Hobbies serve so many purposes. They’re a fun, creative outlet that relieves stress, helps with mental health, and enables you to try something new. And they can be a great way to indulge in passions without spending an arm and a leg, if you think outside the box.
Here are some great ideas from Three Wild Horses for hobbies to try and skills to learn that won’t break the bank.
Love dogs? Why not become your dog’s trainer! You’ll want to learn some techniques first, and there are many online resources to consult. As pet services site Rover.com advises, “Useful in so many situations, “sit” is often the first command dogs learn. In fact, most dogs “sit” on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior.”
Start with learning commands, and then move to more advanced skills and, depending on the breed, you can branch out into show, agility, Frisbee or therapy dog training, too.
Tune In to Instruments
Make a little music. Why not learn how to play a new instrument—or dust off the piano or guitar, take a few lessons and treat yourself to a weekly jam session or two. Playing music makes you smarter because it stimulates your brain. It improves your patience, too. Completely new to music and not sure what instrument to try? Here’s a list of the 10 best musical instruments beginners.
Get Happy with Mad Money
Fill out online surveys to earn a little mad money! Dozens of sites exist currently and, yes, some are a little sketchy, but other surveys are completely legit and will pay you in PayPal or gift cards. Check out this list of online surveys that pays you to share your opinion on a wide range of topics.
Launch a Blog
Love to write? Start a blog! Many professional bloggers started as hobbyists who found a niche market and audience and parlayed that hobby into a paid gig. This resource is a great step-by-step beginner’s guide to creating a blog.
Need to declutter? Love hitting yard sales to find hidden treasures? Why not take that hobby a step further (and clean out your attic in the process) by buying or re-selling things online. There’s a whole wealth of re-selling websites like eBay, Craigslist, Facebook buy/sell/trade groups, Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, and more. Here’s a list of 27 apps to sell your stuff locally and online.
Listen to Podcasts
Want to know what’s happening in the world? Curious about how to more efficiently manage finances? There’s a podcast for every possible topic out there. Whether you’re looking for pure entertainment, knowledge, or a mixture of both, try these popular favorites, which Cnet lists as the best of 2021 so far.
Have a secret yen for video games? Some sites will pay you to play their games! Why not parlay that passion into something that pays you back. Whether it’s bingo, investment games, or multiplayer RPGs, there’s a slew of sites that will pay you to play.
Interested in Investing?
Curious about growing your nest egg? You can learn about investing and take it up as a hobby, especially if you have some disposable income with which to experiment. You can investigate online brokers, like Ally Invest (formerly TradeKing) that allows you to trade for $4.95 a pop. With just $100, you can dip your toe into the market and grow that nest egg, with a combo of savvy and luck.
Who knows? You could transform this hobby into a legitimate business, though it’s important to understand what you need to do to register as a business in your state before you jump in (for instance, some people choose to register their business as an LLC).
Family Game Night
Get the whole family involved with your hobby by starting a family game night (or day). It’s the perfect activity for wintertime or bad weather days. Whether it’s competitive board games including Monopoly, or more collaborative games such as Forbidden Island, the game selection has exploded with options.
This list barely scratches the surface of activities to try in lieu of spending a day stretched on the couch binge watching your favorite Netflix show, but nothing wrong with doing that, too, on occasion. You can slot most of these hobbies into just an hour—or more—a week. Just remember, it’s worth it to make time to indulge in something fun that will widen your social circle, increase your knowledge, build your skills, enrich your life and bring you joy.
Ready to spend some of that mad money you earned? Horse lovers can find a beautiful variety of horse-themed apparel, accessories, home decor, health and wellness items and more at Three Wild Horses.
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