• [Article 70]45 Manly Hobbies

    Back in the day, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests, an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in one’s career. Unfortunately, we now often spend our leisure time camped out in front of the TV or computer. We say that modern life has become too stressful, that when we have free time, laying on the couch is all we can manage.

    The truth is that spending our leisure time in satisfying pursuits, “fun work,” will refresh us far more than a non-stop marathon of playing Call of Duty. Hobbies can bring you joy, increase your eye for detail, keep your mind sharp, expand your creativity, and help you meet friends and learn valuable skills. They add interest to your life and help you become a more well-rounded man. If you’ve been feeling depressed, restless, or apathetic, the problem may be the lack of having something in your life you feel passionate about, something that brings you needed fulfillment.

    We’ve gotten several requests to put together a list of manly hobbies, and we decided that the start of the new year would be a good time to publish such a list. Many of you are thinking about what you’d like to accomplish this year. How about putting “start a new hobby” on your resolution list? Here are 45 hobby ideas; hopefully one will stick out and grab you. But of course there are many more out there as well.

    Almost every hobby listed has a corresponding Group in the Art of Manliness Community. So if you have questions about how to get started in the hobby or if you’re already involved and what to talk shop with other enthusiasts, be sure to join in the conversations going on there.

    Note: When we talk about “manly” hobbies, we’re defining manly in terms of activities with a manly history or traditions, activities that help you gain manly qualities or just make you feel manly, and activities that are generally enjoyed more often by men than women. If you’re favorite hobby isn’t on the list, don’t get your knickers in a knot. Rest assured, any hobby that you’re passionate about is manly.

    Chess

    Men have been playing chess for thousands of years in order to fine tune their concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and problem solving skills. AoM favorite Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay back in the 18th century entitled The Morals of Chess. In it Franklin argued that playing chess created “valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, [that] are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready for all occasions. For Life is a kind of Chess…” What better way to pass the time with a friend than to play a game that makes you a better man. If you don’t have anyone to play with, check out chess.com where you can play online. And be sure to join the AoM Community Chess Group.

    Ham Radio

     

    Looking to be a part of a tight knit community with a focus on radio and communication? Look no further than ham radio. While the internet has taken radio’s place as the dominant form of communication, a vibrant community of amateur radio enthusiasts still exists. Radio hobbyists enjoy communicating directly with people from all over the world while expanding their knowledge of radio theory. In addition, most ham radio operators provide a public service to their communities by acting as relays in the event of emergencies or natural disasters. Radio operation is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, so you’ll have to be licensed to use a radio. Licensing isn’t difficult at all. You just have to take a multiple choice test that covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory. And of course you’ll need the equipment. Buying new will set you back a pretty penny, but you can find good deals on used radio equipment on eBay. For more info about getting started with ham radio check out the National Association of Amateur Radio and stop by the AoM Community Group-The Manly Art of Amateur (Ham) Radio.

    Reading

    Men today just don’t read, but there couldn’t be a manlier hobby.  Theodore Roosevelt was a voracious reader and so were most of the great men of history. Reading allows you to connect with the great thinkers and writers of history and exposes you to new ideas, consequently making you a more intelligent and well-rounded man. If you have access to a library card, reading can actually be a completely free hobby. If you need some ideas on what to read, look no further than our awesome reading lists. And you can get even more suggestions on good books and also talk about the books you love in the AoM Community Book Group.

    Playing the Guitar

    Instead of spending your time playing fake guitar on Guitar Hero, learn how to play the real thing. It’s a skill that will provide you and those around you with years of enjoyment. Oh, and chicks like a guy that can play guitar. Personally, I’ve used my guitar skills to get myself out of the doghouse with Kate by serenading her. And later in life you can gather the family around for some awesome sing alongs. Learning to play any instrument is manly, of course, but guitars have the advantage of being relatively cheap and having an easier learning curve for beginners. There are tons of resources online that provide free guitar lessons. Be sure to stop by the aptly-named AoM Community Group: Guitar=Manly.

    Ballroom Dancing

    Your grandpa knew how to dance, so why not  harness your inner Fred Astaire by taking up ballroom dancing, too? Ballroom dancing can help increase your self-confidence, poise, and posture. It’s also a fun way to get some cardiovascular exercise in. And of course, ladies dig a gent who knows how to dance. Most cities have ballroom dancing studios. Just Google to find the ones near you and then go talk to the instructors to get a feel for their style and check on their credentials. Private classes go for around $50 a pop. If you’re married or have a girlfriend, ballroom dancing is a great date night activity. If you’re a bachelor, ballroom dancing is a great way to meet new women. Join other men with dancing feet in the AoM Ballroom Dancing Community Group.

    Woodworking

    I’ve always admired men who could take pieces of plain ol’ wood and shape them into something useful and beautiful. They’re the men who make their own Christmas presents instead of buying them and can proudly point to furniture in their house and say, “I made that.” You can be that man by taking up the wonderful hobby of woodworking. In addition to giving you a useful skill, many woodworking hobbyists report lower stress levels and increased patience. When you’re taking a chisel to a piece of wood, it’s easy to enter into a zen-like state. Many technical schools offer woodshop classes. Woodcraft stores also offer classes on woodworking basics for about $50 each. Interested? Be sure to join the AoM Woodworking Community Group.

    Gardening

    Perhaps one of the most powerful manly images in America is that of the yeoman farmer- he’s the self-reliant man who cultivates his own land to provide for his and his family’s needs. You don’t need a homesteading plot to start getting in touch with the land; a small square in your backyard will suffice. If you have a job that keeps you cooped up in an office all day with artificial light and stale recycled air, gardening is a great hobby to pursue in order to get some exercise, sunlight, and fresh air. As you watch your garden grow from seeds to plants, you’ll find yourself becoming more in tune with the seasons. When you harvest your small crop, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that beats any high score on a video game. And when you make your first meal with vegetables grown in your very own garden, you’ll feel a surge of manly pride. If you’re looking to get started with gardening, check out this informative and well written article by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly. And be sure to stop by the AoM Community Group: A Man’s Garden.

    Classic Car Restoration

    In days gone by, men would stay in their garages for hours at a time tinkering with their cars. As cars have become more sophisticated and reliant on computers, home mechanical work is going the way of the dodo bird. However, if you have an itch to become a grease monkey, you can always take up classic car restoration as a hobby. With classic car restoration you’ll learn a bit of engineering, improve your problem solving skills, and experience the sweet feeling of success when the engine you rebuilt purrs like a kitten. Car restoration is an expensive hobby to get into. Not only do you have to buy the car to restore, but you’ll need the tools, space, and custom parts to finish the job. However, the time and money can pay off as fully restored classic cars sell for a pretty penny (even though you probably won’t be willing to part with your baby). For more information about classic car restoration check out Second Chance Garage.

    Metalworking

    Metalworking has all the benefits of woodworking, except instead of the sweet smell of sawdust, you surround yourself with the delightfully noxious smell of burning metal. My brother-in-law picked up metalworking in high school, and it’s amazing the stuff he can make: cast iron headboards for that room your wife wants to decorate shabby chic, hanging pot plant holders, and garden archways are just a few of the things he can whip up. Your local vo-tech should offer classes on metalworking. Metalworking.com is a great place to find more info. They have alist of local clubs dedicated to metalworking.

    Marksmanship

    If hunting isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the pleasure of shooting a gun by taking up a shooting sport and becoming an expert marksman. Marksmanship requires pure concentration and a steady hand. Shooting clubs exist all over the country that emphasize different gun sports. Take your pick among clay pigeon shooting, hand gun and rifle shooting, and even Frontier and Cowboy shooting. Shooting can get expensive. Guns are expensive and the cost of ammo has gone up dramatically due to increased demand. You’ll also need to find a place to fire your weapon safely, so if you don’t have property to do it on, you’ll have to rent some time at a gun range.

    If you’re not sure about forking over the dough right away on a real gun, consider getting started with marksmanship with air guns. The basic principles and skills used with real guns are the same with air guns, except you can fire an air gun in your suburban backyard and a round of 100 air gun pellets cost just a dollar or two compared to the $10- $15 you have to drop for real ammo. Check out this informative article on using air guns as an alternative to getting involved with shooting sports (the article addresses the recoil factor).

    Collectin

    Collecting things is something a lot of men love and most women just don’t get. Females are multi-taskers, while the male brain likes to single-mindedly zero in on something. We tend to get obsessed with things. Take this tendency and couple it with man’s primordial desire for the hunt, and there you have a man’s love for collecting. A man can spend a lifetime looking for that final item to complete his collection. It becomes his obsession. His White Whale if you will. Of course, completing a collection is usually anti-climatic. In collecting, the thrill is in the chase. Pick your poison. Duck stamps, baseball cards, antique typewriters, whatever. Just don’t get too carried away with it.

    Camping/Backpackin

    Modern man is restless and unhappy because he’s lost touch with the great outdoors. Every man should seek to regularly connect with nature for the sake of both his physical and mental well-being. He needs to break away now and again and sleep out under the stars. Leave your cubicle behind and spend a few days breathing fresh air and sitting around a campfire. In this recession, camping is one of the most economical ways to “get away from it all.” It’s a great way to hone your outdoorsman skills, reconnect with your buddies, and get some alone time with your significant other. We’ve done some articles on camping tips and backpacking tips, and you can also join the Camping Group in the Community.

    Ship in a Bottle

    It’s the classic old man hobby: putting intricate model ships in a glass bottle. Amaze kids with your ship in a bottle displays! They’ll spend the rest of their childhood trying to figure out exactly how you did it. Placing a ship in a bottle (or impossible bottle) is a task that takes dedicated focus, patience, and a steady hand. You usually build the model ship on the outside of the bottle with the mast down. After you insert the ship into the bottle, you raise the mast with a pair of long forceps. In addition to placing ships into bottles, you can create impossible bottles with other objects like a deck of cards or tennis balls. Find out more about impossible bottles here.

    Hunting

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    For millennia, a man’s role in his family was to provide. For most of human history this was done through tracking down and killing wild animals. The hunt was a way that many cultures and tribes initiated boys into manhood and provided men with an opportunity to bond and connect in a completely male setting. Fast forward to today. The way most men get their meat is wrapped in a piece of paper that says “Big Mac” or packaged in plastic at the grocery store.  And usually the meat is injected with hormones and antibiotics. There’s a huge disconnect between man, his food, and nature.

    If you’d like to reconnect with the “Circle of Life,” it’s high time you go on a hunt. The benefits of hunting are innumerable, but here’s just a few. First, it gives you a chance to give you and your family a source of quality lean meat free from the antibiotics, hormones (and even ammonia!) that lurk in most factory farmed meat. Second, it gives you a chance to get back in touch with nature. Third, you’ll be supporting wildlife conservation as your dollars spent on hunting licenses and equipment goes to fund state wildlife agencies. And fourth, even if you don’t kill anything, hunting provides an opportunity for male bonding and friendships which is an important part of your overall happiness.

    Fishing

    Maybe the idea of killing a deer or bear isn’t your thing. You can still enjoy the benefits of providing your own food and getting outside with fishing. Fishing is an iconic man hobby. It’s a great way for friends to bond (See Grumpy Old Men) and father and sons to spend time with each other (See Andy Griffith). It doesn’t cost too much to get started with fishing. A decent pole and reel will set you back about fifty bones and lures and bait are just a few dollars. Every state in the U.S. requires fishers to get a fishing license before they drop their line into the water. Check your state’s game and fish department for costs of licenses and information on the best fishing spots.

    Whittling

    What if you want to start working with wood, but don’t have the money to get into real woodworking quite yet? Try whittling. All you need is a knife, a piece of soft wood, a rocking chair, a corn cob pipe, and most importantly, plenty of time. Whittling is one of those activities that can really help you relax and settle your mind after a hard day’s work. Stop by the library and pick up a book on whittling. You’ll find plenty of ideas and plans to help get you started.

    Geocaching

    Never grew out of your love for the game of hide and seek? Always wanted to go on a treasure hunt? Then the hobby of geocaching may be for you. People around the world hide objects or containers in all sorts of places and post the coordinates for the location online. People then go out with their GPS devices, seeking these well-hidden “treasures.” It’s a great way to get out of the house and explore parts of your town and area that you’ve never been to. For more info on geocaching and to find a list of geocaches in your area, go to geocaching.com.

    Sports

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    Every man, whether nerd or meathead, should have some sort of physical activity in his life. The dichotomy between brains and brawn has always been a false one. Physical activity boosts your testosterone level (which men today really need since our T levels have been slowly dropping), keeps you healthy and in shape, staves off depression, and soothes your stress. Sports where a man’s competitive spirit can find outlet are particularly beneficial to one’s manliness. Tape part in pick-up games of football, basketball or soccer in your hometown, or form your own. I started playing weekly games of ultimate frisbee this year and absolutely love it. But solo activities-weight-lifting, running, bouldering-also have a lot of merit and allow you to space to think and get right with yourself. It doesn’t matter what the activity is as long as it gets the blood pumping and heart racing.

