Inexpensive hobby ideas to beat the winter blues

Fun hobbies don’t have to be expensive. Here are a few to try.

Whew! The frenzied holiday season is finally over. What can you do to prevent boredom as winter stretches on? Here a few inexpensive hobby ideas to beat the winter blues.

Learn something new. There are a variety of opportunities available to increase your knowledge. These options are easily accessible and offer a variety of topics:

  • Extension offices – The Cooperative Extension Service is an educational collaboration comprised of state land-grant universities and federal, state, and local governments. They offer expertise in a variety of subjects ranging from agriculture and gardening to health and personal finance (and everything in between). There is a Cooperative Extension office in each of the United States.
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an online education resource. It provides free instruction in an assortment of subjects at no cost. Children and adults will both benefit from the choices and educational levels. 
  • Local libraries – Visit the public libraries to access free events, workshops, books, cds, and dvds. 
  • Home improvement stores – Take advantage of free do-it-yourself classes for beginners. Contact the major home improvement stores in your area. 

Have some family fun. Start a new tradition by introducing family game tournaments. Choose a game where everyone can participate. Alternate games for each tournament or allow family members to pick their favorite. Provide awards such as a hand crafted certificates, trinkets, or a “lucky” penny. These awards can be passed to future winners.

Family tournament suggestions:

  • Scrabble
  • Pictionary
  • Clue
  • Monopoly
  • Card Games (including UNO)
  • Life
  • Guess Who

Visit the dollar store. A trip to the dollar store will yield plenty of inexpensive supplies for fun.

  • Explore your creative side in the arts and crafts aisle.
  • Invent new recipes with items in the food section.
  • Pick up coloring books and crayons for the kids.
  • Pick up novels and crossword puzzles for the adults. 

Michigan State University Extension educators invite you to assess your financial health and visit Michigan State University Extension. In addition, Michigan State University offers money management and homeownership classes. For more information about classes offered in your area visit MI Money Health

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