I asked Jordan for a post idea the other day and he said I should write about Hobbies, I kind of laughed it off because I couldn't really see the personal finance angle. I've been thinking about it the last week or two, and really, what doesn't have a PF angle?

I've been thinking about what my hobbies are and how much they actually cost. Here's what I've come up with in terms of my hobbies/interests:
  • Horse back riding
  • Fish keeping/breading (we have 3 fish tanks)
  • Painting (ceramics or white ware)
  • Cooking/baking
  • Scrap booking (I have a lot of materials and one have finished book)
  • I knit on and off and mostly forget how in between
  • Checking out open houses/garage sales/estate sales
  • Gardening
  • Reading PF (and other) blogs
  • Reading novels
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • I'd like to find ways to use all the tools I recently picked up (erm, I want to build a birdhouse, is that strange?)
  • Wondering around home fixit stores getting ideas for my aunts place
  • Spending time with family/friends
  • Working at my aunts place
At this point, I'm not sure how much my hobbies cost, but wow! That seems like a big list. Some of the items above are free, some had large initial outlays however now wouldn't cost a lot (like camping & fishing). Some have fixed reoccurring costs (horse board), some have variable reoccurring costs (fish food ect).

Do you know how much your hobbies cost? What are your hobbies?


  1. The birdhouse idea is not strange at all! I have been harassing H to build me one for months! :P

    Some of my hobbies are expensive, such as photography! Lenses especially!

    I am big into camping, cooking/baking, hiking or just being outdoors in general, garage sale-ing/thrifting (lol, I never would have considered that a hobby before!), reading, redoing furniture and various crafts (card making, scrap booking etc..)

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  3. Hmm. I don't have too many hobbies, and what I do is boring (but relatively cheap!).

    Reading, sewing, cooking (okay, that can be expensive depending on ingredients), gardening.

  4. I've been making jewelry for about a year now. It got really expensive at first, but now I know where to go for good material and better prices and it's not as bad.

    If anyone would be interested to take a look:


    Etsy is a great place to sell handmade goods. I would suggest it to anyone who makes homemade goods as hobby.

  5. I love your list! I'd have to say running is my hobby now, although I'm not sure I like that. I also like reading, traveling (if that counts), knitting/crocheting, and OF COURSE reading PF blogs. ;)


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