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The weather outside is frightful, and there’s also a pandemic, so laying low this winter is the right idea. The only problem is that hanging around at home can get pretty boring pretty fast. Moreover, it’s all too easy to give in to the great temptation to just sit around on the sofa and succumb to binge-watching or mindlessly scrolling through social media. Part of what makes being idle so seductive isn’t just that we’re all burnt out from nonstop pandemic life, but it doesn’t cost anything either. So, picking up a new hobby sounds like something that can easily rack up expenses.
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But some of the most interesting and engaging hobbies cost very little or possibly nothing at all. GOBankingRates consulted a number of experts and devoted hobbyists to learn their favorite pastimes, and what’s involved (both price-wise and skills-wise) to get involved.
“Knitting is perfect for cold winter days because you can do it on your couch while you’re covered up with a blanket and sipping tea or coffee,” said Sam Zelinka, who runs Government Worker Fi, a personal finance website for federal employees. “I recently started knitting in December 2021 and taught myself how to knit by watching YouTube videos (I’m a big fan of RJ Knits on YouTube). While the price and amount of yarn varies depending on your desired project, you can easily get started for $10-$20. The best part — you can give your knitted creations to friends as thoughtful gifts (which saves you money in the future).”
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“A fantastic free hobby to take up this year is geocaching,” said Tana Williams, a personal finance blogger at Debt Free Forties. “It’s a great way to spend time with your family, it’s free, and it helps build your problem-solving skills. Plus, it gets you out of the house, gets some exercise in, and has little to no contact with others.”
Williams explained that geocaching is similar to a treasure hunt. To partake, download the Geocache app to your phone and sign up for an account.
“Once set up, you’ll use your GPS to find hidden caches,” Williams said. “Each cache is rated by difficulty, type of terrain, and size. Some include riddles to solve, though many do not. You’ll find the cache, sign the log, and mark it as complete using the coordinates. Then it’s on to the …….