Nowadays ‘free time’ or ‘me time’ has been hijacked by the need to ‘better yourself.’ So there is a pressure to spend any time you have for yourself on learning a new skill or getting something done, on making yourself a better person.
Sometimes when people think of the “olden days” they thought that all people did was work and sleep so they’d be ready to work again. But actually, people back in the time of your grandma often had just as much fun back then as we do now, even without all the conveniences and technological advances. And their fun hobbies usually didn’t cost them much. Sometimes they even made money with their hobbies! Take a look at these 5 Old Fashioned Frugal Hobby Ideas from Grandma!
Get your hands dirty, plant beautiful flowers or grow a herb garden – gardening is one of the most relaxing and healthy hobbies there is. You can get quality bedding plants, shrubs and bulbs delivered directly to your door to get you started from various sites.
Even if you don’t have a garden you can plant window boxes or put your name down for an allotment and grow your own prize marrows.
Switch off your phones and screens, get some friends round and play a board game. In a world where we are constantly connected, board games are being dragged out of the back of dusty sideboards up and down the country as an antidote. Whether it’s Risk, Monopoly, Pictionary or Snakes and Ladders, board-gaming is a great way to have fun with friends that doesn’t involve awkward small talk or technology. Just don’t storm out when you don’t win.
If you know how to sew, knit, or crochet you know some very helpful, and very frugal, skills! For centuries, people have used those skills to make clothes, kids’ toys, pet toys, decor, and more for much less than it’d cost to buy those products in a store! If you know how to sew, knit, or crochet you can also repair a lot of cloth or knit items yourself, helping to make your things last longer (a very frugal thing to do!).
If you want to try an old fashioned frugal hobby, then there’s probably no better one than crafting! There are so many types of crafts out there, and many don’t require much more than basic gluing and painting skills! You can craft decorative elements, upcycle old furniture , or paint something to give it a fresh new look! Crafting is a great way to get more decor for your home without spending a lot! And if you ever need some extra cash, you could sell what you make!
Love baking yummy goodies for your family? Go for it! There didn’t always use to be boxed mixes of things ready to buy in the store! If you wanted to make a cake, you’d have to put all the ingredients together yourself! While baking your own desserts does take more time without a box mix, unless you’re trying to make something really fancy, it actually doesn’t take that much know-how. Baking your own treats will save you money, and is healthier, too!
Inputs from Vuha Kunapareddy