    Model Building

    Model building-building replicas of cars, planes, and ships-might have been something you enjoyed as a boy. But there’s no reason not to take up the hobby as a grown man. Model building helps you hone your eye for detail and will inspire you to learn more about the history of the things that you’re working on. Plus, you’ll end up with something cool to put in your office or man cave. Community Member Paul wrote up a great post about scale airplane modeling that is chock full of great tips and information.

    Leatherworking

    The smell of leather always brings out the frontiersman in a man; the part of him who loved the stories of Davy Crockett as a boy. Leatherworking is a great way to get in touch with your inner-cowboy and learn an uber-manly craft. A skilled leatherworker can make a variety of manly goods- wallets, leather pouches, belts, gun holsters, and saddles to name a few. The downside? This can be a pretty expensive hobby. You’ll need all sorts of special tools to really make a go of it. To get started, try buying a starter kit from the Tandy Leather Factory. They include everything you need to make small stuff like a wallet and key fob. That way you can gauge your interest before plunking down big time cash to get into bigger projects. Be sure to read this thread in the Community for more info and join the Leatherworkers Group.

    Bowling

    Fred Flintstone, Homer Simpson, Ralph Kramden, and the Dude. What do these iconic TV and movie men have in common? They bowled. During the 1950s, men flocked to bowling alleys to join league teams. It was a way for men to spend some time with other men, drink some beer, and smoke a cigar. The bowling alley became a refuge of masculinity in homes that were feminized by the constant presence of the stay-at-home mom. What’s great about bowling is that it’s a hobby you can share with your buds. Plus, it gives you an excuse to wear a kick ass, manly bowling shirt. So call up your buddies and put a team together.

    Archery

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    While guns almost completely supplanted the bow and arrow in both hunting and self-protection, sometimes going back to the old ways can bring great satisfaction. A gun is to a sledge hammer as a bow and arrow is to a paintbrush. Archery allows you to connect with one of the most primitive of weapons; it works entirely on manpower. It’s the kind of quiet, repetitive, focused activity that can truly settle your mind. While the bow and arrow is rarely used for hunting anymore (although that’s certainly an option), great satisfaction can be found in target shooting, in training your skills to the point where you can hit an apple off someone’s head (metaphorically speaking, of course). Simple, beginner bows can be had for relatively cheap, so it’s a hobby you can start trying right away in your backyard (makes sure it’s a safe area!) There are also archery parks like this one, where 3-d targets that look like animals are scattered in the woods. Cool.

    Letter Writing

    We’ve discussed the benefits of rediscovering the lost art of letter writing before, so suffice it to say that writing letters in your spare time can be a very satisfying hobby. You can get into the cool tools of letter writing like fine stationery and fountain pens. Fire off a bunch of letters to friends and family. At least one will write you back and you can begin a lifetime correspondence with them. Or make your letter writing really count by using a program like Pen Pals for Soldiers. Soldiers love to receive mail, so take the time to write these brave men an encouraging note. Also take a look at something like the Bridge of Hope Nursing Home Pen Pal Program. Give a lonely senior citizen something to look forward to in their mail slot.

    Martial Arts

    There are a myriad of benefits to learning a martial art: gaining self-defense skills, building your discipline and focus, increasing your health, connecting with a manly tradition, and giving thewarrior side of yourself an outlet. There are a ton of different martial arts out there-choosing one will come down to what you are personally looking for. Do a lot of research and shopping around to find the discipline and instructor that’s right for you. You may wish to go the MMA route and learn how to incorporate  a variety of techniques into your fighting repertoire. And of course, boxing comes highly recommended. You can join with other martial artists in the AoM Community.

    Hiking

    Nothing beats a long hike to relax, get some fresh air, and rejuvenate your man spirit. What’s great about hiking is that in most cases it’s completely free. All you need is a pair of sturdy shoes or boots and a place to walk, be it some fields behind your house or a trail in a state park. Check out trails.com to find a hiking trail near you. There are always trails where you live, even in the flattest states-I should know- I’m from Oklahoma. You might just have to drive a little to get there.

    Alcohol/Cigar/Pipe Smoking Connoisseur

    You can walk into the store and grab whatever whisky you recognize or is cheapest. Or can you can become a bonafide whisky connoisseur, understanding why one whisky differs from another, where each brand comes from, and which you truly like. Things like whisky, beer, wine, cigars and pipe tobacco, can be things in which you become a true expert, a man who understands the subtleties that make each brand, each vintage unique. Not only can this heighten your pleasure in consuming such things, it can also help you meet others who share a similar interest and make you a desirable friend, the man who can mix the perfect martini and share his tips on the best cigar. Pick the thing that most calls to you and start reading books and blogs about it. Go down to the local tobacco shop and have the tobaccoist show you the ropes. And of course you need hands on study! Sip and smoke until you find the gems that leave you relaxed and smiling at the end of the day.

    Photography

    If you’ve always wanted to pick up an art, but don’t have the painter’s touch, try photography. With digital cameras and digital editing software becoming cheaper, photography as a hobby is more popular and accessible than ever. One benefit of photography as a hobby is that you can combine other interests with it. Love the outdoors? Snap some nature photos while on your hike. Are you an aficionado of classic diners? Take a picture of every diner you visit. A vibrant community of photographers exists online and many photo hobbyists have free sites dedicated to teaching photography. Check out Digital Photography School and Strobist to find out more info on how to get started with this hobby. And be sure to join the friendly and welcoming AoM PhotoGroup

    Pool/Billiards

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    Every time I watch the The Hustler, I get the urge to walk into a smokey pool hall and become the master of the cue stick. Pool and billiards combines strategy, geometry, and oftentimes psychology in order to win. It’s also a great way to spend time and shoot the bull with your friends. If you can’t convince your wife that the game room won’t be complete without a pool table, try hitting up a pool hall or bowling alley to get your game on. A game costs a couple of bucks, more if you get hustled.

    Mountaineering

    If you’re into camping and hiking and are looking for a new challenge in the great outdoors, then look no further than mountaineering. Mountaineers, well, climb mountains. Why? Because it’s there of course! There are few things as satisfying in life as getting to the peak after a grueling climb, gazing out to a breathtaking view, and knowing that you just conquered the mountain. For some mountaineering tips, check out this good article by Adam Cook.

    Cooking

    We’ve said it again and again; every man should know how to cook. The benefits of knowing your way around a kitchen are legion-it gives you independence (no more relying on others to feed you), it saves you money over having to go out to eat or buy pre-packaged foods, it impresses the ladies, it helps you stay healthy (ever read the nutrition information for fast food?), and it’s just plain enjoyable. You’ve got to eat a few times every single dang day, so you might as well get some pleasure out of it. Plus it’s a cheap and accessible hobby to take up. You can get fancier foods and tools down the road, but with the basics already in your kitchen, some groceries, and a few cookbooks, you can send your HungryMan dinners packing.

    Blacksmithing

    If you think blacksmithing went extinct along with the horse and buggy, you’d be wrong. While very few men make their living these days by being a blacksmith, there are men who enjoy this craft as a hobby. For the cost of buying a nice camera to get into photography, you can take up this classic, manly and tradition-rich pursuit. Soon you’ll be building a fire in your forge and hammering away at a glowing piece of iron on your trusty anvil, just like Vulcan himself. See if a local blacksmith offers classes, as some do. Also check out this site for more info on what to expect from a class and this site to read about the experience of a middle-aged electrical engineer who took up blacksmithing as a hobby.

    Flying

    Some of history’s manliest men were those who conquered the skies- men like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Wiley Post. You may not be setting any records, but you can still soar like an eagle. Of course, the biggest obstacle to taking up flying as a hobby is the cost. It’s expensive. Pilot lessons can run a couple thousand dollars and licensing is a few hundred. On top of that, you’ll need a plane. Some men combine their love of mechanical work with flying by building their own prop plane. But even so, you’ll need a place to store it, so you’ll probably have to pay a monthly rental feed for that as well. Despite the cost, many amateur pilots I know say it’s completely worth it just to feel that sense of pure freedom up in the air.

    Magic

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    Every man should know at least a couple of good magic tricks to impress friends, woo ladies, and delight children. There are few hobbies as fun of the practice of magic; the pay off of having people beg you to reveal the secret will leave you with a lasting grin. Practicing a trick over and over again to make it absolutely smooth and seamless is the kind of work that doesn’t feel like work. And every man knows that the only kind of shopping that is fun is that which is done in a magic store. Finally, magic can become a new hobby for very cheap; all you really need to start is a good book of magic tricks and a deck of cards (a magic deck of cards never hurts either). You can keep working your way up to more and more complex tricks until you’re sawing your mother-in-law in half in the living room.

    Learning a Foreign Language

    There are few hobbies as unarguably useful as learning a foreign language. How many times have you been in a situation where you wished you could communicate with a server/student/parent/victim, but could not. And how much did you wish you could speak the native language the last time you traveled abroad? Learning a foreign language can be pretty difficult, but when you really think about it, the ability to speak two entirely different languages is pretty dang cool. Community colleges always offer language courses for a good price, or you can try an at-home method like Rosetta Stone. The key is to continually practice or you’ll never get better and retain what you’ve learned. Some libraries host weekly get togethers where people can come and practice speaking a foreign language with others. Watching movies and television and listening to music in the language you’re studying helps too.

    Card Playing

    From cribbage to poker to hearts, men like to play cards. The perfect social setting card playing creates-low key and relaxed but coupled with friendly competition-allows men to talk and hang out without it being forced. Get some cigars, have some guys over, and play for all the chips.

    Blogging

    Writing is a manly hobby in and of itself, of course. But blogging offers its own interesting twist on this timeless activity. A blog can be an outlet for sharing something you’re passionate and knowledgeable about with other people. You can meet people from all over the world that share your interest, and you can start great discussions and online friendships in that way. Or you can use your blog to update friends and family on the goings on in your life (moms love their kids’ blogs). Or you can use your blog as your personal journal, a permanent treasure trove of musings and photographs that you can look back on in the years to come. You can also use your blog to boost your professional career, network, and build your personal brand. No matter what reason you start a blog, it can also teach you a bit more tech savvy- how to upload pictures and videos, web design, online marketing and so on. It’s the kind of thing you may not understand the appeal of before you start, but becomes addicting  once you get into it.

    Paintball

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    Remember when you were a kid and you’d play war with your friends with imaginary grenades, bazookas, and bullets? Well, now that you’re a “big boy” you can play war, but this time with the experience of getting shot at with 100 mph paintballs. Trust me-it definitely adds to the excitement factor. Paintballing isn’t too expensive. For about $30 you can rent a gun, CO2 cartridge, safety mask, and enough ammo to last you most of the day at a paintball course. If you really get into paintballing you can always buy your own equipment and just pay for the cost of using a facility

    Fencing

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    En garde! What do The Three Musketeers, Zorro, and Luke Skywalker have in common? Mad sword fighting skills, of course. A sport that has been around since ancient Greek and Roman times, this is a true gentleman’s pursuit. Take part in a tradition that the knights and lords of old were schooled in, a last vestige of proper dueling. Gain balance, coordination, flexibility and focus as you learn the ancient art of parrying with an opponent. There are three different types of weapons used in fencing-the foil, the sabre, and the épée. Each has a different weight and is used in conjunction with different rules. Do some research on what fencing is really like and watch a video of a match to understand what you are getting into; it is different than the movie version with the continual clashing of swords; much of it consists of bouncing around, carefully looking for an opening and an opportunity to thrust at the opponent.

    Beer Brewing

    It’s Saturday morning. Your favorite team is playing on College Game Day and you’ve invited your friends over. What sort of beverage will you provide? Sure, you could go to the grocery store and pick up a 12 pack of Miller High Life, but wouldn’t it be cooler, nay, even manlier, to offer a cold one that you brewed yourself? Well, you can once you get started with beer brewing as a hobby. Getting started with home brewing is cheap and easy. Trent at The Simple Dollar provides a step-by-step photo walk-through and cost breakdown of brewing your own beer. For $35 worth of ingredients and equipment Trent was able to brew seven six packs of beer. Not too shabby. Once you get familiar with the brewing process, you can start experimenting with the flavor of the beer and make your own limited edition beer that you can give as gifts to friends.

