What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

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Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

Post by rich126 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:46 pm

Surfing the Internet can lead to a number of interesting articles, stories, etc. Some historical in nature, others educational and applicable to doing things today.

I play games but not frequently and not online games.

I spend a lot of time doing various activities on my computer, often computer security stuff. I also play a baseball simulation game that requires doing some homework and analyzing players in a text-like simulation (nothing graphical). Learn a lot about players from many decades ago.

Lots of movies and streaming stuff, often in the background while on the computer.

Fortunately I'm not interested in a lot of expensive stuff. I don't mind a trip to Europe for 10 days, every other year. I like eating out but I'm a modest food eater. A good sandwich works as well as an expensive filet for me.

People watching can be cheap and interesting, although scary at times :D

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Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

Post by Laika » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:32 pm

Watercolors is my latest. It's sensual and meditative, with lots to learn. Not super cheap, but frugal enough compared to many of my hobbies.

Costs: For good results and to avoid being held back, you are almost forced to use top quality watercolor paper, professional pigments and high quality brushes. In my opinion, adults who are at all serious should skip the student-grade products.
  • Paper: About $40 US per 20 sheets (e.g. Arches 140lb blocks). Most important, but a big part of the expense since you will burn through a lot of it while learning.
  • Pigments: Most will start with something like 7+ colors for a decent beginning kit, at ~$10-15 each for "artist" or "professional" grade tubes. A little goes a long way with artist-grade, since the tubes contain a lot more pigment.
  • Brushes: A basic set of good quality brushes are needed, say size 4, 8 and 12 rounds, a "mop" and one flat. Synthetic can be cheap enough, but those three rounds in the highest-quality Kolinskly sable would be in the $100-300 range.
  • Palette and a few other little items: Plastic or tin palettes are common, but porcelain is a lot nicer. $10-$100.
Now if only all those YouTube experts would stop making everything look far easier than it really is!

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Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

Post by VictoriaF » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:22 am

Reading physical books.

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