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20 low-cost hobbies – 11 to 20

Posted 15 May 2016

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If you want to take up a new hobby without spending a fortune, check out our great ideas.

In our last blog we counted down one to ten of our favourite affordable hobby ideas. Now it’s time for the next ten.


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11. Start a blog

You can start a blog on Wordpress completely free of charge and write to your heart’s content. Writing is a great way to express yourself, and you never know, you could end up with a bit of a following! We’d recommend writing about something that really interests you, so your passion can shine through. 

12. Be an animal sitter/dog walker

If you’re an animal lover, what better job is there than looking after someone’s pets while they’re away? Alternatively, you could take their dog for a walk when they’re busy at work. 

Borrow My Doggy matches up dog owners and dog sitters. Just like gardening, it’s a pastime that could end up being a bit of a side earner as well. 

13. Learn Origami

Origami originated in Japan and is the ancient art of folding paper into all kinds of different shapes. It’s creative, soothing and low-cost – you can pick up a starter kit for under £5. 

Have a look at Origami fun to learn how to make some truly amazing paper sculptures. 

14. Photography

As technology has advanced, our camera phones have got better and better - so much so that you really don’t need a fancy, expensive camera to take some amazing shots. 

If you don’t already have one, start an Instagram or Pinterest account and share your love for photography with the world.

15. Join a sports team

If you want an active hobby and you’ve got a bit of a competitive side, joining a sports team might be the perfect option for you. 

Just Google sports teams in your area and see what comes up, or get in touch with your local sports centre. You could also see whether you can get a team together at work. 5-a-side football or badminton anyone?


16. Star-gazing

What’s more fascinating than learning about what’s out there in our galaxy and beyond? If you join a star-gazing club, you’ll meet up with like-minded people and you won’t have to fork out for a new telescope yourself. 


17. Start Geocaching

Have you heard of Geocaching? Well if you like a challenge it could be just up your street – or a street near you to be precise. 

It’s basically a worldwide treasure hunt. There are Geocaches hidden literally everywhere around the globe - there could be one near you right now. All you need to start your hunt is a GPS-capable device and a sense of adventure. 


18. Become an expert

Always been interested in cosmology? What about 18th Century architecture? Or the lives of bees? Many of us have interests that for one reason or another we haven’t fully explored. If you’re looking for a low-cost hobby, why not just commit to learning more about an area that fascinates you.

All you need is an internet connection, which you’re probably already paying for, and a library card, which is, of course, free. 

19. Start crafting

Fancy making your own jewellery? Or maybe you could make gifts for others? It would certainly bring the cost of Christmas and birthday presents down, not to mention adding that personal touch.


There are loads of low-cost supplies for you to browse here. 

20. Play free games

If you can’t afford an expensive games console it doesn’t mean the world of gaming is closed off to you. There are loads of sites where you can play games as a single player, with a friend or against other people completely free of charge. 


So there you go! We hope we’ve convinced you that having a hobby doesn’t have to mean spending loads of money. You could even try combining a few of them and see how many new skills you can pick up. 


by Christine Walsh

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