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Hobbies and Recreation

All work and no play..

..makes Pete a dull boy.

With all the hard work you do, the 8 hour workdays you put in, you need a release from the automation of working week in, week out. It’s almost as if you’re stuck on autopilot and it takes a lot of work to get out of it and go out and do something.

I feel like that almost everyday.

I wake up in the morning.
Get ready for work.
Go through the motions.
Come home.
Eat dinner.
I’m exhausted.
Go to bed.

Same routine. Every. Single. Day.

Time to find some hobbies.

Spending money on hobbies?

I’m always hearing about my friends going out, doing this, doing that, and I always wonder, “seems like an expensive hobby..”

People go out to bars and clubs and spend hundreds of dollars on their tabs before the night’s over, and they repeat this every couple of weeks. I suppose it’s a social life and to each their own, but it seems like a waste of money to be going out all the time and paying $15 per drink and spending hundreds of dollars every weekend for a social life. Once in a while is understandable and okay, but every weekend seems excessive. Certainly not something for me.

I may just be cheap or frugal, but I think it’s just what one is willing to spend money on.

Everybody’s interests are different, as well as their willingness to spend on certain activities.

One person might enjoy snowboarding and be willing to spend a hundred dollars to go snowboarding every month.

Another may enjoy go-karting and spend a couple hundred dollars to race every month.

Golfing, between buying clubs, green fees, and golf balls, a couple hundred dollars would not be an extreme figure either.

If it makes you happy and you enjoy doing it, by all means. Moderation is key. There is no real reason to buy the greatest and latest snowboard every year, or to buy that $5000 golf club when what you have is good enough.

I always look at the price to reward ratio in all aspects of making a purchase.

This is, is the price I’m going to pay for this (whether it be for a game, food, or anything else) worth the reward or satisfaction that may result from this purchase?

$20 for a hamburger with cheese, mushrooms and onions? Probably not.

$100 for a new fishing rod? I’m not a professional, so a $30 one will probably do for me.

$20 for a filet at a nice restaurant for a special occasion? Might go for it since it’s a special occasion.

Hobbies don’t have to be expensive

Hobbies don’t necessarily have to be super expensive.

A basketball costs $10, and there are courts almost everywhere. You just need to find a free court to play on, or you could always join a pick-up game and have fun.

Tennis seems to be gaining popularity as well. A beginner’s tennis racquet costs around $50. Add in the grips, tennis balls, and a sweat band if you really want to look the part, and you can find a friend to go play some tennis and get a workout at the same time.

Hiking is a relatively cheap hobby as well. A good pair of hiking boots, some gas to get to and from, and a packed lunch, and you’ve got a day of hiking and exploring the wilderness. Even more fun with friends who also enjoy hiking!

Kind of seems like there’s a fitness theme going on here with relatively cheap hobbies and recreational things. As an added bonus, it’ll help keep you fit and healthy.

There are probably a million other inexpensive hobbies out there and I’m sure you’re a smart guy/girl/person’s of a non-male/female gender. You can figure something out that doesn’t always have to cost and arm and a leg just to do and enjoy.

It doesn’t need to be expensive, just something to get you up and out and moving again.

Personal hobbies

As a person with relative type B personality, I tend to be more thoughtful and easygoing in life with a splash of competitiveness. Because I am such a stickler for saving money and ensuring I have money for the future, my hobbies tend to be on the moderate side.

Fishing

My biggest and favorite hobby is fishing.

As a child, I went out fishing off bridges and near water banks with friends using a Sprite bottle spooled with fishing line and a hook with chicken liver on the end. We fished for catfish for fun and always had to hand-line the fish in since there was no reel. We weren’t poor, but we weren’t rich either. We were having fun, and that’s all that really mattered. It didn’t matter that we didn’t have a rod and reel  with all the fanciest baits and line. We had fun.

Fast forward to today. It had been years (through high school and college) since I had gone fishing and my father-in-law rekindled that childhood memory of the joy fishing could invoke in me. Now I have a job, and I have money.

Even so, I only buy equipment when they’re on sale. Most recently, I bought a Pflueger President fishing reel as a medium-light tackle reel mainly for freshwater fishing for bass, something I haven’t been able to do, but am super excited for spring to finally come around so I can get out there and go fishing. Otherwise, I’d just as well slowly collect more fishing gear when they’re on sale or as gifts.

I did, however, manage to spend $526 on a lifetime saltwater and freshwater fishing license last year. It does seem pretty expensive, but the lifetime license pays for itself after 12 years if I were to buy a yearly license for both fresh and saltwater every year, which I would have planned on doing anyway.

What would make my fishing hobby expensive is the purchase of a fishing kayak or boat. I keep teetering on and off the fence about getting one, but with no space to store it, the obvious answer is to hold off on buying one.. for now.

Best place to start is to search

Even if you don’t really have a hobby now, it’s never a bad time to look for one and get out there and enjoy life. There’s no point in slaving over working to save up for a rosy retirement if you’re not going to enjoy life in the moment.

I will admit that is something I need to work on myself, but we can work on that together.