Hobbies and the art of being poor.
April 1, 2009 5 Comments
Being poor is pretty easy for me. I grew up with little money. Like many others who grew up poor like me: I can be tight with spending money and a penny pinching to ridiculous extremes.
However, my previous experience in being really poor helps prepare me to get by during these rough economic times. In fact I am quite a master of the art of being poor.
When times get rough we all need those little therapies… hobbies.
Hobbies are activities we do that peak interests, often ask us to put time in effort to explore the creativity in us. Hobbies are good for are mental wellness… and with can be a fun diversion from the stresses of the bad economic times.
Some of favorite my cheap Hobbies:
Amateur Digital photography.
my first camera is worth about $60 (U.S),
I’ve used the freeware (thats $0) for photo touch up manipulation or abstracting like Photoscape ( perfect for a newbie and lite enough for a lap top), or Gimp 2 ( a bit more advanced then photoscape)
If you wish to share them online their are plenty of free services (Flikr, Facebook, and blog spaces such as WordPress.com, Blogger ) . The most expensive part of this hobby is the computer.
Wild life and Nature Watching
many role their eyes at such thing as bird watching… but studying animal behavior is fascinating and cheap. binoculars are looking glasses can be as cheap as a couple dollars at a pawn shop. and bird or animal watching books are just as cheap used.
Games and Gaming
on line gaming and play station are hot social activities that are relatively cheap. Such games as Poker, Chess (one of my faves), Backgammon are also social fun and cheap and require mental skill. I had a friend tell me that role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons are popular again. very social and not expensive.
Creative Writing and Drawling.
these are the cheapest of hobbies, requiring only pencils and papers… they are less social than the others but one can really challenge themselves or just have fun in their private time.
Some other Hobbies worth investigating.
- Hiking, and Geo-caching.
- Home brewing. and cooking.
- athletics, Weightlifting, Biking, Jogging, Swimming, etc.
- musical instruments, or music mixing.
- Reading, magazine and comic book collecting.
- Fishing, Archery, or target shooting
- arts and crafts.
It not always easy to find little therapies and social outlets for many, especially if there is little money in the bank. But the “Art of being poor” can be a creative challenge for those who willing take up cheap hobbies.