    Drawing and Painting

    Winston Churchill was an avid painter. He would spend hours in his garden or indoor studio painting while smoking his cigar. It was his way of keeping the black dog of depression at bay. He understood the healthy affect having a creative outlet can have on a man. Many men give up on art because they feel they have no inherent talent for it; this may be so, but classes and practice can make you a lot better. Drawing is the most accessible art to try. A few art pencils and a moleskine will keep you busy. Painting requires a bit more set up and cost depending on the type of painting you want to do. Watercolor painting is cheaper (and easier to clean up) than oil painting. Most hobby and art stores provide drawing and painting classes. If you’re too cheap for that, you can always watch the man with the greatest white-man fro in history, Mr. Bob Ross. He’ll teach you the Joys of Painting. That’s a happy little tree…

    Amateur Astronomy

    Space. The final frontier. While you might not be able to actually visit space, you can still get caught up in its awe and majesty right from your backyard. You’d be surprised what sorts of things you can see in space with a small telescope or even a pair of high powered binoculars. If you really want to see deep into space, you’ll need to get a high powered telescope which of course will set you back a thousand dollars or so. But the payoff may come when you spot something in your backyard observatory that even the big dogs at NASA haven’t caught;amateur astronomers have made several big discoveries. And remember that astronomy is more than just looking in a telescope; it’s also learning as much as you can about our wondrous universe from books, shows, and lectures.

    Genealogy

    Genealogy is a funny thing. It’s the kind of hobby that seems really boring from the outside. But once you get into it, it can totally grab hold of you and become something you love. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but how do you know what kind of apple you are, if you don’t know from whence you fell? Every man should know and understand his roots. You’ll understand more about why you are the way you are, and why your parents are the way they are and their parents and so on. You’ll come to a greater appreciation of the people who made your existence possible. Once you start building your family tree, you’ll be amazed at the long lines that lead to you. You’re not just an isolated man; you come from a very real lineage, and your ancestors are all a part of you in some way. Start building your family tree by talking to relatives that may have already started on it and by searching free sites like Family Search.

    Adventure Races

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    Looking for a bigger challenge than running a 5k? Has doing a marathon become too cliche? Check out the world of adventure racing. Adventure races last all day and incorporate a variety of activities; you may have to run/hike for 10 miles, paddle a kayak down a river for 10 miles, and then mountain bike through a forest for 20 miles. And along the way you have to stop at checkpoints which can only be found by using a map and a compass. Physical activity+the great outdoors+orienteering=very manly. Check out the United States Adventure Racing Associationto find an event in your area.

    Knitting

    Knitting? Knitting?! The thing that your grandma adores and your great aunt uses to make you a scarf for Christmas? Yes, knitting. Far from the sissy activity that many think it to be, men invented knitting, and it’s time we reclaim our place in its history. Men were the first professional knitters, plying their trade in Europe during the 16th century. And sailors were the other original knitters. They would make fishing nets and sweaters to keep them warm.  These days, knitting for men is making a comeback; it’s both useful and relaxing. My good friend Cameron learned to knit while on a mission in Bolivia ,and he was the only man in the knitting club at law school. And his manliness is unassailable. Be sure to watch this video about knitting and men and join your knitting brothers at Men Who Knit.

    Computer Programming

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    What ham radio was in the 1950s, computer programming is today. While women are making advances in the area, coding has traditionally been a male pastime. Many men have made computer programming their living, but there are millions more who have day jobs but pound out code in their spare time just for kicks and giggles. These are the people who make silly online games, useful open source apps, and cool web projects. There’s a variety of code languages you can learn. Personally, I’m fond of web programming and have found W3Schools a great resource to learn PHP, SQL, and CSS completely for free.

    Inspired to take up a new hobby? Remember, starting out is always the fun and exciting part. But getting good is never as easy as you think it will be. You’re going to hit bumps in the road. Don’t make your new hobby another things you drop by the wayside and let gather dust in your closet. Good luck!

    What are some more manly hobbies? What’s your favorite hobby? What hobby do you want to explore? If you’re already experienced with one of the hobbies on this list, please offer your tips for those men who are just starting out. What things do they need to know? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

     

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  • [Article 71]100 MINIMALIST HOBBIES!

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    Although many of these hobbies can be as complex and expensive as you want them to be, they all start out simple, frugal, and time-friendly. Keeping in mind the 3 rules mentioned above, I’ve constructed this list of simple, inexpensive, time-friendly, minimalist hobbies:

    1. Hand-line Fishing: Line+Hook+Bait/Lure=A great time fishing. Very Minimalist – Learn how to set up a simple handline rig!

    2. Writing: You don’t need anything to write something  short in your head. Pen and paper is very cheap, and who knows, you may become the next Hemingway! Writing can be relaxing, exhilarating, furious, or serene. You can write for your own personal benefit, write to help others, or even do both. There’s a 101 different ways to write, and they’re all great. Find what works best for you and do it! Read “10 Ways Hemingway Was a Minimalist Writer | And You Can be too.” or 10 Tactics in Minimalist Writing | On Minimalism to learn more about writing.

    3. Playing Cards: There’s a lot of people – card sharks – that make their living playing Blackjack and Poker.

    4. Writing Haikus: Short and sweet. And annoyingly vague unless you’re really good at it. I haven’t yet, but I started learning how to in this post “On Writing Haiku | How to Write Haiku | It’s History and Purpose.”

    5. Reading: A hobby that increases your knowledge? Minimalism at it’s best. Read about reading: “5 Reasons You Should Read More” or “10 Reading Tips: How to Read More”.

    6. Drawing: Pencil and paper.

    7. Running: Good for your health, and all you need is good shoes. Some people don’t even need those.

    8. Shaving With a Straight Razor: Just like Grandaddy did. Slows you down, helps you focus on detail, eliminates razor burn (sometimes), and makes shaving an art.

    9. Yoga: Enlightening and healthy – simplifying your thought activity.

    10. Foraging: Picking blueberries, raspberries, apples, or whatever fruit is availible can be relaxing and enjoyable. If you really get into that sort of thing, research what plants in your back yard are edible and try them out!

    11. Iambic Pentameter: Write like Shakespeare did.

    12. Art Critiquing: Most art museums around me are free – I  probably spend about half my time squinting at abstract art and the half studying ancient art (that I can really enjoy).

    13. Flipping Websites: A hobby that can bring in some profit!

    14. Picking Locks: This hobby can come in handy in all sorts of situations, and it’s fun besides.

    15. Song Writing: Write a song, then sell it. Or sing it to your wife if it’s not too awful.

    16. Playing Guitar: You can find guitars for $50 on Craigslist, and learning to play is painful but rewarding, especially when you get good enough to compose your own music.

    17. Mixed Martial Arts: Learning discipline, building your cardio, and staying fit is rarely a bad idea.

    18. Playing Piano: Move over Mozart.

    19. Bird Watching: Bread crumbs+Birds=Birdwatching. Simple. Effective. Don’t get pooed on.

    20. Playing Bass: Primus owns the bass playing world and he’s clinically insane. Imagine what you could do!

    21. Running a Marathon: Painful but rewarding, from what I hear that is – after 4.5 years of running at 0500 every the morning, I avoid it like the plague. Rowing is my favorite cardio.

    22. Hunting: If you have a few guns lying around, you might as well use them for something good – surprise your wife with some quality game.

    23. Horseback Riding: This is a hobby that is only minimalist if you have horses to begin with.

    24. Archery: 1 bow and a few arrows is all you need.

    25. Setting Guinness World Records: I like to come up with world records no one’s thought of yet, like “the world’s longest staring contest with an orange juice carton”, or something dumb like that. Actually setting the record and getting it recorded would be semi impressive. Might even be fun.

    26. Making Homemade Lures: One of my favorite hobbies ever.

    27. Meditating: Steve Jobs style – Zen or go home they say (or do they…) Meditation is probably the most minimalist hobby on this list. More on meditation.

    28: Bar Fighting: Dumb. But cheap, as long as you stay sober!

    29. Playing Violin: Classy, serene, melodic, minimalist.

    30. Cage Fighting: One of the best ways to spend a weekend, whether you’re watching or competing.

    31. Whittling: Stick and knife. And a pipe for good measure. Whittling lures is one of my favorite pastimes.

    32. Climbing Trees: Juvenile. Immature. Still fun.

    33. Playing Ukelele: Aloha?

    34. Gardening: Throw some seeds on the dirt and voila. Does Zen Gardening count?

    35. Aquaponics Gardening: The modern version of aquaponics is fun, but the Mayan “floating gardens” method is more minimalist.

    36. Fishkeeping: It’s fun to watch the behavior of different breeds of fish, and the social structure they create.

    37. Hydroponics Gardening: Kind of like aquaponics but less natural.

    38. Street Performing: Like attention and want a little extra cash – give it go!

    39. Performing in a Garage Band: Some of the most famous bands started out in a garage. Could be you, who knows?

    40. Singing: In the rain… And in general. Apparently you can learn to sing. True story.

    41. Frog Hunting: Cajun frog legs taste like chicken – I’ve never heard a worse lie, they taste like fish mixed with chicken – which is a disgusting combo by the way. Maybe it wasn’t cooked right… Spear hunting for just about anything is fun – frog hunting is no exception.

    42. Bug-Collecting: Johnny Depp collects bugs, but that’s not overly surprising I suppose.

    43: Body Building: Can be done without the gym – I’m setting out to prove that. Here’s my first home workout.

    44. Martial Arts: Stop watching Kung Fu and DO IT.

    45. Knife Throwing: Very useful if you’re a ninja.

    46. BBQ: You need to eat anyway – There’s not much better than the smell of charred meat as you enjoy the great outdoors.

    47. Cultivating a Fishing Pond: This can be 4 hobbies combined into one: Fishkeeping, frog hunting, swimming, and fishing.

    48. Snorkeling: If you live near the ocean like I don’t, all you need is a snorkel and swimming goggles.

    49. Trapping: Trapping is an ancient art now reserved for mountain men and survivalists, but it’s something I like to try my hand at from time to time.

    50. Blogging: Is one of the best ways to learn and share what you learn. It’s great for many other things as well, and if you’re good enough, you can even make some money blogging for businesses or other organizations. More on blogging.

    51. Woodworking: I’ve never done this (not well anyway), but I’m pretty sure the tools you need to start out with are pretty minimal.

    52. Truffle Hunting: These are delicious and expensive – According to the National Truffle Hunting Society, the best truffle hunters traditionally used female pigs to track them down (truffles produce a scent that mimics a male pig sex hormone), but now dogs are replacing them because they’re more trainable and don’t eat the truffles.

    53. Flag Football: The less intense version of football. Still fun though.

    54. People Watching: You can’t get much more minimalist than people watching. Sure it sounds weird, but once you try it you’ll understand why this growing hobby is finally getting some recognition.

    55. Worm Farming: This is particularly useful if you fish, and particularly useless if you don’t. My 5 minute worm farm on YouTube.

    56. Ant Farming: Ants are amazing creatures, reminding us every day what it means to be diligent, and the importance of planning ahead. And it’s brilliant the way they cooperate and use teamwork. Observing the mystery of the ant colony can add an interesting philosophical dynamic to your life.

    57. Making Mini Ecosystems: Is this playing God or imitating? (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery).

    58. Data Visualizing: Do you use numbers to track your workouts, or your home budget? Use data visualizing tools on the internet to spice up that data and make it more interesting!

    59. Dog Training: Teaching your dog useful commands like “out” and “lay down” are essential, and fun tricks like “play dead” or “headbutt” (I’m still working on this one) are fun to impress people with. If you have a guard dog, Schutzhund training is highly impressive and extremely functional. Sarge, my rottweiler doing 8 impressive tricks on Youtube – Speaks, plays dead and more!

    60. Dog Sports: Weight pulling competitions, Disc dog, Flyball, Agility, Carting, Schutzhund, Coursing, Tracking, Obedience, Herding – the list goes on.My mountain dog and rottweiler playing on Youtube.

    61. Racing: This hobby has many meanings: Foot racing, sprints, marathons, coursing (if you’re a dog fan – see above^)

    62. Bottle-cap Collecting: El Anatsui, a Ghanian sculptor collects bottle caps and turns them into art – they’re actually kind of interesting.

    63. Kite Building: Simple and fun; minimalist! If you’re on the aggressive side, google “kite fighting”.

    64. Swimming: In your pool, or the pond, or the lake, a the creek. If you have access to the ocean I envy you.

    65. Boxing: Watch Snatch or Fight Club and tell me you don’t want to box.

    66. Football: Flag football’s big brother.

    67. Morel Mushroom Hunting: Kind of like truffle hunting but for morel mushrooms – also delicious and expensive.

    68. Basketball: A ball and a hoop. Minimalist sports are great.

    69. Baseball: A bat and a ball – another minimalist sport!

    70. Building Tiny Houses: Living minimalist in the most extreme sense.

    71. Writing Poetry: Haikus are probably the most minimalist of the styles, but they’re kind of like abstract art.

    72. Collecting Tattoos: They look cool, are painful, and they’re permanent. That sounded better in my head.

    73. Breeding Exotic Fish: And sell them to your local pet store. Another money making hobby: score.

    74. Raising a School of Piranha: Taking it to the next level..

    75. Growing Mushrooms in the Basement: Not the kind you’re thinking of.

    76. Raising Rabbits: Easy and delicious. Or just fun if you keep them as pets..

    77. Wrestling Crocs: Dumb, redneck, and impressive.

    78. Larping: I secretly wish I could do this without feeling like an idiot.

    79. Painting: Not to brag, but my paintings look like Picasso’s. It’s a gift.

    80. Playing the Stock Market: Good luck!

    81. Curling: Eh?

    82. Collecting World Currency: Just in case our Fiat currency system actually does collapse.

    83. Collecting Comic Books: Hulk smash.

    84. Collecting Cards: Pieces of cardboard with pictures glued to them are strangely valuable at times.

    85. Pipe Smoking: “Deduction my dear Watson..mmyes..”

    86. Target Shooting: I don’t think it’s possible for this to not be fun.

    87. Photography: Score for another hobby that you can make money with!

    88. Mentoring: If you have a skill, trade, or focus of knowledge and know people who want to learn from you, share the wealth! Help others better themselves.

