalk or even oil pastels. You may even decide to get real fancy and frame your favorite ones and give them as gifts.

10. Cake Decorating: You don’t even have to be a star baker. You can buy a simple foam piece that you decorate like a cake over and over to practice your techniques. There’s a ton of free video tutorials online as well as step-by-step picture instructions.

11. Crocheting: For the cost of a couple hooks and yarn, you can start this one on the cheap. To find out how to do this, look for books at thrift stores or even online videos.

Comments

  1. Love these ideas! I pinned it for later!

  2. I love that blogging is #1 :)

  3. Couponing is a great one. Not only is it cheap to start and fun, but it can save you a ton of money!

  4. I love to crochet though it has been a while and not so great at cake decorating LOL.

  5. I’m thinking of starting running this fall!!

  6. I sort of turned my hobbies into a job. The next blogging project I’m planning will combine 3 of my primary interests, hopefully seamlessly.

  7. I love all these ideas!

  8. These are some great idea. I’m getting more and more into photography, there’s just so much to learn it’s almost overwhelming.

  9. I really want to get started canning; the other ideas sound fun too!

  10. Great list, I need to learn how to crotchet and how to decorate a cake.

  11. A lot of these sound really fun! I wish I had more time in the day.

  12. Canning is something I want to learn more about. Great list!

  13. And I’m blogging!! woohooo!!

  14. What a great list. I must say that running was cheap for me to start… but has gotten very expensive over time with all of the special equipment… and more recently, the MRIs and aircast boot for my tibial stress fracture. ;}

    If you are going to start running, it really is critical to have good shoes. Go to a running store where they can analyze your gait and make sure you get the right shoes!!! They will be pricey, but … better safe than sorry.

    As for me, maybe I will take up crochet now that I will be sitting for a while. :)

  15. I collect star wars and disney stuff. It’s my hobby but unfortunately it’s costly.

  16. blogging was a great low cost start up for me but it has definitely become a cost for us. but gotta spend money to make money!

  17. All are great hobbies, but blogging is my favorite. ;)

  18. Blogging is definitely my favorite hobby. :)

  19. Love that blogging is on your list. It definitely is a great low cost hobby that can actually make you money!

  20. Great ideas, I can always use a new hobby as a stay at home mom!! I have recently been getting into blogging but it just seems everyone has a blog these days, not that that is bad but why bother I guess lol. :) lol, some interesting ideas here though thanks!

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