How much do you spend on your hobby?
The dictionary defines a hobby as:
An activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
I originally took up blogging as a hobby. It still is a hobby for me, but the business side of this hobby is growing all the time. I earn a little income now – at least enough to have to report to the IRS. And, from time to time, I am required to meet a deadline or two. Is blogging still a hobby for me? I suppose, since I still enjoy it and I blog “outside” of my regular occupation, so I guess it still qualifies. My mom’s hobby is quilting, I am not sure how many she has made in the past ten years, but the number has to be quite large.
What is the world’s most expensive hobby? Well, the sky is the limit, I suppose. Especially if your hobby happens to be simply “shopping”. When I think of expensive hobbies, I think of car collecting or yachting. Except, I am not certain if I have ever met anyone who actually participates in a hobby like that. Probably the most expensive hobbies held by friends of mine are things like back country four-wheeling or skiing. Golf might be another expensive hobby. In fact, I imagine that golf could likely be the most expensive middle-class hobby. I think there are men who spend their entire lives saving for retirement so that they can golf every day. Americans spend close to $30 billion dollars on golf every year!
I am not one of them. Ironically, I had more money to spend on golf when I was single. In high school and college, I golfed close to a dozen times a year, but when I got married and had kids, that was the first hobby to go. I just could not justify the expense or the time these days. Maybe when I retire . . . guess I am one of those guys saving up so I can golf in retirement. Anyway, I don’t really miss it all that much.
The one pure hobby that I practice on a regular basis is day hiking. We live in Colorado, so when I get a Saturday with nothing on the schedule, I have my wife drop me off at a trailhead and tell her that I will call her to pick me up when I get back. The last day I went for a walk, I was gone for approximately seven hours and hiked over eighteen miles. I have a small backpack that cost about $50, a pair of good sneakers and use refillable water bottles. My hobby might not have all the excitement of yachting or four-wheeling, but I when I get done with a long hike, I am tired in body, but refreshed in mind. Sometimes one of my children joins me in this hobby.
What are some of the things you do that you are passionate about that you do for fun? That activity that no one has to force you to do – the job you do for free? How much do you spend on it? Does it occupy a line in your budget? Maybe you have a really weird hobby like “noodling”. I would love to get a list of inexpensive hobbies going in our comment section. As my kids are getting older, I am more and more on the lookout for fun things to do with my kids that do not cost a lot.
Article by Stew
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