Sunday, January 17, 2021

4 Hobbies To Start In 2021 That Won't Empty Your Pockets

A new year signifies a fresh chapter for many people. It's when new ideas are formed, new relationships are forged, and new hobbies are explored. Frequently, however, discovering a new hobby can be expensive. 

If you've ever tried to do a different sport or activity in the past, say kickboxing or professional cosplay, you already know that these activities cost more than an open mind and the courage to venture off into the unknown. While these activities make cost money, here are four that won't burn a hole through your pocket:

Build a Business

Starting a business as a hobby isn't just inexpensive; it’s also potentially lucrative. And since it's a hobby and not some chore or work assignment that's forced upon you, you'll still enjoy doing it continuously. 

Some low-cost and low-effort businesses enough to be categorized as a hobby include digital content creation, pet care services, and consulting. Even if you don't end up building an actual business, reading about potential money-making ideas and testing them out can still be a fun and productive hobby altogether. 

If nothing else, attempting to build a business as a hobby can instill an entrepreneurial mindset that can help you flourish in other life endeavors.

Collect Currency

Although there are still traveling restrictions in place, the roll-out of COVID vaccines may lead to greater leniency in terms of countries reopening their borders to travelers. If you consider yourself a travel bug, currency collecting is a great low-cost hobby that allows you to preserve your travel memories. 

You can collect low-value coins or bills from the cities you've visited. Consider investing in a currency album to help organize your memorabilia and to avoid misplacing them.

There are two main ways to collect currency - travel or purchase it directly. Of course, of the two options, traveling comes as a more enjoyable way of collecting currency. Be sure you know the basics of currency collection, such as collections, interesting serial numbers, star notes, and misprint errors.


Hiking is beneficial for a myriad of reasons. Not only is it physically exerting and mentally de-stressing, but hiking also allows you to minimize contact with other people amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

All you need to hike are some hiking shoes or boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and transportation. Regardless of where you live, there is bound to be at least one hiking trail you can trek on. Consider inviting family or close friends when you hike to maintain social distancing measures while also satisfying your basic need to socialize.

To pull off a fun and safe hike, remember to bring plenty of food and water as well as a first aid kit. If you need special accommodations, such as RV parking or disability ramps, be sure to call the local park authorities in advance. Lastly, be sure to tell someone exactly where you plan on hiking or, better yet, provide a map with an outline of your planned route.

Play Video Games

Playing video games has had a bad rap in the past. Since they were relatively new, video games were demonized as being too violent or negatively affecting one's cognitive function. Modern studies, however, reveal that indulging in video games in moderation can have positive effects on brain function. 

For instance, studies found that video game players displayed improved attention span, resource management, and decision-making skills compared to their non-gaming counterparts.

Furthermore, studies also show that playing video games improved the person's visuospatial skills or capacity to determine visual and spatial relationships between objects. 

And of course, playing video games with other players can help improve your ability to work in teams and communicate with others to accomplish a collective goal. Today, most online games are free to play, so you won't have to spend a dime to play them.

Starting a new hobby is exciting, even more so when it doesn't cost you a great deal of money. These four activities mentioned above are only the tip of the iceberg of low-cost hobbies you can try this 2021. 

Other low-cost hobbies to consider: learning a musical instrument, cooking, learning magic tricks, cycling, etcetera. The choices are endless as long as you are willing to keep an open mind.

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