Mega List of Cheap Hobbies

list of cheap hobbies

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, feelings of loneliness have increased by over 30%. People are feeling more stressed, anxious, and unsure about the future. There are no easy answers to solve this problem. One answer is self-improvement. There are many ways to learn new things or explore new hobbies to keep your sanity and sense of being. Here is a list of cheap hobbies for you to consider.

List of Cheap Hobbies Guide

The number of hobbies that you can take up is too many to count. So, this is a list of hobbies that I myself have tried throughout my life.

The idea is to give you suggestions to consider. There is an affordable hobby out there for you. All you have to do is be open-minded.


When people talk about the great American pastime, they are usually talking about baseball. However, if you are making a list of cheap hobbies, bowling should probably have that honor.

The average bowling game consists of three games. Each game consists of ten frames. In each frame, each bowler gets two chances to knock down as many pins as possible with a bowling ball.

If you look at the bowling lane floor, you will see arrows printed on it to help you align your aim.

It may sound boring, but it is a lot of fun when played with a large group, family, or friends.

Bowling is also a great, budget-conscious, and conversation-friendly way to go on a date.

The average bowling game costs $2 per game. Depending on where you live, you probably won’t pay a lot more than that.


The average cost of a bicycle is $80 to $1,000. You may want to budget $200 to $600 to get a good daily cycling bike.

Since this is an article about a list of cheap hobbies, you can also borrow a good bike from a relative or friend.

Cycling is a great exercise for the heart, abdominal, thighs, and leg muscles.

You can also use cycling to learn more about your surroundings, take in the local scenery, and learn new travel routes in your city.

In this era of social distancing, cycling is also a great way for you, friends, and family to exercise together safely.

Bird Watching

Ants are an intelligent, community-oriented, and collaborative species who mainly communicate by pheromone scenting.

Getting an ant farm is a very cheap way to appreciate how different species operate in the world. It may seem boring after a while.

Bird watching is the next best thing. And don’t giggle or mock it. Bird watching is a very affordable, stress-reducing, interesting hobby experience. This should be high on your list of cheap hobbies.

Binoculars, or specifically bird watching-centric binoculars, will cost you $100. However, you may be able to find one much cheaper shopping online or buying used.

There are many birdwatching guides and YouTube videos you can consult before starting. But the easiest way to start is to start.

You can start in your back yard or local park. Pick a spot not too far or near and pick a bird to watch.

Listen to how birds chirp and communicate with each other. Watch how birds of different species interact. It’s a very calming experience to see how different species interact and collaborate on their level.

You can bird watch with friends, start a club or educational program for children, or make a family event of it.


Ancient sea mariners used the constellations to orient themselves, find directions, and traverse the seas.

While GPS is much more convenient today, stargazing should still make your list of cheap hobbies.

Stargazing can help you understand how our galaxy and universe works. Also, stargazing helps you focus your thinking, make critical thinking connections, and is stress-relieving.

Because ground-level urban locales are so well-lit due to light pollution, you won’t be able to see constellations with the naked eye or even a telescope. You may need to stargaze somewhere with a higher elevation.

Additionally, you will need to start with learning rudimentary constellation and planetary charting.

A good stargazing telescope or binoculars may cost you $40 to $200 starting out.

Board Games

When I was a kid, playing board games was a right of passage. It taught you that life was about rules, luck, and making the most of the opportunities before you.

I grew up playing board games like Boardwalk, Clue, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Sorry!, Operator, and many more.

Well, its 2020, and most people are dealing with rolling lockdowns and social distancing, so why not learn to love board games again?

Most of the board games you can find on Amazon ranges between $8 to $50. Board games should be on your list of cheap hobbies. They are fun, promote familial closeness and bonding, and you can make a hobby out of collecting them.

List of Cheap Hobbies

The list of cheap hobbies you can partake in is too long to list, but here are a few:

  • Learning an instrument
  • Chess
  • Learning a language
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Kite flying
  • Fishing
  • Knitting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Geocaching
  • Learning to bake

The point is that the coronavirus pandemic has made people feel lonelier than ever before.

Depression and mental distress among people is increasing because of mandatory social distancing mandates.

Taking up a hobby can help you alleviate stress and become more positive.

Be open-minded and try out a few. Don’t just try one or two and then give up.

Now, more than ever is probably the best time in your life to take up an affordable hobby for peace of mind.

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