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                Enjoy Your Hobbies Without Breaking the Bank

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                Engaging in hobbies is a fantastic way to relax, de-stress and expand your interests.  Unfortunately, though, from expensive equipment to pricey training, hobbies can be a big strain on your budget. The good news is, you can pursue your passions without draining your wallet. Here are five ways to save on hobbies while still doing what you love.

                Choose your favorites

                Your first step is to prioritize your hobbies. Determine which hobbies bring you the most joy and fulfillment, then allocate your time toward pursuing these while leaving the rest for another time in your life. By focusing on just two or three hobbies, you’ll be able to allocate your funds and time more efficiently. 

                Set a budget

                Like any other expense category in your life, your hobbies need a budget. Take a minute to calculate how much you spend on your hobbies each month, then assess whether it is affordable or needs trimming. When you’ve reached a reasonable number, incorporate this expense as part of your monthly budget. Having a set amount to spend on hobbies each month will help you keep these expenses under control.

                Pursue free hobbies

                Another great way to save on recreational costs is to pursue hobbies that cost no money at all. For example, you can embrace the great outdoors and take up a pastime like birdwatching or stargazing. Get your workout and hobby fix in one go with a long, adrenaline-pumping hike. You can also take up genealogy by organizing old family photos, reviewing family records and researching your family history online. Sometimes, the best things in life truly are free!

                Buy second-hand equipment

                Lots of hobbies require specialized equipment, which can be super-pricey. Instead of blowing big bucks on new equipment, tap into the enormous market of second-hand equipment. You can find gently used sports gear, musical instruments and crafting supplies on sites like Craigslist and eBay for a fraction of their retail price. You can also check out local thrift stores and yard sales for bargains that can help you pursue your hobbies. 

                Take advantage of free or low-cost resources

                Don’t assume you need to spend a pretty penny on your hobbies. There are lots of low-cost and free resources you can take advantage of to help you build your interests, including: 

                • Online tutorials. There are countless free tutorials and resources available on the internet for hobbies like cooking, photography and drawing.
                • Libraries. Local public libraries can offer a wealth of books, magazines and resources related to various hobbies, from gardening to knitting.
                • Community events. Participate in local clubs or groups that share your hobby interests. These clubs can provide you with a network of like-minded friends to swap ideas and tips with.

                Yes, you can enjoy your hobbies and an intact budget, too! Use these tips to learn how to enjoy your hobbies without breaking the bank.

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