    89. Building a Tree-house: For your kids of course. Or if you don’t have kids, for your future kids…

    90. Power Walking:  What?! How did that get there?? Let’s call it hiking – get out into the wilderness, hike, climb, or walk slowly taking in your surroundings.

    91. Conquering the Rubiks Cube: Not fun to me, but very impressive nonetheless.

    92. Value Investing: Warren Buffet’s favorite pastime.

    93. Watching Movies: I hesitated to put this one in here because we tend to waste too much time on television and other forms of media, but in moderation, movie watching is an enjoyable and sometimes even productive hobby.

    94. Freelance Writing: This is how I pull in the bulk of my income – there’s nothing better than turning your favorite hobby into a profession.

    95. Gaming for Money: A lot of people buy imaginary equipment for their imaginary selves. Sad but true!

    96. Sudoku: Another hobby I’m not quite addicted to, but it is a nice sense of accomplishment to fill that little square with the right numbers.

    97. Degree Collecting: Some people get a kick out of writing essay after essay to get scholarships and grants, and then they earn multiple degrees because they’re absolute lunatics. At least that’s the only logical explanation I can come up with.

    98. Developing Your own Philosophy: This can be fun, and if you write a book on it you might get famous after you die!

    99. Treasure Hunting: This is a dream hobby to me – I think finding an old pirate chest full of gold would be one of the most exciting and  satisfying feelings imaginable. Some people consider walking around with a metal detector treasure hunting, and that’s all well and good – but it’s not what I’m referring to when I say treasure hunting. Yes, most professional treasure hunters have expensive gear and boats, but I think (hope) it’s possible to do it in a minimalist sort of way.

    100. Playing Chess: The game of intellectuals; military strategy without the collateral damage. Speaking of awful movies…Arnold is actually hilarious in this video.

     

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  • [Article 68][Productive Hobbies] Tips for Growing Your Own Greens

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    Although at first glance one might see enhanced productivity simply through outsourcing all growth, is there not a form of deen-centered productivity that takes root when we return to the soil? 

    Everything is almost always available. For those of us living in the industrialized world, our homes are a stone’s throw from major retailers, where goods of all season are almost always available. And for those who do not back up to shopping malls, the Internet malls are merely a click away. I recall the Internet boom in a major urban center in the mid-1990s when we could get nearly anything delivered, day or night. But, I also recall resisting such immediate consumption.

    What about growing your own cherry tomatoes? And what about the joy of nurturing them, from start to delectable (small) finish, and then sharing the harvest? As ‘convenience’ and ‘choice’ become the hallmarks of our era, is it not time to reflect on what we may be giving up by our own consumptive patterns? How may we integrate different practices, for our own mental and physical well-being and ultimately the well-being of our planet, not to mention our own spiritual growth? What about reconsidering embedded notions of productivity (e.g. units processed per minute) and imagine instead our productivity as a function of how connected we are to our Creator , all while keeping our feet firmly rooted in the ground? Gardening has real power here, and the following tips will, In sha Allah, inspire you to grow your own greens.

    1. Everyone Has a Green Thumb

    I have long heard, ‘I don’t have a green thumb’ and ‘I can’t garden.’ You may not (yet) like the soil or you may not like the sun, but everyone has the potential to be a gardener – everyone, even if you are apartment-bound, without a plot to call your own. If something has not yet grown successfully under your watch, do not blame it on your ‘thumb’. Instead, consider gaining more knowledge and experience. In our city, the public libraries ran free tutorials all spring, same for major home improvement retail chains, and of course the local nurseries. Internet sites abound, and there is wonderful inspiration in the likes of Ron Finley’s ‘Gangster Gardener’ approach as well.

    In sum, the knowledge is there, but we have to take the first step. We have to be open to re-envisioning our thumbs and our whole beings, for that matter, as we seek to tap a new, earth-bound sense of productivity, in which we are connected to Allah ’s creation in a tangible and constructive way. If you are lacking in inspiration, it may be enough simply to open the Qur’an and review any of the magnificent passages describing the growth which Allah  has gifted us in this world [Qur'an: Chapter 55, Verses 11-12] as well as that which is promised in the next [Chapter: 55, Verses 48-52]. The Qur’an is replete with such references, and getting into our own gardens is a wonderful reminder of these blessings.

    2. Start Small and Be Realistic

    A cherry tomato is small, but even that was overly ambitious for us when we started. In fact, it took us four tries before we got it right (and even then several birds beat us to it). If you are new to the field of gardening, I recommend starting small, quite small, possibly with an herb or two, after first identifying what is indigenous to your area. Yes, not all climates were intended to grow mangoes!

    3. Variety and Sustainability

    Much of our ‘kitchen garden’ is based on small herb plants, which help flavor our daily meals. Children are tasked with gathering one small item from the garden so it becomes a fun chore and one which immediately has a connection to our meals. When the cilantro/dania finished for the season we turned to the mint, rosemary and basil. And then we set up a compost to introduce another level of sustainability, by composting our fruit and vegetable waste as well as egg shells and coffee grinds. As we reside in a hot climate, we manage three crop yields of soil, which in turn helps feed our garden produce. Composting has been one of the most exciting elements of our home, urban garden, as it has allowed us to have a full-cycle of growth.

    4. Other Practical Matters: Stretch

    Not only did we start eating more ruffage, which is always a boon, we also now get down on our knees more often, and squat. Gardening is work, and it has the potential to be good, wholesome exercise. Although the ‘gym-culture’ is synonymous with 21st century urban culture, gardening offers another approach to exercise that could help you nurture body and spirit simultaneously. Just make sure you stretch, before and after, and stay hydrated.

    5. Be Persistent

    As with all new activities, it is critical to be persistent. Have a schedule, it can keep you on top of your weeding and watering. And of course remember to keep your eyes on the prize. That prize may come in the form of a cherry tomato or delicious mint, or perhaps it will come in the form of a child demonstrating that he has the potential to care for the earth. Just do not abandon your garden. If need be, take more inspiration, from the Qur’an, as noted above, and hadith. It is reported that prophet Muhammad  said, “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.” [Bukhari]. Yes, it may not be you or your family eating from your garden, initially, but do not overlook the benefit, including the charity of feeding a bird.

    6. Involve Children, and Learn About the Food Chain

    In addition to having children plant and reap, involving children in that ever evolving compost pile has been a wonderful teaching outlet. This is science in action. Although some recoil at the sight of worms breaking down our own vegetable matter, many are intrigued. In fact, we have made a trip out to the compost, a requisite stop for all our guests, to meet the (very productive) worms.

    7. Think of Maryam

    Earlier this spring, when we decided to plant fruit trees, I took further inspiration from Maryam (Umm Isa ), who we know to be especially blessed. Every time Zakariyya  entered the Mihrab to visit her, he found her supplied with sustenance. According to one narration, “He would find with her the fruits of the summer during winter, and the fruits of the winter during summer.” [Ibn Kathir] When Zakariyya  would see this, he said: “O Maryam! From where have you gotten this”. She said, “This is from Allah. Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit,” [Qu'ran: Chapter 3, Verse 37]. Somehow, as we are toiling in our garden bed, summer and winter, Maryam comes to mind, her piety, her purity, and also the blessings of fruit that followed her. Find a Qur’anic model that inspires you. It may be Maryam or another, but the Qur’an has no lack of inspiration for gardening.

    8. Do Da’wah and Share Your Harvest

    As we were planning where to place our fruit trees in our rather limited urban plot, we made a deliberate decision to plant two trees in our front lot, with the idea of doing da’wah with peaches and grapefruit to our neighbors. What better way to engender friendship and trust among neighbors than sharing fruit with them? However, because fruit trees take at least two years to bear real fruit, in the meantime, we have shared a considerable amount of mint, and on occasion a rare cherry tomato, which has no less impact in terms of engendering good will.

    In closing, an oft-cited hadith, will hopefully help motivate our efforts, “If the Last Hour is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it,” [Al-Albani]. It could not have been stated better, subhanAllah.

     

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  • [Article 69]100 cheap hobbies – spend time not money

     

    Table of Contents 

    • 1 Intellectual
    • 2 Exercise
    • 3 Online
    • 4 Outdoors
    • 5 Social
    • 6 New skills
    • 7 Community
    • 8 Travelling
    • 9 Financial
    • 10 Over to you

    Intellectual

    1. Reading: The king of frugal hobbies. Reading can educate you about the world or grip you with an amazing tale. You probably have a library near you that is full of good books available for free. From literature to biographies, poetry to blogs – there is something for everyone.

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

    2. Writing: Humans have occupied themselves by writing since 3200 BC – you only need a computer or a pen and paper and you’re away. Whether you like writing angry letters to the editor or want to work on writing the next War and Peace, you’re not going to spend much money in the process (unless you quit your job to work on writing full time – not a frugal move!) 

    3. Drawing: Painting, sketching, doodling or being creative with a pencil. Drawing is one of the cheapest ways to pass the time.

    4. Learn a language: There are heaps of wonderful free resources available online to help you learn a language. You can listen to podcasts on the way to work or work through a structured course. Soon enough you’ll be speaking French (or Klingon).

    5. Podcasts: Learn a language, listen to your favourite comedian, listen to a great documentary or catch up on the latest news. Podcasts are an awesome source of information and are (by and large) free!

    6. Educate yourself: Learn how to do anything. Do an open university course. Read Wikipedia. Learning about the world is fun and will make you a better person.

    7. Start a blog: If I can do it, you can too. It’s a great way to lay down challenges for yourself and provide yourself with accountability. Telling the internet about a goal you have is a great way to stay on track. Wordpress is the most popular option for blogging software if you want to go down the self-hosted path, and for good reason.

    I use bluehost to host this blog. They have plans starting from $6 a month which is a true bargain. I haven’t had a single issue with them at all – They are rock solid and great value.

    If you make the decision to sign up with bluehost, please consider using one of the links on this site. It won’t cost you any more to sign up through this site either.

    Exercise

    8. Running: If reading is the best cheap intellectual pastime then running is the exercise equivalent. You can do it almost anywhere and you only need decent footware. There is always something to improve on, races to enter and PBs to beat. (Update: Read my blog post about why you should start running here)

    9. Swimming: Not necessarily cheap if you can only do it at a swimming centre with expensive membership. However, if you’re near the sea or a swimming bath that doesn’t cost anything to use then swimming is a great way to get fit.

    10. Cycling: If you have a bike (and you should!) then you can use it to get fit as well as to get around.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a ridiculously expensive bike to exercise on – you don’t.

    11. Surfing: If you’re near the ocean try to buy a cheap second hand board. According to those that do it, it’s hilariously fun. The board won’t cost you much and should last you many years. Like cycling, try not to fall into the upgrading trap – you don’t need a new wet suit every season or a new board just because you’re sick of your old one.

    12.  Snorkeling: All the gear you need can be bought for under $100.  It’s also amazing fun. You can make a spear out of an old broom handle and a bike innertube – you might even catch dinner. 

    13. Urban exploration: Be careful you’re not breaking the law – but exploring your city, it’s tunnels, oddities and bridges can be exhilarating. Take a look at this crazy guy for an example of what I’m talking about:

    Online

    14. Surfing the internet: You probably don’t need any help with this, but in case you do, here are some great ways to find new things to look at online:

    • Reddit
    • Something Awful Forums
    • Watch endless free videos on YouTube
    • Read forums about something you like
    • and if you’re really stuck…

    15. Keep abreast of news and current affairs: The world is bigger than your city or country. Find out about what’s going on in Egypt or Syria, or learn about the political candidates in your election so you can make a better choice. The BBC is a good place to start. 

    16. Web design: A great way to make some money on the side if you can make attractive websites or have the patience to learn how this hobby can make you decent pocket money. If you’re really successful there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t make it a full time job. It’s something you can do from anywhere and is always in demand.

    17. Play free games online: Visit Kongregate.com and say goodbye to your free time. (You’re welcome.)

    18. eBay arbitrage:  Like the idea of buying cheap items on eBay and selling them for profit? Learn about how to here.

    19. Play online poker: You can play for free at most of the big sites. However, be warned, it’s addictive and you can lose serious amounts of money without realizing it. Poker is a game of skill as well as luck, and money can be made if you’re good enough. Still, it’s a tough way to make a dollar.

