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7 Cheap Hobbies to Take Up in the New Year

New Year’s Eve prompts millions of people to think about what matters most to them and how they spend their time. If you’d like to enrich your life in the new year, you might consider taking up a new hobby. Here are a few ideas for new hobbies to try that will still help you stick to your New Year’s resolution to spend less and save more.

1. Hiking or Walking

The great outdoors is one of the best places to exercise and be entertained. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV or jogging endlessly on a treadmill, get outside and enjoy a little good old-fashioned exercise by with a brisk walk or hike. Whether you’re simply strolling along the sidewalks in your neighborhood or taking to a local trail to get active, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny to take up this new hobby. Plus, you’ll get to improve your health and enjoy the amazing health benefits of spending more time outdoors.

2. Drawing

Have you always wanted to be more artistic? Let your creative side run wild by taking up drawing. This is a super-inexpensive art hobby that you can enjoy anywhere, anytime. Use scrap paper or buy an inexpensive sketchbook and start doodling away. If you need a little direction, there are plenty of free tutorials on sites like YouTube to help get you started. You may also be able to find free or inexpensive classes near you at libraries, art studios or art supply stores. This is a cheap hobby that can provide endless hours of entertainment and, if you develop your talent a bit, can even lead you to create lovely works of art for your home or to give as gifts to friends and family.

3. Reading

Library cards are free, yet so many of us end up purchasing expensive books from bookstores. This year, resolve to start reading more from the library so you can enjoy this hobby at no cost to you. One way to jumpstart you interest in this hobby is to try reading certain books, whether that’s various biographies and memoirs or a few books by the same author. You can also try joining a book club to get even more out of your reading experience.

4. Blogging

If you love to write or journal, consider starting a blog this year. It’s a great way to enjoy an outlet for your thoughts or your creative writing. There are plenty of online platforms that allow you to create a site of your own for free. You don’t have to be a tech expert to do it, either; sites like Blogger, Weebly and Tumblr allow you to set up a site in seconds. If you’re successful, you may even be able to make money off your blog.

5. Geocaching

Those looking for a little adventure in their life should try geocaching as their new hobby. It’s challenging, fun and best of all, free. Just download a free geocaching app to your phone and select a geocache near you. Then, set off to hunt for your “treasure.” This is a fun activity you can enjoy alone or with friends and family. It will also allow you to explore the area where you live and maybe discover some places you never about before.

6. Gardening

Depending on where you live, you may have to wait for the weather to warm up a bit before you try your hand at gardening. But with seeds being so inexpensive, this is a very budget-friendly hobby to take on. It can actually save you money in the long run if you decide to plant produce that you can eat. Flowers are also worth planting since they can improve your home’s curb appeal and be used as decoration in your home. If you’re a complete beginner when it comes to gardening, look for free or inexpensive local classes, visit the library for resources you can borrow and read up about gardening online.

7. Bird Watching

If you’ve always been fascinated by nature, consider trying bird watching. Those who are beginners should read up online and at the library to learn more about this hobby. Another great idea is to look for local meetup groups who go on bird-watching outings. Tagging along can be a great way to learn more about this fun activity, and the only equipment you may need is a decent pair of binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens.

Finding a new hobby doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a fun, entertaining and educational activity without shelling out much cash at all. Expand your horizons, learn something new and step out of your comfort zone this year with any of these affordable hobby ideas.

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