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post #46 of 85
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post #47 of 85
Get a high maintenance girlfriend.
post #48 of 85
The best playing yoyos can be had between 40-120. If you start collecting it gets expensive, but just playing can be relatively cheap.
post #49 of 85
If you have free time, it's an opportunity to become the kind of person you've always wanted to be. For me, this would include: I've always wanted to pick up some music theory/classical music appreciation. Learn a language. Lots of cheap/free practice groups. Run/Lift/Swim Read - between used books (used book stores/thrift stores) and free electronic books, it's incredibly cheap and enriching. Cook Learn to sew or garden or draw or do ceramics or paint or write or write to friends or fix up your house on the cheap or
post #50 of 85
I endorse cooking as well, although classes can be expensive. Mixology is a nice complement. Or learning about wine, if that's more your speed.

When I was looking for a physical activity hobby, I chose rock climbing over kayaking and mountain biking because I live in an apartment (no room to store large pieces of equipment) and do not have a car (can't get to places not accessible by public transportation). I paid around $160 to $170 for basic equipment and pay $65/month for a membership to a rock climbing gym.

A sports league is an inexpensive way to meet new people. I played indoor bocce for two seasons.
post #51 of 85
Birding.

Won't get you laid. But all you need is a cheap pair of binoculars, a $15 field guide and a lot of time.
post #52 of 85
I don't get the hate on MMOs...by people who then suggest golf. Golf is not going to make you svelte and is just a fun activity to play around with friends (OP probably isn't in the business of doing business on the golf course or he would already know how to play).

MMOs are the same thing. Sure blizzard could shut down WoW, but there are still transferable skills (mostly from group situations) that would carry over right into any other game or into the real world. You slap down $12 a month for as much entertainment as you would like--better than watching some terrible TV when you are bored.

If I needed something to fill up my time (and didn't have a job where I sat on the computer all day and potential wrist issues that caused me to avoid heavy computer use outside work), I would definitely consider an MMO again. I sold my WoW account for about the same amount I paid in fees...so it was basically free entertainment.

If that's not your thing, I would also suggest cycling. It *can* get really expensive, especially if you want to get competitive, but it doesn't have to. I spend a fair amount of time maintaining and building bikes. Bike parts are pretty resilient so it is not hard to find old things that just need some refurbishing to be ready to go again...I raced 2 seasons of cyclocross without any major expense--started on an old mtn bike I had, and than built up a bike for the second season out of mostly used/free items with the largest expense being ~$150 for wheels.
I am almost finished building up a town-bike for groceries and such...total expense for everything (lot of scrounged up bits) is under $200 over the course of about a year.
post #53 of 85
Coke and Hookers.
post #54 of 85
Chess and/or Go.
post #55 of 85
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Get a high maintenance girlfriend.

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Coke and Hookers.

All viable hobbies, but all wallet-drainers. I know for sure two of the three are
post #56 of 85
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MMORPGs
A lot of others have commented, but let me stress that nothing good can come from MMOs. At best, it's pure, pointless entertainment that leaves you with nothing but time spent. For many, MMOs can suck up all their free time (this describes my sophomore year of college, before I wised up). At worst, they can completely destroy your life, causing some people to lose jobs, tuition spent on failed classes, relationships.... I've seen the latter happen to more than few people. Anyway, here're my suggestions: A fitness/athletic pursuit. Cheap, yes, but they make you healthier, make you feel better, make you look better, increase your self-confidence, and ultimately - and this is why we do anything and everything, isn't it? - will help you get more poon. If I had to recommend one activity, it would be something like "Crossfit," providing a wide range of benefits from one activity. But if you're willing to entertain the notion of "physical fitnees" as a hobby, I'd suggest both strength training and cardio training, coupled with a martial art, or martial sport. Useful skills that are applicable in real life. Slot car racing and bird watching and so on might be fun (?), but outside of entertaining one's self, what use do they have? If you're going to spend the time, why not learn something that it both enjoyable and practical? This is a forum dedicated to clothing, right? Learn how to sew. $200 will get you a good, entry-level sewing machine (I have a Brother CS-6000i, which I like very much), and another $50 or so will pay for a few initial classes at a local fabric/craft store. As others have suggested, learning a new language is never a bad thing. You can test the waters quite cheaply (or, if you have no scruples with piracy, for free) with audio programs like "Learn In Your Car" and "Drive Time." If you like it, and once you have the basics, you can pick up an old textbook at half.com for a few bucks. If you're really smart, you'll look for local social groups who meet up to practice/speak their common language. You can find groups like this in most non-small cities. Like motorcycles? By buyuing a cheap, beater bike on Craigslist, and fixing it up yourself, you can have a dependable bike for anywhere from $500 to $1500 bucks (which, after the initial purchase of a couple hundred, will be spent over time) Don't have a garage? Live in an apartment? No problem! I've built several bikes in the living rooms of my apartments. Once, when I lived on the 3rd story of a building, I finished a bike, then pulled the engine, and had my friends help me carry it downstairs to the street. 45 minutes of wrenchin' on the curb, and it was ready to roll. HAM radio operation (which can be cheap, if you do your homework) will be a valuable skill when society collapses. So will small electronics construction and repair; if you can turn an electric motor into a generator, and cobble together miscellaneous solar panels to make something useful, you'll be a very popular guy. Marksmanship will be a useful SHTF skill, too. You can get a cheap, .22 rifle at a pawn shop for $100 or less. Buy a couple boxes of ammo (two, maybe three cents per cartridge), and head the local range ($20 per session). If you can afford a bit more, I'd strongly suggest buying a new rifle. I made a few good suggestions in this thread. Once you're able to put a shot about where you want it to land, you can go hunt rabbits and squirrels. And so on, and so forth...
post #57 of 85
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This is a forum dedicated to clothing, right? Learn how to sew. $200 will get you a good, entry-level sewing machine (I have a Brother CS-6000i, which I like very much), and another $50 or so will pay for a few initial classes at a local fabric/craft store.
Then he also might be interested in this forum.
post #58 of 85
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Then he also might be interested in this forum.

I've considered getting a decent cheap used sewing machine and figuring out how to nicely take in shirts and stuff. I'm kind of funny shaped so a lot of things are hard to fit right. Dress shirts are *ok* (could be better) since they come in so many fittings and with necks to the .5in and sleeves to the inch...but other stuff can be hard to get body to fit right with length (I'm tall with a giant breastbone that gives me a reasonable drop...a lot of places have trouble reconciling tall+large chest != large waist).
post #59 of 85
masturbation
post #60 of 85
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I don't get the hate on MMOs...by people who then suggest golf. Golf is not going to make you svelte and is just a fun activity to play around with friends (OP probably isn't in the business of doing business on the golf course or he would already know how to play).

MMOs are the same thing. Sure blizzard could shut down WoW, but there are still transferable skills (mostly from group situations) that would carry over right into any other game or into the real world. You slap down $12 a month for as much entertainment as you would like--better than watching some terrible TV when you are bored.

because i can honestly say my WoW addiction ruined my relationship and my grades freshman year of college. I wised up and learned how to manage my cravings for playing an MMORPG.

Why do I recommend golf? Because if you play and you're semi-decent, you will get invited to go play golf. You will also play rounds at prestige courses. FOR FREE.

You will get the respect of your managers/higher-ups if they are playing with you and you may get that promotion faster. Playing golf is a great way to schmooze (really the only life skill one needs)
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