    20. Become a Wikipedia editor: Help one of the most amazing internet resources stay awesome.

    21. Watch documentaries: Expand your horizons. There are millions of documentaries on YouTube alone. If you like the odd things in life, check out Vice’s documentary channel.

    22. Sign up to Freecycle: Another great online community based around swapping things in your local area.

    23. Learn how to program: Learning how to program efficiently can be fun but also a valuable and marketable skill. If you’re already good, check out eLance and freelancer to make some money on the side.

    Outdoors

    24. Fishing: If you can do it from the shore or on a mate’s boat, it’s cheap, fun and a great way to pass the day with your friends.

    25. Gardening: I can’t speak highly enough of gardening. It gets you outside, gives you practically free vegetables that are ten times anything you’ll get in a shop and rewards patience. It’s great. If you want somewhere to start, learn how to build an enclosed garden, or a simple raised bed using recycled materials. SproutRobot will tell you what and when to plant based on your zipcode, and even send you the seeds.

    26. Guerrilla gardening:  Think gardening can’t be an extreme sport? It can’t get your heart pumping? You’re probably right – but guerrilla gardening is still pretty cool. The idea is to plant vegetables in public spaces in your community so that people can see how easy and fun it is to become less reliant on the supermarket.

    27. Bush walking: Hiking, mountaineering or exploring the natural environment near you.

    28.  Camping: Get a group of like-minded people together and set off to a beautiful beach, an isolated lake or a native forest. Fun will be had, guaranteed.

    29. Urban fruit picking: The ying to guerrilla gardening’s yang. Find fruit in your community that is going to waste – but make sure you don’t steal anyone’s produce! The idea is to find fruit trees in public spaces that aren’t maintained. See here for more. Also here. 

    30. Find free food in the country side: Learn what to look for, how to find mushrooms that are good to eat and source all sorts of berries you can turn into beer. This is a good place to start. The top ten foods to forage are here.

    31. Caving: You need to know what you’re doing here to stay safe. Team up with someone who’s done it before. Be prepared to find an amazing world you’d never know was there. Not for the claustrophobic.

    Social

    32. Hosting board game nights: Rather than go out to watch a movie for $20, invite your friends back to your house, grab some home brew and play Settlers of Catan, Monopoly or Risk. (An affiliate link – you won’t pay more, but will support my blog.)

    33. Charting your family history: This can take many years to do properly, and even then, it isn’t always possible depending on your background. It would make an amazing present to a grandmother or relative when it’s complete. There really isn’t any limit on how far back you can attempt to go.

    34. Get to know someone: Make a friend who is lonely or isolated. It could be a neighbour, or a relative who is in a home. It’ll make their day every time you go.

    35. Listen to music: This could be in the intellectual category too. Music is great and thanks to the internet and services like Spotify, it costs next to nothing.

    36. Play with your children: This is pretty obvious but children love playing and their needs aren’t great. Let’s play in a box or kick a rock! It’s all good fun and should mean not spending a cent.

    37. Play cards: There are thousands of games to play with the humble deck of cards. They are cheap and last for a long time.

    38. Host a regular dinner party: If your friends like cooking try to arrange a regular dinner party once a month where each group shares the cooking. It’s fun and cheap compared to a restaurant.

    39. Play chess: The ultimate game that will improve your mental dexterity. You could spend your whole life getting better at this game.

    40. Sex: Fairly important for the survival of the human race, free and enjoyable! What’s not to like?

    41. Play a low entry cost sport: Athletics, soccer, swimming, orienteering, touch rugby, disk golf or gymnastics.  The list goes on. It’s social, good for you and frugal.

    42. Learn to dance: Good exercise and fun. 

    43. Host a quiz night: This could be combined with another board games night or a way to raise some money for a charity. Everyone likes a quiz!

    New skills

    44. Cooking: On a normal income, you can’t retire early without knowing how to cook for yourself. Learn how to cook the basics like bread and pasta and then branch out into simple, frugal meals like curries, soups and chili. If you base your meals around staples such as rice, potato and pasta, you’ll save a packet.

    45. Run a side business: Turn a hobby into an income stream. Run an online shop, build websites, run a blog, do freelance writing or sell your photographs.

    46. Dexterity skills: Play hackey sack, juggle or learn to stand on your hands. 

    47. Scrap booking: I’ve never done it myself, but it sounds like the sort of hobby that can keep you very busy.

    48. Craft: Sewing, knitting, dress making. Then sell it on Etsy.

    49. Restoration: Rebuild old cars, old furniture or anything you can find at thrift-shops that needs a bit of TLC. Make it as good as new to use in your house in place of buying more expensive items, or sell them on for a profit.

    50. Home-brewing: You can brew beer, wine or cider very easily at home. The ultimate resource for how to brew beer is How to Brew by John Palmer. Note: this is an affiliate link – it won’t cost you any more if you buy it using my link, but you will support the blog.

    51. Homesteading: Learn how to live as self-sufficiently as possible. Taking care of animals and a full sized vegetable garden is almost a full time job, but it’s an amazing lifestyle if you can manage it.

    52. Learn to sing: Voice - the cheapest musical instrument available.

    53. Learn to cut your hair: If you have a short haircut you really should cut your own hair. It will save you thousands of dollars over the years and is really easy. 

    54. Canning: If you have a vegetable garden, then you’ll end up having periods where you have way too much of a particular vegetable. The solution is to make preserves, chutneys and relishes and to can your produce to make it last.

    55. Keep chickens: This is guaranteed to keep you busy. Having chickens probably won’t save you any money, but it’s a fun hobby. They are good companions and give you eggs and meat for your troubles.

    56. Carpentry: This is an awesome hobby to have. If you don’t have any basic carpentry skills you should learn them because they’ll save you money. Learning how to fix and restore your possessions is a huge bonus. I’m going to be building a deck next summer and will be relying heavily on carpentry to get it done.

    Community

    57. Volunteer your time: To a lot of charities, this is more valuable than your money.

    58. Follow a sports team: Getting involved in local sport by watching, helping, coaching, volunteering and playing can be very rewarding.

    59. Mentor an at risk child: Many children today grow up without good role models. There are a number of charity groups that facilitate mentoring sessions. It’s bound to be difficult but would be very rewarding to both parties. It’s something I’m planning on doing when I retire.

    60. Lobby the government: Sitting around whinging about the state of politics is great, but doing something about it is even better. Make a difference by getting involved.

    61. Start a community garden: If you’re in the UK you should check out the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. There are local equivalents all over the world.

    62. Found a charity group: If you’re passionate about a local issue or cause, get involved and start a group to raise money.

    63. Organize fundraising: If you’re not up for starting a charity (which is a huge commitment) you can get involved by raising some money – a trivia night or an auction are always fun.

    64. Join the board of a community group: This can have the selfish benefit of being great for your CV. It can also lead to bigger roles on company boards if you’re good at it.

    65. Donate blood: One of the best ways you can spend your time. Saving lives!

    66. Visit museums and art galleries:

    67. Improve the environment: It might not be the most fun in the world, but you’d be doing good. Try picking up a piece of rubbish every day.

    68. Go to free community events: Check local government websites and community boards for cheap events in your area.

    Travelling

    69. Couch surfing: Find free places to stay overseas.

    70. AirBNB: Find cheap places to stay overseas and in your area.

    71. Travel the world by house sitting: There are heaps of good house sitting websites where you can find places to stay in the short to medium term in return for looking after someone’s house.

    72. Van Dwelling: Live in a van! Frugal, free and fun. Not for everyone, but if you’re young and want to travel on the cheap, this could be for you.

    73. Become a caretaker: Similar to house sitting although normally in remote areas and involves working for a salary.

    Financial

    74. Investing: Making investing a hobby will go a long way in setting yourself up financially. It really doesn’t have to be a dry subject, and is crucial to gaining financial independence.

    75. Budgeting: I might be a huge nerd, but I love budgeting. I’ll quite happily sit at home on a Sunday doing my sums. It’s what generates the numbers that lets me have pretty graphs like this one:

    76. Couponing: This isn’t really a big thing in Australia, but a lot of people in the US seem to be really into it. Worth a look to see if it can save you some money.

    77. Thrift shopping:

    78. Become a landlord: Extremely time consuming, but the financial rewards are obvious. This should be done as part of a balanced portfolio – I don’t really like the idea of having all your net worth in real estate, but each to their own. Being a landlord is a time-consuming and an active form of investment, but if done properly it should return a tidy profit.

    79. Run a stall at a local market: Not a bad way to spend a day on the weekend. However, you should treat it like running a business. 

    80. Get a part time job: Getting a second job that is more in line with you interests is a good stepping stone to early retirement or financial independence.

    Misc

    81. Complete the world’s largest commercially available jigsaw: Go here and be amazed. It has 24,000 pieces and is over 14 feet by 5 feet big. It’s not cheap but if you look at the hours per dollar, it’s as frugal as it comes.

    82. Build models: Not just for kids!

    83. Bird watching: There are even organised competitions to see how many species of bird you can find over the course of a day.

    84. Graphing progress: This is a big one for me. I love to make graphs and charts to track my progress towards a goal. I have one for my running, reading and all of my various financial goals. It’s really motivating, and a good, cheap hobby to have.

    85. Dumpster diving: The degree of difficulty and risk is fairly high here. Please make sure you’re not breaking any laws if you try this. You might find some free food though!

     

    86. Give up a vice: Quit smoking, or try to go without. I gave up alcohol for January. Try giving up a habit that isn’t helpful or is expensive.

    87. Beating: Scare birds out of the scrub so hunters can shoot them. You’ll normally be rewarded with a free feed and some birds to take home.

    88. Complete a list:  Work through a list, for example – try to watch all of the top 250 imdb movies or all of the Oscar nominated movies in a particular year.

    89. Play music: Especially if you’re got an instrument lying around that never gets used. Put it to work and make some noise. 

    90. Learn to do magic: It’s good for entertaining children and is quite time consuming to get right. All the tricks can be learned from the web for free. 

    91. Build a bunker to protect you from the apocalypse: This and other DIY tasks around the home can be really rewarding and add value to your house.

    Spirituality

    92. Explore asceticism:  You probably don’t need to go to this extreme even if you’re interested in simplifying your life. Having said that, I’ve enjoyed every single challengeof going without and think each has improved my willpower significantly.

    93. Minimalism: Get rid of your possessions that own you and get happy. Go here for more. 

    94. Yoga: 

    95. Investigate religion: Whether it’s so you know more about a religion you don’t follow, or to   know more about the one you do. And if you’re not interested at all – the more knowledge you have the better.

    96. Learn about philosophy: I think therefore I am. Deep, man! 

    97. Meditation: Not doing anything at all for long periods while deeply contemplating life or nothing at all is probably the ultimate frugal pastime!

    Over to you

    98. Geocaching - Thanks to readers Pat and Emily for this idea. There are whole communities dedicated to GPS based treasure hunting – sounds really fun actually!

    99. Origami - Thanks Lexi!

    100. Learn a Martial art - I love this idea from Walt. It is a great form of exercise and anything that can help you stay safe at night is a good thing.

    What is your favorite frugal pastime? If you can come up with a few I haven’t covered, I’ll add the best to the last three spots. Edit: Thanks guys for the great ideas. Keep them coming!

     

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  • [Article 67]How to use your hobbies to get a job: top tips

    Translate multiple hobbies into skills 

    Elizabeth Bacchus, career coach and founder of The Successful CV Company: “It’s great to be passionate about many interests, but have a think about which ones you are most interested in. How do they translate into the real world of work? Could these skills be used in some sort of advisory capacity? Having plenty of interests could make you a marvellous mentor to a young person.”

    Avoid buzzwords 

    Clare Whitmell, Guardian contributor and qualified business communication trainer: “Generic buzzwords confuse everyone – they’re not helpful on a job description and almost meaningless on a CV if unsubstantiated. It helps to break down something as large as ‘communication skills’ into smaller elements: presenting, writing, synthesising, editing etc and explain how you use those skills.”

    Focus your interests and experiences on specific skills 

    Hannah Morton-Hedges, founder of Momentum Careers Advice: “Transferable skills can come from a range of experiences, not just hobbies. But most employers won’t be looking for different ways that these skills can be proven – mostly one specific example is enough.”

    Ask employers to clarify what they’re looking for 

    Dr Tracy Johnson, careers adviser at the University of Bristol and founder of Brainbox Coaching: “When it comes to understanding what an employer means by ‘good communication skills’ or ‘dynamic’, it can never hurt to give their recruitment department a call and ask for clarification and a specific example. If the job description is vague in this way, then it’s fair to ask for a bit of clarity.”

    Hobbies are also good for relaxation 

    Mike Higgins, career coach and director of This Is My Path: “The whole point of a hobby is that it gives you a break from doing what you do in your 9-5. It can be a good source of information, but it doesn’t have to be. It can just be downtime. If you are looking to beef up your CV, sometimes it can be preferable to do something like volunteering, rather than shoehorn a hobby into something that a recruiter may find interesting.”

