Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime? If not then you need to find one quick! There are many studies that shown taking up a hobby can ease stress, improve health, and just give one a sense of overall purpose. It’s probably no secret that one of my favorite hobbies is blogging. I spend time each week carefully planning out content that I want to write, social interactions and forming relationships with other bloggers, and of course the technical upkeep that comes along with any website. What makes me fortunate is that this hobby is also a nice side hustle that provides a little extra income for my time contributions. That doesn’t mean that all of my stress relieving hobbies come with a price tag though. In fact, I have several that cost me quite a few bucks, and might raise an eyebrow considering I’m a personal finance enthusiast. Just remember you can’t put a price tag on your health and enjoyment of life.
I love going to baseball games! I absolutely love the game of baseball, and the closest place for me to go and watch a professional game is about an hour from my house, which means lots of gas and miles on my car. Then once you get there you have to pay additional money for parking, food, drinking, and just about anything else other than breathing in the air.
Another favorite hobby of mine is gaming! While I am fortunate enough to have some brick and mortar casinos relatively close to me, they come with the same added annoyances as I described above. That’s why online establishments like 888casino are becoming more and more popular. You can avoid the time, money, and hassle that accompanies a crowded casino floor, all while enjoying your favorite games.
Going to the movies, or even renting a movie, has become one of my favorite things to do. With companies like Netflix you can pay a few measly dollars a month and have access to thousands of hours of entertainment available to you. As much as I enjoy going to the show, unless it’s a matinee price, it can be very expensive…especially for a family of four! Staying home, buying snacks, and watching a movie online is the way go!
Regardless of our stress relieving hobby, just know that there is always a more affordable way of going about it!