15 Best Hobbies To Try Today on A Budget

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Starting a new hobby can do so many things for you. You can learn a new skill, make money from your hobby, or simply gain a ton of happiness from spending time doing something you enjoy.

I make it a mission to try a new hobby every year. Some hobbies have been more on the expensive side (mountain biking and rock climbing), but I’ve found other hobbies that work on a budget. 

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Here are 15 hobbies to try this year (that can also make you smarter!).

1. Achieve your money goals 

Do you have a goal to pay off debt or start saving for your future? I paid off $40,000 in student loan and consumer debt last year and now I’m saving half of my income and putting it toward savings and retirement.

I grew up in a household that didn’t know how to manage money, so I taught myself. Learning how to pay off debt and save for your future is so empowering. 

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2. Start a blog based on your hobby

This blog started out purely as a hobby and it’s been SO much fun to grow ever since starting in 2013 (I was only 20 when I started this blog!). 

In 2016, I started taking this blog seriously. I made over $80,000 in my senior year of college (that’s me in my first major feature by Forbes!).

What are your favorite things to do in your free time? 

How about creating a blog and monetizing about:

  • Weight Loss
  • Plant-Based or Keto Living
  • Food and Recipes
  • Pets
  • DIY Projects
  • Photography
  • Knitting or Crocheting

Blogging isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work. It’s not for everyone. I had to work for free for a long time to build this business from the ground up. If you feel that you can help people with a blog and inspire others to live better lives, a blog is a great way to do that. I make money with ad revenue, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and selling my own digital products.

Start a blog today for just $2.95/month with my step-by-step tutorial here. It’s easy, painless, and takes less than 20 minutes to start a blog of your own. With my link, you get a discount from $7.99/month to $2.95/month.

Are you not sure where to start on creating a profitable blog? I recommend checking out this course roadmap to figure out where you should get started first!

3. Read a book

Reading books is one of my favorite hobbies because you can learn SO much and gain new skills.

I taught myself how to eat plant-based, crochet & knit, start a garden and grow indoor houseplants, and so much more all from books. 

Here are some of my favorite lists of books to read:

4. Learn new productivity habits

I really do believe learning how to be productive is a hobby that turns into a skill. When you’re maximizing productivity, you’re hitting your goals and giving more time for yourself. It’s giving yourself freedom in a time when we are always so *busy*. 

The Ultimate Productivity Bundle teaches you how to reach your goals and free up more time for yourself with guides, courses, and printables. 

You get things like:

  • Daily Planners
  • Goal Planners
  • Goal Setting Courses
  • Home Management Courses & Guides
  • Mindset And Self Care Guides
  • Productivity At Work Resources
  • Time Management Resources

You learn things like:

  • Plan the perfect morning routine to start every day well
  • Set meaningful goals for your day, month, & year.
  • Write a strategic to-do list you can actually finish
  • Break through mental blocks keeping you from being confident and productive
  • Get more done in less timeby managing & tracking your time
  • Stay motivated throughout the day with simple motivation “recipes”
  • Plan the perfect evening routine to end every day well

You can get the Ultimate Productivity Bundle here.

5. Work on growing you

Once I started growing my mindset, my relationships, business, and life got so much better. Work on changing your thoughts, feelings, and you’ll naturally change your actions, creating your dream life. I know this because I did this myself. 

If you need help changing your life, completing your goals, and creating your dream life, I recommend Dream Year.

Dream Year is a guide all about achieving your goals and feeling good while doing it. In Dream Year, you get:

  • 190+ pages of content
  • Part I includes lessons that teach you how to master your mind and achieve your goals
  • Part II includes 3 workbook templates
  • Part III includes extras that will help you succeed
  • There are lessons on goal setting, failure, planning, burnout, time management, and productivity
  • The templates can be used for yearly, monthly, and weekly planning
  • This is the formula for mastering your mind so you achieve your goals and feel better long-term

You can learn more about Dream Year here.

6. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is a fun way to expand your skillset, improve your resume, and meet new people around the world. 

I recommend reading Fluent Forever which is written by someone who speaks 6 languages fluently. This book teaches you how to learn strategies that show you how to learn any langauge fast and never forget it. 