    Don’t tell porkies on your CV 

    Hannah Morton-Hedges: “Don’t ever be inclined to make up hobbies because you think it will look good. Information given on hobbies are regularly used during interviews as a way of getting to know the candidate better. It will stand out like a sore thumb if you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about and recruiters will be left wondering what else on your CV may not be true.”

    Make your hobbies stand out on your CV 

    Hannah Morton-Hedges: “You don’t need to give lots of information, but do make it interesting. A sentence saying, for example, “I enjoy reading” will never make an impact. Add a little more detail, such as “I enjoy reading books on modern culture and particularly the works of Douglas Coupland”, and already you are starting to make yourself a little more memorable while also making your claims more real.”

    Apply your hobbies to the job ad 

    Elizabeth Bacchus: “If you’re keen to include hobbies on your CV, it’s critical to understand how to leverage these to gain the interest of recruiters. Always ask yourself, why would this be of interest to employers? How can I illustrate a tie-in to the advertised role? Are my hobbies unusual? Could they be an interview conversation starter?”

    You can’t have too many hobbies 

    Simon North, founder of Position Ignition: “I don’t think you can have too many hobbies. What it shows is a level of commitment to using your time effectively. Employers are always impressed by that.

    “Time is a scarce commodity, however, and it may be that somebody doesn’t believe that you can have all those hobbies and be really interested and committed to them. That’s a danger. Everybody needs downtime, and if your hobbies exhaust you and it impacts on your work, then you’ve hit the law of diminishing returns.”

    Lizzie Usher, programme and quality manager at The Duke of Edinburgh Award: “We encourage young people to explore their talents and interests by trying new things – it’s all about developing the whole person. The wider the breadth of activities someone does, the more skills they can learn and the more they can learn about the potential career they wish to pursue.”

     

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  • [Article 66]Six Tips For Turning Your Hobby Into Your Job

    Here are a few ways to monetize a hobby:

     

    • Teach others to do what you love. Teach piano lessons, offer cooking classes, or teach another language, if those are your passions. You can do this by teaching through a college or continuing education program, by creating your own classes, or by creating your own webinars or tele-seminar series online, Collamer says.

     

    • Sell/import/invent/craft a product or accessory for enthusiasts in your hobby. For example, if you are a wine enthusiast, you might import hand-blown wine glasses from a different country, or invent a unique wine refrigeration device, or develop a line of fun wine-themed T-shirts. “Hobbyists tend to be very enthusiastic, passionate and willing to spend money on items related to their hobby,” Collamer says. “Just think of what baseball enthusiasts are willing to pay for World Series tickets.”

     

    • Teach the business of the hobby. “I actually talk about this in my book (Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement), using an example of a man who used to work for Microsoft in marketing, but his hobby was magic, and now he teaches marketing to magicians,” Collamer says. So let’s say your background is in publishing, but you love cooking, you could specialize in teaching people in the food industry how to get their cookbooks published. “I have another example in my book of a woman who teaches people how to make a living importing goods from Ecuador, for people who love to travel and/or shop.”

     

    • Speak or write about your hobby. Hobby related how-to topics, historical perspectives, and compelling stories, are all of interest to enthusiasts, Collamer says.  And you could get paid to do it.

     

    • Create a tour or performance series around what you love. “The other day I met a woman who bills herself as a ‘Founding Fathers Fanatic’ and she performs at schools, in character, to teach students about the Founding Fathers,” Collamer says. “Another example of this is Tony Mula, who turned his love of pizza and Brooklyn into the highly successful ‘A Slice of Brooklyn’ pizza tours,” she adds. “I also know of a bike enthusiast who runs bike tours in California.”

     

    • Appraise, repair or fix items related to what you love. Most hobbies have “stuff” connected to them, and sometimes, that stuff needs to be fixed by a skilled and knowledgeable person. “You could fix computers, appraise collectibles, repair bicycles, source missing parts for highly unusual items, and so on,” Collamer says.

    “The next time you find yourself confused as to how to generate income from your hobbies, search out the most successful entrepreneurs in your area of interest and study their business models and revenue streams,” Collamer suggests. “Ask yourself: Is their income coming from consulting services, videos, accessories, events, classes or product sales? What is their mix of products and services? What is their pricing strategy?” In doing this, you’ll discover proven models for monetizing your hobbies, as well as helpful information about how to price your own services and products.

    Mufson, who has interests outside of career coaching, says she managed to turn a hobby into a lucrative part-time gig. “I personally turned my hobby of creating gemstone jewelry into a side-line business,” she explains. “Jewelry making is an expensive hobby and early on I decided to make it pay for itself. Since then I have developed two online stores and a relationship with a jewelry gallery that sells most of my work.”

    Not everyone is going to wind up a star by following a well-loved hobby into a professional setting, Reynolds says. “We can’t all be Olympic skaters, NBA top scorers or real estate moguls. However, it can be taken as a promise that, if we follow the lines and design of our natural interests and loves, we will give ourselves the very best chance to grow into the most successful human beings we can be. It will also ensure that we have more days we love because we’re doing the things that most interest us, nourish us, and give us expression,” she concludes.

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  • [Article 72]23 Fulfilling Hobbies You Can Start Right Now For Free (Or Almost For Free)

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    People find solace, comfort, fun, and relaxation in hobbies. The issue: Lots of hobbies cost money. You can’t take up automotive repair or equestrian without burning through loads of dough. But cash-strapped hobby seekers can rejoice! There are many wondrous pursuits that can be started with little or investment necessary. Found on r/AskReddit.

    1. circleinthesquare

    Learn a language!
    Being multilingual is provides many benefits to your memory and organizational skills, and gives you a wide access to many new things and experiences.
    It takes effort and time, but just do half an hour a day. There’s no rush, after all.
    Duolingo.com is excellent and offers free courses on most Romance languages, and plan to add more.
    I used memrise.com for Japanese, and I found it useful, as well. Though I did need to stop in order to put more time into preparing for college, so I can’t say anything about it’s advanced levels.
    Of course, immersing yourself in language is always the best, so make sure you find a language with good movies.

    2. slp50

    I am sure this is the most uncool hobby of all, but I love to collect rocks and minerals. There is nothing quite like the thrill of finding a garnet in the wild! Or panning your first flake of gold. Or finding chert and quartz just lying there in the desert.

    3. Chuk741776

    If you and your group of friends would be into it, paper and pencil RPGs usually don’t cost that much for several years worth of fun.
    EDIT- for all who see this. /r/youenteradungeon is basically pen and paper RPGs without the pen ad paper. It might be worth it to check it out.

    4. BatmansProstate

    Writing is an excellent hobby to get into. Nice way to get your creative juices flowing and be a little more artistic. Try /r/WritingPrompts.
    Addendum to writing, drawing is another nice hobby to pick up. All you really need is paper and a pencil. Don’t get discouraged if you’re crap at it, your skills will improve over time.
    Hiking is another good one. It’ll only cost time and gas money but it’s worth it for the beautiful scenery and fresh air.
    Similar to hiking, geocaching is another good one. Check out /r/geocaching
    Learning to play instruments is another excellent hobby. You can find second-hand instruments at thrift stores (My sister got a secondhand guitar for $50). Also you can find plenty of tutorials online for free. Tryhttp://www.justinguitar.com/ if you’re interested in learning guitar.
    You can always go hunting for new music to listen to and broaden your musical horizons if that’s your thing. Try /r/Alternativerock (in the sidebar there’s links to different music subreddits)
    Gaming is another nice way to pass the time at minimal cost. You already have access to a computer and there’s tons of free 2 play games such as Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, Path of Exile etc. These games aren’t that graphically demanding so computer requirements shouldn’t be a worry.
    Cooking is a fantastic hobby to learn. You’re essentially learning a life skill that is incredibly helpful and you’re making food. Only real expense is ingredients but /r/Cheap_Meals and /r/EatCheapAndHealthy can help with that.
    EDIT: I’m aware LoL is chock full of microtransactions, it’s just a suggestion. I’m sure people can find better F2P games. Also add Dota 2 to the F2P list.

    5. ChuckHustle

    Programming.
    Download Python for free.
    Download notepad++ for free (or emacs or whatever).
    Reference python documentation for help.
    Go to Project Euler for some problems to solve/learn to code on.
    Edit: Click here for a list of other useful “learn to program sites”. Thanks /u/BiscuitMiscuit

    6. Lord_Varys

    Playing guitar.
    You can buy a playble guitar for about $100, and if you’re not stupid it will last you a llifetime. Maintenance cost is about $5 every few months for new strings.
    I know it’s not dirt cheap, but in the long run it’s priceless. I recommend starting by learning “The Joker” by Steve Miller. Pretty simple, and fun.

    7. jezcardia

    Papercraft!
    A short explanation:
    find templates for models you’re interested in making (anything – model planes, model plants, model animals, models of videogame characters, you name it)
    print them out (at home or at the copy shop)
    cut them out
    stick all the tabs together with glue
    your own models!
    It’s really easy to start, there’s an unlimited quantity of model templates available online, and you get the joy of creating something while also having it look amazing when it’s finished! Cutting and pasting is relaxing and rewarding. And, it’s super cheap to start – just get a cutting board, some scissors/a craft knife, some tacky glue, and have a printer handy.
    Admire all the models here and here and here and here or just google search for a papercraft version of anything you want. Want a deer head mounted on your wall? Put a Mario question mark box on your desk? Whatever you want!

    8. Uter_Zorker

    Birding. Sounds pretty lame, and I often joke that my young self would laugh at my middle aged self for enjoying this. I have a life list, and like a collector I enjoy adding new species to it. Also, it gets me outside in nature.

    9. r_askreddit_account

    Brewing Beer – Maybe a $200 initial investment and then $30-$50 per ingredient kit (48 beers) after that. The problem is that you end up loving it and wanting to upgrade everything, so it can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to!

    10. Sabfienda

    Hula hooping! (doing tricks and whatnot)
    -A basic starters hoop costs about $20-30 the most (you can find a bunch on etsy.com). -I started about 3 months ago, all self taught. -There are great tutorital videos on YouTube. -Not only is it a good workout, but it is also challenging and fun to do. -So rewarding once you finally get a trick down perfectly.

    11. riprock69

    Helping at your homeless shelter
    They always need extra help
    Their clients always need extra love
    Take time to listen to them and ask questions
    You will discover the vast diversity among the homeless
    You will realize just how amazingly blessed you are

    12. iosdeveloper87

    If you’re into cars and like going fast… Autocross!
    You race your own car in a time trial thru a tight course set up (usually in a large parking lot) with cones, lasting usually -/+ a minute.
    There are slaloms, sweepers, hairpins, chicanes, Chicago boxes and the occasional straightaway, among other fun course elements.
    It’s extremely safe and not very hard on your car itself, mostly just the tires, sometimes the shocks. Some people call it the cracked cocaine of auto racing since it’s cheap, easy to get into and so much fun. Extra bonus is that almost everyone I encounter is really friendly and more than willing to give you valuable advice.
    EDIT: To try it out, look up your local SCCA chapter and find out when and where their next Solo competition will be held. You don’t have to participate at first, but if they smell a newcomer, they will certainly encourage (and hopefully convince) you to give it a shot.
    Literally ANY car is fun. The more “unsuited” for the course, the more fun sometimes!

    13. hellfast

    Magic. A deck of cards and a good magic instructional book will keep you going for a year or two before moving on to more elaborate effects. It’s a great way to become the life of the party and to meet girls too.

    14. ragrim

    Amateur Mycology – wild mushroom hunting! If you do your homework and read the right books you can easily learn which mushrooms to stay away from and even easier, learn which common mushrooms are delicious and where to find them.
    My favorite mushroom book: Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora, and The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (which is where I live).
    Shaggymanes, Morels, King Boletes, chanterelles – go find them and eat them!

    15. figstea

    Sewing. Whether you are a guy or a girl, this hobby is inexpensive and so incredibly useful! You can get a used sewing machine for $20, mine was brand new at $100 (in 2003 and yes its still kicking) Once you get the basics of sewing down, you can hem your clothes, make them fit better, which will make you feel better, and you will look better! Scraps of fabric are everywhere and if you are really broke and a little creative, you can buy an article of clothing from a second hand shop and sew it into a unique piece that is just for you.

    16. Howl3rMonk3y

    Community Theatre. Doesn’t cost a cent (except for show fees at some societies), get to meet and hang out with lots of cool people, and (if it’s a musical) singing increases your lung capacity and dancing is good exercise. Even if you can’t act, sing or dance they are always looking for people to be in the chorus. Just go and have fun while learning all about theatre and music. Best decision I ever made.

    17. kidneytheif

    Disc golf. All you really need is one or two discs, around 8$ a piece. Large majority of the courses are free.

