Hobbies & Spending
I admit I’m a bit of a dilettante when it comes to… a lot of things. I’ll try any new sport activity at least once (except team sports – blech!). I’ll try most any thing once, actually, even with the full knowledge I probably won’t ever do it again, as long as I don’t have to invest a bunch of start-up money.
Right now I have a few hobbies that take up a most of my free time.
- Running: Racing, training, and all things running. On a good week, I run 20+ miles. On a good marathon training week, that would be 40+. I’m not super fast, so that is 6-7 hours of training, plus associated changing into clothes and showering and such. Now that I’m not really racing, it is more like 3-5 hours.
- Reading Books: I really go through phases, but I’ve been spending a lot of spare time reading lately. Also, I double up this with running by listening to audiobooks. 🙂
- Blogging & Reading Blogs: This is a a pretty big time suck, but I’d never give it up. Note that most of my time is spent reading other blogs rather than maintaining this one. I don’t think I could stop writing if I wanted to. Even if I stopped maintaining a blog, I have personal writings about life (for myself), and… I can’t help but do that. I’ve been doing it my whole life. This is a hobby you can even make money from if you are interested! (I don’t.)
- Backpacking/hiking: Generally, this is just a weekend activity, but it can easily take a few weekends out of my summer.
- Traveling and travel planning: Is this really a hobby or not? I spend a lot of time daydreaming and researching itineraries, so I’ll say yes. It’s probably one of my favorite ways to waste time online. Traveling itself falls beyond “hobby” in my mind, but it is still something I spend a fair amount of my income on.
With the exception of traveling, these are relatively cheap. Running can get expensive, but only if I race a lot. Races are expensive, but provide motivation. Most of my books come to my kindle via the library, and all of you are kind enough to entertain me with your blogging. A lot of my hobby money is spent on exercise/fitness clothing and/or trying out new things like kayaking or snowboarding.
What about you? What are your favorite frugal hobbies? Do you have any hobbies that are budget busters?