The free app Duolingo teaches you languages like Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, and many other languages. 

7. Meditate 

Meditating has so many benefits like reducing stress and anxiety and improving focus and productivity. It’s simple to do and doesn’t require you to spend any money.

You can learn how to start meditating here.

A simple 5-10 minutes a day of meditating can do so much over time.  

8. Exercise

There are so many different exercise activities to choose from, so you’re bound to find something you enjoy. 

Most people resort to going to the gym, but if you hate the gym, find a physical activity that makes you happy. 

You can try things like:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Dancing
  • Kickboxing
  • Martial Arts
  • CrossFit
  • Pole Dancing
  • Yoga

A fun way to try out new things is with ClassPass. ClassPass works in major cities and lets you try new workout classes for a low price. Unforatnely, my small town doesn’t offer ClassPass but I really wish it did so I could go to different studios each month. 

9. Make recipes

I used to hate cooking, but now I’m making new recipes at least twice a week. Cooking used to overwhelm and intimidate me, so I make sure to make recipes that don’t need a bunch of fancy ingredients.

My favorite recipe books I use at my house:

10. Start an outdoor garden or become an indoor plant mom

Gardening and taking care of indoor house plants are so much fun. While most people think they don’t have a green thumb, there’s really no such thing. You can start with easy plants and learn how to take care of them.

I was gifted Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing and Caring for Indoor Houseplants. It’s SO helpful and easy to understand. My boyfriend’s mom also gifted me with the Horti pet-friendly plant subscription

Even if you live in an apartment complex or condo, you can still plant a garden and grow your own fruits and vegetables. You can use a Garden Planter and set it on your patio to grow whichever herbs or vegetables. 

11. Crochet or knit

I’ve been knitting for a few years and just started crocheting this year. It’s so fun to start a completely new hobby.

Either of these hobbies teaches you how to make things on your own. Instead of buying scarves, hats, sweaters, etc., you can create your own or gift them to others. You can learn how to crochet or knit for free on YouTube. There are tons of tutorials for beginners. 

If you follow me on Instagram, I sometimes share my creations there. 

This blog went viral on Ravelry a couple of years ago because I said knitting/crocheting is inexpensive. In my opinion, it is. I only buy yarn from Michaels and make sure to use coupons whenever I shop (I live in a small town and there are no local yarn shops). 

12. Get a penpal

A penpal is a fun way to meet another person from the other side of the world. In 5th grade, I had a penpal and we would send each other letters and gifts. It was so much fun.

A penpal has so many benefits. You can write to someone in another language to improve your skills, Skype with them to practice your verbal skills, and more.

You can learn how to find a penpal here.

13. Volunteer

Volunteering is one of the best hobbies to start because you can experiment with literally anything for free.

You can use VolunteerMatch.org to find volunteer opportunities near you. An added bonus of this site is you can filter out which kind of volunteer project you want to start, such as advocacy, animals, seniors, community, and more. 

I’ve been volunteering since I was 16 years old and learned so many things about the world and myself. It’s a great way to start a new hobby at no cost at all. 

You can volunteer at:

  • Animal Sanctuaries
  • Hospice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Libraries
  • National Parks
  • Museums
  • Senior Centers
  • Meals On Wheels

14. Bullet journaling

Bullet journaling is a fun way to reflect on the past, create goals for your future, and live more in the present. It allows you to be creative and live a more intentional life by writing out what’s in your mind.

This is a fun, low-cost hobby that has no rules or expectations. 

15. Home improvement

Upgrading and improving your home is a fun way to work with your hands and create your dream home on a budget. You may be surprised by what you can do yourself without hiring anyone. 

The Ultimate Guide To Home Repair And Improvement teaches you how to upgrade your home on a budget. Included are 3,400 photos and illustrations with 325 step-by-step DIY projects. 

There are definitely times when you should hire a professional to do a specific project, but little things around the house can be improved with no extra help. 

Read: 10 DIY Home Decor Ideas For Budgeters

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What are your favorite hobbies? Share in the comments! 🙂

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