    18. refinedbyfire

    Volunteer firefighting. If you have a local volunteer firehouse, please consider signing up. It’s free, you learn a ton of new skills, you serve your community and you get to ride a goddamn fire truck.

    19. jhdeval

    How challenged do you want to be? I got into antique watch repair. You need a decent set of screwdrivers they will run you on the low side 10 on the high side 100 dollars and some watch oil. Most watches need disassemble clean and reassemble then they will run like a champ. You can buy watches on ebay fairly cheap 10 or less in many cases if you fix them you can turn around and resell for twice what you paid.
    Edit: I am getting tons of questions on where to get tools and resources.
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    Edit 2: A small completed watch Gallery. http://imgur.com/a/f9C87

    20. LadyKnightmare

    Whittling, get a decent knife that’s easy to sharpen and a whetstone. Then go grab some scrap lumber or a few good sticks, and get whittling.
    Chewing tobacco and waist length beard are optional.

    21. lucksen

    Chess. Won’t need more than one board (of course you can play on the internet but playing over the board in a club or similar is much more enjoyable to me), being member of a club usually doesn’t cost anything because you’re just people meeting up for some turnbased warfare.

    22. chadridesabike

    Hiking.
    You really just need a pair of shoes and a water bottle to start day hiking. The views can be spectacular, and you get a great workout too.
    If you get addicted to it, a nice overnight pack will run you $100 to $150, tent ~$80, and a sleeping bag ~$40. It will last you forever if you take care of it.

    23. wubbadubba

    Darts. Almost anyone can afford a good dart board and some darts and you don’t need a lot of room to play at home. There are also leagues and tournaments and you can meet lots of people. Also, no athletic ability needed.

     

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  • [Article 73]67+ Free and Inexpensive Hobbies

     

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    We often think of hobbies as expensive, and some are. If you want to raise horses, collect antique cars, take up drag racing, or own your own plane to indulge your passion for flying, you’re going to pay a lot of money. However, there are plenty of hobbies available that are free or inexpensive. With almost any hobby, there areways to make it less expensive. You can shop the used market, borrow or rent supplies, or trade supplies with other hobbyists. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, just because you are on a tight budget (or don’t want to spend a lot of money), you can’t have any hobbies. Here are some ideas for inexpensive hobbies:

     

    Reading

    There are a lot of places that you can get reading material on the cheap if not for free. Use the library, shop used book stores and sales, hit thrift stores and yard sales, and read free eBooks.

    Metal Detecting

    Who doesn’t have the fantasy of stumbling across hidden treasure? You can buy a metal detector for under $100 (less if you buy used) and search for those treasures in your spare time. Anything you find can be sold or recycled for money.

    Arts/Crafting

    Crafting can get expensive, but if you create something unique or useful, you can sell it to recoup your costs. Some ideas:

    • Knitting
    • Embroidery
    • Cross sttich
    • Decoupage
    • Jewelry making
    • Painting
    • Scrapbooking
    • Latch hooking
    • Sculpting
    • Drawing
    • Crocheting
    • Wreath making (inexpensive especially if you use natural, seasonal materials)
    • Quilting
    • Pottery (Rent a wheel, got to a facility where you can rent time on a wheel, or buy used)
    • Paper mache
    • Beading
    • Stamping

    Look for sources of less expensive supplies (clearance sales, wholesalers, trades, online stores) and try to use leftovers from one project in future projects to cut your costs. When you’re just starting out, buy the cheapest materials you can get so you don’t waste money on your “learner” projects. You can also find instructional books at the library and free/low cost classes at craft stores or community schools.

    Writing

    Whether it’s poetry, fiction, or just journaling, writing is basically free. You don’t have to write to publish if you don’t want to. If you find enough enjoyment in the process, you can do it just for yourself.

    Puzzles/Board Games/Cards

    These things can keep you busy for a while for little cost:

    • Jigsaw puzzles
    • Cards (Get a copy of Hoyle’s Rules of Games for endless game ideas.)
    • Board games
    • Crossword puzzles
    • Sudoku
    • Word search puzzles
    • Card games (using a game-specific deck like UNO or Rook)
    • Chess, Backgammon, Checkers (often available as a 3-in-1 game set)
    • Dice games (Get a copy of Hoyle’s Rules of Games for endless game ideas.)
    • Find-the-items-in-the-picture puzzles
    • Free logic, word, and picture puzzles online

    Gardening

    It doesn’t matter if you rent or buy, this is a hobby that can be adjusted to either situation. Seeds are inexpensive. If you start with a small patch of land if you own, or a simple container garden if you rent, you won’t have to invest much money in fertilizer, soil, or water, either. If you can follow the frugal gardening 10 Commandments, this often thought of expensive hobby can be anything but. Even better, if you’re successful, you’ll get your money back by eating your harvest.

    Photography

    When many people think of photography as a hobby, they think of huge SLR cameras and professional editing software, or even a darkroom. But even small point and shoot digital cameras can give good results and GIMPis a free, open source alternative to PhotoShop. Free online photo sharing and blogging lets you post your creations.

    Saving Money

    The ultimate inexpensive hobby is saving money. Finding new ways to cut costs and use things more wisely and differently can be a great way to spend time. Couponing often becomes a hobby for frugal people.

    Origami

    All you need is some paper and instructions, which are available online or in books you can get at the library. If you get good at it, you can then use your new found skills to leave an original tip whenever you eat out.

    Walking/Hiking

    Both exercise and a hobby, walking has health benefits as well as being a way to pass some time. Go to anational park, local state park, nature trail, beach, or hiking trail for a change of scenery. Walking with friends is a great way to spend time together it’s a great wau to explore those places both near and far that you have always wanted to see.

    Bird Watching

    There is something serene and relaxing about watching birds go about their business. All you need to start bird watching as a hobby is an inexpensive pair of binoculars, some paper to write down what you see, and a book (obtained from the library or used book store) to identify your finds. Put up a feeder in your yard to attract more species.

    Insect/Butterfly Watching

    See number 11. The idea is the same and this is one that the kids may find a lot more enjoyable than bird watching if you want to include them in the hobby.

    Collecting

    Pick something you like and collect it. Maybe you like rocks, bottle caps, sea glass, small figurines, stuffed animals, trading cards, or even sand. Sure, some collections can get expensive if you chase rare items or antiques, but a simple collection can be amassed for little or no money, and you can have a great time putting it together.

    Free Online Games

    If you like video games but find them too expensive, try some free online offerings. There are a wide variety to choose from and you can play against people from all over the world.

    Playing Music

    Beginner versions of most instruments can be found used and group classes are usually inexpensive. With the wealth of resources available online today, you can probably even teach yourself.

    Foreign Language

    Teach yourself a foreign language using books and tapes obtained from the library, or software and online resources. You can also learn a lot by watching the subtitles on DVD’s.

    Volunteering

    Whatever skills or time you have can be put to use in the service of others. Find something you like to do and then find an organization that can use you.

    Astronomy

    Buy a used or a kids’ telescope and a star map and you’re all set. Go somewhere where there is little light pollution and see what you can find.

    Meditation/Yoga

    A quiet room and maybe a mat is all you need. Yoga DVD’s are available to rent or borrow from libraries and there are many workouts online.

    Baking/Cooking

    This has the advantage of cutting your eating out budget, too.

    Blogging

    Start a blog for free online and blog about whatever interests you. If you get enough traffic, you can run some ads and make a little money.

    Listening to Music

    You don’t have to buy CD’s to enjoy music. YouTube and Pandora are great places to discover new artists. Amazon and iTunes usually have a free song of the day and may run deep discounts on albums and other songs. And, there’s always the radio.

    Museums/Zoos/Aquariums

    If your area has a lot of museums, you can make a hobby out of visiting them often. If they’re government funded, they’re probably free and you can do this hobby in any new city you visit.

    TV

    We sometimes give TV a bad rap, but for many people it’s a hobby and not a source of wasting time. They love watching their favorite actors and seeing what’s new.

    Cartooning

    If you have a sense of humor and can draw, start creating cartoons.

    Watching Movies

    You don’t have to go to the theater. An inexpensive Netflix subscription can provide you with more than you’ll ever watch. Or, you can borrow DVD’s form some libraries.

    Become an Expert

    Many people have a topic that they are passionate about. Maybe it’s a sport, a celebrity or otherwise famous person, a historical period, space travel, gardening, or military history. Whatever passion you have, spend your time learning all you can about it. Before you know it, you’ll be an expert.

    Kite Flying

    A department store kite costs a few dollars and can be fun on windy days.

    Computer Programming/Website Design

    There are plenty of free tutorials available online and in library books. There are many free and open source tools available, too.

    Juggling

    Get three balls and use an online tutorial to teach you how.

    Organize Old Family Photos

    You probably have tons of old photos lying around. Spend time identifying the people and places and writing the information on the back so you’ll always know why these photos were important.

    Flower Arranging

    You can use inexpensive silk flowers instead of real blooms to practice your arrangements. They’re reusable so you can try them in all kinds of different arrangements.

    Sports

    Swimming is inexpensive if you have a community pool or a YMCA nearby. Tennis only requires a racket and some balls available at Wal-Mart. Community courts are usually free. Basketball can be played at home on your own driveway with a goal purchased used or from Wal-Mart, or you can play on community courts. The same goes for soccer and baseball.

    Fishing

    Rods are inexpensive, bait can be dug out of your own yard or bought inexpensively at a tackle shop. Even the required licenses only require a nominal fee. You don’t need expensive flies or rods to just drop a line in your local lake.

    Art from Scavenged Materials

    I recently saw someone make a giant Lite-Brite out of old water bottles and a piece of wood. Another person made a large grasshopper out of old garden hose. If you’re creative and can make things from the discards of others, there’s your hobby.

    Dancing

    Group instruction in most forms of dance is relatively inexpensive. Or you can just watch videos and model what you see in your own home. You’ll get your exercise, if nothing else.

    Camping

    Tents and other equipment are relatively inexpensive and widely available used. Camping can allow you to travel and spend time with loved ones for a fraction of a the cost of a “real” vacation.

    Whittling

    All you need is a knife and a block of wood to create whatever you imagine.

    Genealogy

    Online resources abound to help you in your search for your family history. Librarians and other family members can also help you.

    Running

    While running just to run can be a hobby unto itself, it gets more fun if you enter races. Local 5K’s, marathons, triathlons, and half marathons have reasonable entry fees and you usually get a lot of fun and camaraderie for your money. You can either race to win or just for the fun of entering.

    Animation

    You can either hand-draw your animations in a “flip book” style, or use free, open source computer software like Blender to create computer animations.

    Singing

    You can sing in the privacy of your own home or, if you have talent, sing in a church choir, perform the national anthem at local sporting events, or go to local karaoke nights. But if you feel like your singing could use some improvement so you can actual perform somewhere besides a karaoke bar or your shower, you can always take lessons on singing for beginners.

    Sewing

    You can make clothes, bags, or other household items, or sew “artsy” projects. Scavenge fabric from old clothes or clearance racks and buy your machine used or get a hand-me-down from a family member. Even a new, entry-level machine is relatively inexpensive.

    Woodworking

    You don’t have to build complicated projects. Simple shelves, birdhouses, and other small projects can be a good way to start and can be built from left over materials.

    Plant/Flower Identification

    Take nature hikes and identify the plants and flowers that you see using books borrowed from the library.

    Coloring (Seriously)

    Coloring books and crayons are cheap and it’s a great stress reliever and something you can do with the kids.

    Sex

    Enough said. In fact, great sex can save you money. Just be careful to take the proper precautions to avoid any “unintended consequences” that would definitely add considerably to your financial outlay.

    Fantasy Sports

    Join a fantasy sports league and build your teams, track stats, and have fun all season.

    Community theater

    If you have the acting bug, visit your local theater and see if you can audition for any roles.

    Home Movies

    Many cell phones and digital cameras have video capability, or you could pop for an inexpensive video camera. Document your family life, vacations, or pets and edit the movies in a program like iMovie.

    Calligraphy

    You can get the special pens at the craft store and practice using online tutorials or library books and some paper. If you get good, you could make money doing wedding and party invitations for friends and family.

    Legos

    Don’t get the specialized sets ($$$), but instead opt for the big box of bricks and your own imagination.

    People Watching

    Go where there is activity and just see what people do. Human behavior is really strange sometimes.

    Part-Time Work

    Some people find a job that they love, but which does not pay enough to make a full time living, to be a good hobby. If you hate your day job, do what you like to do on a part time basis.

    Darts

    A board and darts can usually be found cheap at yard sales or thrift stores. Just be sure to set up somewhere where you don’t mind dart holes in the wall.

    Magic

    Simple tricks can be learned from books or online tutorials and most use household items.

    Candle Making

    Supplies are surprisingly cheap at craft stores and you can make your own shapes and scents.

    Public Speaking

    Practice at home with family, or join Toastmaster International for a small fee to practice with others.

