Cheap Hobbies?

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  1. nootje

    nootje Senior member

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    Learn to cook. You have to eat so you need to spend the money regardless.

    +1, plus women love it when a guy cooks.

    I'm building a decent library for not very much. When I have nothing to do I go to thrift shops and buy books. Feels good to find books like War and Peace for like a buck.

    these two.

    Cooking a grand meal has helped me and some friends through many a boring day in my university years.. Shopping at local markets for better produce, taking the time to prepare something properly worked like a charm.. Plus the added vitamins helped offset the braincells killed in nightly drinking binges (i hope)

    Reading works great, and having read a lot will help you being a better conversationalist later on in life...
     


  2. yjeezle

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    lol @ whoever said golf was a cheap hobby.

    it's not TOO bad. shop either on the bay or find some used clubs. you don't have to get premium clubs and you can get unlimited/other plans.

    Sure, it'll be more expensive than some other hobbies but taking out the initial investment (equipment) it'll be around $100 per month.
     


  3. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    bushcraft/survivalist preparation.

    I'm almost done preparing for a nuclear fallout. I have most of the necessary equipments to survive basics like earthquakes, hurricanes, and home invasion. You can spend a ton of time for basics like choosing a tent, a gun, backpack, water purification systems.....and this of course includes all the other suggested hobbies--cooking, fishing, hunting, sewing, first-aid, cabinetry, leatherwork, etc. skills you'll need to survive in the absence of government or steady source of food--which need to be learned individually. If you don't have money right now, then spend time learning. Read up on disaster scenarios and practice how you would go about it when the shit hits the fan.


    I'm afraid after I spent forever preping for such a catastrophic disaster, to be instantly killed ie, when i'm sleeping the roofing caves in and kills me, and I would not be able to use anything.


    as others mentioned cooking is always great, rock climbing,

    perhaps investing, if you don't already. You can spend a lot of time researching different companies etc looking for opportunities, start small with what you can afford, or just paper trade until you get money.

    Start a blog, or a forum, or if you have a little to invest a small webstore. Make money on advertising via a blog or forum, or sell some products, maybe you'll turn it into a large business.
     


  4. acidboy

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    it's not TOO bad. shop either on the bay or find some used clubs. you don't have to get premium clubs and you can get unlimited/other plans.

    Sure, it'll be more expensive than some other hobbies but taking out the initial investment (equipment) it'll be around $100 per month.


    in that case I'd say cycling (whether road or mountain) is also a cheap hobby.
     


  5. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    it's not TOO bad. shop either on the bay or find some used clubs. you don't have to get premium clubs and you can get unlimited/other plans.

    Sure, it'll be more expensive than some other hobbies but taking out the initial investment (equipment) it'll be around $100 per month.


    $100 a month? What do you do, golf twice a month?
     


  6. djlukin

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    Riding a bike, reading a book. Simple, cheap. Use Amazon for used books...
     


  7. yjeezle

    yjeezle Senior member

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    $100 a month? What do you do, golf twice a month?

    no, i pay $60 bucks per month for unlimited range balls and discounted course rates (reg. price $40 but with the membership, i can play a round at twilight for ~10 bucks; the normal course fee is $60 for a round)
     


  8. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Wow, that's a pretty sweet deal. I'd be all over that if there was something like that close to me.
     


  9. Ebonyman

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    Slot car racing in 1/32 scale. Can be relatively inexpensive if you have any self control and don't buy every new car that's offered...
     


  10. acidboy

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    Slot car racing in 1/32 scale. Can be relatively inexpensive if you have any self control and don't buy every new car that offered...

    this is styleforum. self control does not exist here.
     


  11. MikeDT

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    Bus spotting. You see a bus, then write down it's type, fleet number and route number in your little notebook. So much cheaper than golf or losing at poker.

    Learn Mongolian and/or Mandarin, this can be very useful and productive, much more so than MMORPGs.
     


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  13. cptjeff

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    I'm building a decent library for not very much. When I have nothing to do I go to thrift shops and buy books. Feels good to find books like War and Peace for like a buck.

    At home, I live near about the best used bookstore on the planet. Dirt cheap for a lot of stuff, since they move volume. Of everything. From DVDs to MP3 players to used videogames, game systems, vinyl, and, of course, books. In a building that used to serve as a warehouse. It's a great place to spend time. And money.

    As with anything else us obsessives latch onto, it can become a problem. Along with cheap books from Amazon, either ones that are past their big release, with bookstores clearing them out, or lightly used stuff somebody just wants to get out of the house, libraries can be built for cheap.

    And rather than the paranoid survivalist crap, take up backpacking or something. Get some decent gear used off the web, and get your ass up a mountain. Or, if you can find a decent road bike at a yard sale or such (not all that hard- you ain't gonna get top end stuff with carbon frames, but certainly something good enough for playing around with), biking is fun too.
     


  14. Matt

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    no mention of photography?

    I mean, yup, it can get expensive if you go and get all lens obsessed, but assuming some self restraint, than a few hundred one time cost and you have a hell of a time sink and a very cool skill.
     


  15. gwolf

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    yeah i love the driving range as well. also great thread been thinking about curtailing the more materialistic expenditures like clothes/ watches and just take up a hobby.

    also what about dog breeding? you can play with them for hours, take them for walks, pick up chicks, etc...

    willpower's suggestion is awesome though. improv is nice as well.
     


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