, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month?
Some hobbies I've had before, but are too expensive or otherwise not right for me right now:
- Rock climbing - gym is too costly, so is equipment
- Crafting/Painting - supplies are expensive, and end up with a bunch of "junk"
- Cycling - I have a nice bike, but I don't have the health/energy for it right now. Plus, I ride to/from work everyday and run a few miles after work 3-4 times a week.
- Sports leagues - I've done the Philadelphia Sports Network leagues twice, most recently bowling, and two summers ago I did wiffle ball. I'm only moderately athletic (probably couldn't do basketball or soccer), and it's costly.
- Computer games - My drugs of choice have in the past been WoW pretty hard core, Minecraft, and console games such as Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Assassin's Creed, etc. Problem right now is lack of good gaming computer, and our best computer's monitor is our TV and the hubs is a TV hog (which is fine).
- Volunteering - I've been trying to volunteer with PAWS, a local rescue organization, but they often require people to transport dogs, and I can't drive. I also can't normally make it there at nights after work in time for dog walking, which is when they are most in need.
- Drinkin' - Obviously expensive, and I've been thinking of cutting back due to a medication change. No sommelier classes for me.
Some things I dream of doing, but due to cost/circumstance are out of my reach:
- Gardening - We have a small patio that barely gets any sun, and sometimes gets filled with trash due to terrible neighbors
. We don't have roof access.
- Raising goats - I know, but I've been obsessed with this one. Obviously not an option in a city environment with only a small concrete patio. Someday...
- Modeling - OK, I kind of do this for friends, but it's not something I seriously think I could be successful at doing, even as an amateur. I don't mind being in front of the camera, however.
I'm looking at a budget of less than $15 a month. I can't drive (for now), and that $15 a month includes transportation costs. Exercise-type activities are OK, but I still have my aerobic stuff a few times a week. Nights and weekends are when I'm most available. Obviously, getting paid for something (like tutoring) or getting something back (CSA) are good, but definitely not necessary. I'm not very good with commitment, though. I live in Philadelphia, PA, for those who are not familiar with me, and if it's important, I'm a moderately athletic 26 year old female. Any computer-type activities are pretty much out, but I have one work Macbook Air that is accessible for lighter things like word processing and internet browsing.
Looking forward to your ideas and suggestions!