    Cake Decorating

    If you can learn to do this well, you can make some side money doing cakes for friends and family.

    Take Classes

    Some people make a hobby out of just taking classes through their local community college or library system. Usually inexpensive, you can take a class every term in whatever interests you at the time.

    Learn Sign Language

    You can learn the basics from books and online tutorials.

    Take up Parkour

    Sometimes hobbies don’t cost a lot of money to do, but can end up costing a lot of money if you aren’t careful when you are doing them. Parkour is a good example of this. Go for it if it’s something you think you would enjoy — just don’t hurt yourself or do anything illegal.

    Planking

    There are some strange hobbies that take off for unknown reasons. Planking is one of these. Again, don’t do anything illegal or get hurt.

    Geocaching or Letterboxing

    If you already have a GPS capbable device, you can get into geocaching for little money. If not, try letterboxing which is much the same but uses old school supplies like a compass and paper. You’ll defintely get to know some out of the way places even in areas that you thought you knew well.

    Storm Chasing

    Please, don’t get killed. Seriously.

    Meteorology

    If storm chasing isn’t your thing, you can still follow the weather with your own wind gauge, thermometer and barometer. Learn about clouds, storms, and get better at reading changing weather patterns.

    Graphic Design

    If painting with actual paint’s not your thing, you can try graphic design. There are a lot of free software programs available online.

    Hobbies are limited by your imagination. For more ideas, visit your local community college or look at some community bulletin boards to see what kinds of activities are being taught or offered. You’ll likely find that many of these offerings are free or low cost and may become your next hobby. Just be sure that you don’t get so involved in the hobby that is ends up being a cause of unemployment — or if you do love it so much, make sure that you take the steps to make your hobby a money earner.

     

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  • [Article 74]10 Expensive Hobbies Of The Rich And Famous

     

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    Hobbies are simply fun activities that people enjoy doing during their free time. Since different people have different tastes and preferences, hobbies vary from one person to another. There are people who love reading and there are others who prefer swimming or cycling. In this article, our focus will be on expensive hobbies of the rich and famous. Forget about reading and cycling for a minute and think about how the rich spend their free time.

    Some of the hobbies the rich prefer cost a fortune to engage in. The rich, however, choose these hobbies over many other cheap ones simply because they can afford them. The expensive hobbies that will be featured in this article cost a fortune to pursue from the eyes of ordinary citizens. Most people actually see no reasons to engage in such hobbies when they have the option of spending less than $100 to have a good time. What most of these people fail to understand is that they would probably pursue the same hobbies the rich pursue if money wasn’t a limiting factor.

    If you are interested in finding out how the rich and famous spend their free time, you are in the right place. Below is a list of 10 most expensive hobbies of the rich and famous.

    10. Race Car Driving: 15 Minutes on Track – $360

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    Race car driving also makes it to this list because this hobby is extremely fun and expensive at the same time. Every race car fanatic wants to spend their free time driving one of the fastest race cars on the planet. The problem is this hobby costs a fortune. A 15 minute race car driving experience on a professional race car track costs approximately $360 excluding annual registration fees and other costs such as insurance. The best way to enjoy this hobby is actually owning a race car which can easily surpass the $1 million mark. Judging from this, race car driving is clearly out of the reach of ordinary citizens which is why it makes it to this list.

    9. Yacht Racing: Renting a Yatch – $5,000

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    This hobby clearly deserves to be in the top 5 on this list simply because of the cost of hiring a yacht let alone owning one. Yachts are toys reserved for multimillionaires and billionaires. Considering some yachts can cost more than a staggering $800 million, it is easy to see why only the rich and famous can afford this hobby. Even if you were to consider renting the cheapest yacht for racing purposes, it would still be expensive considering the rates range from $5,000 upwards per day. You wouldn’t, however, be able to enter serious Yacht racing events like the Volvo Ocean Race held in Dubai every year. You are better off being a spectator if you are not a multimillionaire or billionaire.

    8. Travelling Around the World: Round Trip – $10,000

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    This hobby also makes it to the list simply because exploring the world costs a fortune. Many rich and famous people like Eva Longoria, Jay Z, Beyonce and Prince William have been on record saying they love travelling around the world. Although this hobby is shared by very many people, very few can afford to travel beyond borders. This is simply because air travel is expensive let alone other related costs like accommodation and food. A round trip from one country to another can cost from $10,000 to millions depending on factors such as; length of stay, mode of transport, type of accommodation e.t.c. When you consider these factors among many others, it is obvious why this hobby is reserved for the rich only.

    7. Horse Breeding: Maintenance – $40,000

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    If you thought horse racing was an expensive hobby, think again. Horse breeding is way out of the league of individuals who aren’t worth millions. This is simply because you have to buy the right filly or colt which usually costs a couple hundred thousand dollars to millions depending on factors like horse breeds. This is excluding other costs like feeding, stable and grooming costs. According to the most recent estimates, the cost of maintaining a racing horse per year is approximately $40,000. This translates to millions per year when you are breeding many horses. This clearly shows how expensive this hobby can be.

    6. Flying: Aviation Classes – $100,000

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    Many people dream of one day being in control of an airplane and making it obey your every command. Very few people actually realize this dream simply because of the cost implications. Attending aviation classes alone costs over $100,000 in the most basic aviation schools. This explains why only rich and famous like John Travolta can afford this hobby. This hobby definitely deserves to be on this list when you consider the cost of buying, maintaining and fueling a plane. This hobby is way out of the league of many people which is why it makes it to this list. The cost of training as a pilot is enough to scare away ordinary citizens from pursuing this hobby.

    5. Antique Collection: Persian Silk Carpet – $257,000

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    The rich and famous also love this hobby because of its uniqueness. Collecting unique antiques can be very exciting if you love history, exciting and mystical stories. Although admiring antique collections like rare coins and century old carpets from a distance won’t cost you a dime, owning such items costs a fortune which is why this hobby is reserved for the rich only. Considering a 150 year old handmade carpet (Persian silk) costs $257,000 on Souq.com, it is clear why this hobby makes it to this list. You need a number of unique items to qualify as an antique collector.

    4. Keeping Exotic Pets: Cheetah Cub – $315,500

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    Since the rich and famous have a lot of money to spend, most of them who love wild animals such as Mike Tyson, Kristen Stewart prefer to keep exotic pets instead of having to go to the zoo every time they want to see a lion, tiger, giant snake, bear, cheetah, etc… Exotic pets cost a fortune to buy especially if they are endangered. When you consider the cost of acquiring a license to keep exotic pets at home and the cost of caring and feeding the pets, the cost can easily skyrocket to millions every year. This is considering a cheetah cub costs approximately $314,500 to buy. When you consider the above information, it is easy to see why this hobby makes it to this list.

    3. High Stakes Poker: Million Dollar Buy-In

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    As the name suggests, you stand to lose a lot when you play high stakes poker. This is the kind of poker that requires million-dollar buy-ins and payouts. Anyone can play poker, but very few people can afford to pay high stakes poker. If you don’t have millions to risk, this hobby isn’t for you. This explains why high stakes poker is a hobby reserved for the rich and famous such as the Jay Z’s and Floyd Mayweather‘s of this world. If you love poker but you don’t have millions in the bank or expensive assets like jewelry or artwork to buy in high stakes poker games, you are better off playing regular poker.

    2. Collecting Vintage Cars: 1937 57S Bugatti – $4.4 Million

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    This hobby comes in second on this list because of the cost of the most expensive vintage cars in the world. Not everyone can afford the 1937 57S Buggati which costs $4.4 million or the 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car which costs $29.6 million. The price tags on these cars clearly show why this hobby makes it to second place in this list and why only people such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, or fashion mogul Ralph Lauren are able to maintain this hobby.

    1. Collecting Art: Triptych – $142 Million

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    This hobby takes the number one spot on the most expensive hobbies of the rich and famous because of the price of the most expensive paintings in the world. The most expensive artwork ever sold is the Triptych which costs a whopping $142 million. It doesn’t get more expensive than this when it comes to hobbies. Considering you have to buy artwork to enjoy it, this hobby clearly deserves to be number one in this list.

     

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  • [Article 75]Top 8 Most Expensive Hobbies Rich People Have

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    Expensive Hobbies for Rich People

    When it comes to leisure, rich people are in a very fortunate position, as their wealth can buy almost any type of expensive hobby. This is why instead of the regular activities such as swimming or playing football in the local park, rich people choose art collecting, playing polo, sailing and many other fancy hobbies.

    In this article we are going to look some of the expensive hobbies of rich people, and what is it that attracts them to spend their wealth and time on these actives. For those of you who can afford to have any hobby you want, this article may give you some interesting tips to spend your free time.

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    1. Sailing

    It goes without saying that sailing is an activity almost everyone would like to take part in. The idea of escaping the busy city life to sail away on a luxurious yacht and enjoy the fresh breeze of the sea is indeed very inviting.

    Most rich people love to sail, and some of them even buy their own yachts. It is a great hobby, a way to revitalize the mind and the body, and escape everyday worries. This is especially a preferred hobby for successful business people or celebrities, that are always keen to relax out of the spotlight.

    A rich person spends around $2m to purchase a yacht, and could go up to $100,000 a month for maintenance costs.Therefore, sailing is an expensive hobby, reserved for rich people and a very rare activity for a medium class earner.

     

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    2. Polo

    Polo is yet another hobby exclusive to the wealthier side of our society, as practicing this sport involves very high costs.

    On average, a polo member spends around $30,000 to join a club and, buy the horse and any other equipment. Athat, monthly costs go up to $2 000 or more.

    Rich people enjoy the challenge and luxury of this sport, as it’s definitely not something many people get to experience in their life time. Polo is a fine combination of luxury and sport.

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    3. Art Collecting

    Art collection is a sophisticated and expensive hobby, only available to a selected few, that have the funds to spend on it. Those who are fortunate enough to be able to purchase and enjoy famous paintings, sculptures and other valuable art objects usually enjoy building their own collections. Wealthy people often attend art auctions and exhibitions, where they purchase their art. Some people also use art collecting as an investment rather than just a hobby, and it is very common for rich people to have personal art advisers that help them make the right investments. Art collecting is definitely an expensive hobby, probably one of the most expensive hobbies in the world, as a single painting can cost more than a $100m.

    4. Dressage

    Dressage and horse riding is a great activity, filled with thrill and adventure. However, the costs are very high to purchase horses and maintain an environment for horse riding. Most rich people buy properties in remote areas, where they have massive fields to ride their horses and escape their busy lives. Usually they have experts in dressage that help them ride the horses and learn all the tricks.

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    5. Flying Hot Air Balloons

    Hot air balloons are very unique and available to a selected few, due to the expensive costs of embarking on such a flight. Rich people are fortunate to afford flying on the gigantic balloons, and often they purchase their own and learn how to fly it themselves. Most hot air balloons are sold for just under $50 000, and it costs a further $2000-$4000 to learn how to fly it. However, for someone that can afford such an expensive hobby, a hot air balloon flight is definitely a memorable experience. It’s a great activity for a group of friends and even more for a family with children.

    6. Private Train Rides

    A private train ride is another luxury among the expensive hobbies of rich people. Many celebrities and wealthy people like to travel across countries in a private train, where they can design the place to their own taste and make it feel like home. It’s definitely a more comfortable experience than flying, as the train allows individuals to have complete freedom of movement. There is no worry about turbulence and sometimes the landscapes seen from the train windows are breathtaking. This can be both a hobby and a mode of transport. Whilst some rich people enjoy the experience, others simply use it as an alternative to flying. Either way, it’s a luxury reserved for the rich, as a train ticket is expensive enough, not to mention a private train ride.

    7. Flying

    Flying is a wonderful hobby and most rich people enjoy learning how to fly their own helicopters or small planes. Flying lessons, for helicopters or small private planes (usually two-seaters) cost over $5 000. A two-seater plan costs around $20 000, but they can also be rented for the flight period. However, when cash is not a problem, learning how to fly is definitely an amazing experience and is not a surprise that many rich people love to practice it as a hobby.

    8. Drag Racing

    Racing with dragsters is a thrill, and a highly priced activity as only the car can cost up to $1m. However, rich people are fortunate to afford this exciting hobby. Those who love speed will instantly fall in love with drag racing, as the cars can reach up to 300 mph in a matter of seconds.

    Hobbies without a Budget

    The 8 expensive hobbies discussed in this article are only a fraction of the many luxurious activities rich people are fortunate to enjoy. Some of the actives are especially preferred by celebrities, that can escape the spotlight and go sail the ocean, ride horses on empty fields or fly in private planes. Other hobbies are very sophisticated, such as art collecting or polo playing.

    There are also many thrilling activities, such as drag racing and hot balloon flying, that anyone would love to experience but the prices are targeted at wealthier pockets.

    Each expensive hobby is an opportunity to try something new and unique. If you are able to afford any of the expensive hobbies listed in this article, you are very likely to love it and have the time of your life.

     

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