Becoming Debt Free in 2009

April 23, 2009

I need a hobby!!!

Filed under: Entertainment — ambercouric @ 8:29 am

I’m beginning to prepare myself for the fall when both of my children are off at school.  I really need some new hobbies.

I need some ideas.  What are some of your hobbies and how did you get started?



  1. Oooh. This is a good question. I’ve been looking for a new hobby too, but often times it means spending $$. I’ll be interested in seeing if anyone has a frugal and relatively inexpensive hobby suggestion.

    Comment by shtinkykat — April 23, 2009 @ 9:24 am

  2. Well, you could read and learn a lot without actually going to school. I used to hate history while in school. Now I am really into it, after getting interested in sociology first. I check books out of the library about sociology and oftentimes hog 4 or 5 good books at a time, only getting to read one of them before I have to return them all (bad habit, I know – but they’re all so interesting I don’t know which I want to read first so I check all of them out.)

    Then there’s genealogy. My husband used to denigrate it as “just dust and bones” but now he is the family tree maker (using all nerdy technology available and believe me, he’s a nerd and there’s lots out there to be used) since he found out that I am descended from eight kings of England.

    That’s fun and will take up a lot of time and you’ll never run out of new trails of research to do.

    Comment by 444 — April 23, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  3. I am planning on taking a cake decorating class as a hobby. If I sell any cakes, good job. If I don’t, at least I will have fun doing it.

    Comment by kdmoffett25 — April 23, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  4. I’m taking an Indian cooking class this summer. I want some new food ideas.

    Comment by Movingonup! — April 23, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  5. I re-do old furniture. I find pieces of furniture at yard sales, thrift stores or freecycle. I sand them down, and re-paint them & put new hardware on them! It’s a lot of fun.

    Maybe gardening? if you have any yard space?

    I am also big into photography. I like going for walks through trails, and shooting pictures. Coming home and editing them.

    Comment by Frugal Dreamer — April 23, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  6. I have a big interest in photography, too. You don’t need fancy cameras, although I got myself one. I dabble in writing, loads of reading, and now that I’m in a more downtown area, I’m walking a lot more, too. Lots of trails. Just need a good pair of shoes!

    I also have a couple of Teach Yourself language books. Not exactly the same as a class, but a start.

    There are hundreds (I’m sure) of quilters up here, although it’s too picky for my liking.

    Comment by Annie — April 23, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  7. I have a few hobbies.

    1. I’m in a book club-I take most of the books out of the library or buy them inexpensively at Costco, and then “the girls” get together at home (we rotate hosts and book picks) and we all bring something to munch on. My friend and I decided we should do this in order to ensure we got together once a month, and continue to read once we finished school. We recruited a few friends each, and badda bing, we were off and running.

    2. I sing in a chorus. Dues are $35 a month, but the way I look at it, I get a few hours of fun and friendship a week for that price, so really its a bargain. If singing if your thing, you could search for a Sweet Adelines chorus near you-it’s an international organization.

    3. I walk/hike with a group of women I met at a running clinic (we all got injured running, so now we walk/hike in case that sentence was confusing). I went to the running clinic and we decided that we would walk instead, and we have a great time finding new places to hike and walk.

    4. You could also think about teaching yourself a useful skill, like cooking or car repair. That way you’re spending your time on something useful that could save you money in the long run. I taught myself to cook starting with simple recipes and watching cooking shows when I was too broke to go out in grad school. Now I love to experiment, and my husband and friends love the results!

    I would also suggest looking through your local parks and recreation catalogue for ideas. My city puts one out, and you wouldn’t believe the variety of things you can do and the costs are quite reasonable.

    Comment by psychsarah — April 23, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  8. Sounds strange, but I like taking things apart. Thrift store or garage sale stuff. It doesn’t even have to work when I get it, I just like to see how things work. Also reading, walking, blogging(!), gardening, home improvement, cards – pinochle is my favorite, and listening to music.

    Comment by Over the Cubicle Wall — April 23, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  9. The best way to find a hobby is to learn to something you always wanted to try. If it’s fun you keep going, if it’s not you try something else.

    Myself, I do knitting, cross stitch, sewing, crocheting, quilting, origami, computer/video games, programming, piano, harp, various misc dabbling in other instruments, cooking, photography, poetry/writing, and I’ve probably forgotten another few. Needless to say, I’m never bored. More often, I can’t decide what to work on! Many of these I do only occasionally, but it’s all things I do because I enjoy it.

    Comment by Slinky — April 24, 2009 @ 10:37 am

  10. Although it can be an expensive hobby – why not try scrapbooking?

    Comment by Amy — April 24, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  11. Thanks for all the suggestions. I am going to check out the local adult education and see what classes they offer. Kennedy wants me to make him a quilt so I may take a quilting class.

    Comment by ambercouric — April 28, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  12. I too have been looking for hobbies or something to get involved in. My kids are all almost grown and my other half has his things like golf and motorcycling. I have nothing really since I have spent so many years running kids around and now I am finding I have alot of time on my hands. I don’t even know what I would like to do. I would like not only something for me to do but maybe something for me and my guy to do together, especially in the fall and winter months when golf and motorcycling is over for him. So I plan on looking into alot of ideas you got here and would ask if anyone has any couple ideas too I would love to hear them.

    Comment by Fire — November 13, 2009 @ 12:20 am

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