If finances are tight, it can mean that we clamp down on things we love and enjoy. It can prevent us from meeting up with friends, trying new hobbies, and enjoying life. This can be a slippery slope, and while it’s important to be mindful of your finances, it’s important to enjoy life too. If you’re looking for some new hobbies that wont break the bank, keep reading for my top 4 suggestions for affordable hobbies you should consider starting.

1. Badminton
I love badminton because it’s a great work out, you can easily practice alone but also enjoy playing in groups of 2 or 4. It’s also a sport you can play indoors or outdoors, opening up the ability to play it year round unlike other sports. There’s also a relatively low entry cost, meaning that you can get started without spending a ton. Once you’ve got a racket and a shuttlecock, the only other thing you might want to invest in are some Badminton Shoes. They’ll provide a lot more support to help prevent twisted ankles and to ensure you have good posture when playing.

2. Yoga
Yoga can really cost as much or as little as you’d like it to cost. Going down the more expensive route you can buy matching yoga clothes, pay for expensive yoga classes and even invest in a very expensive yoga mat. But it’s also something you can easily do at home on the cheap – all you need is a comfortable place to practice and Youtube open with some free yoga content. The other thing I love about yoga is you can really find workouts that focus on what you need most. Do you suffer from back pain, tight hamstrings or a general inflexibility? Yoga can help with all of these!

3. Roller Skating
There’s nothing quite like when you’re a confident skater and you’re outside skating on a sunny day. Because you can be on the side walks when using roller skates, I feel you get such a fun experience cruising around your city on skates. You can also take your roller skating to the next level by joining a roller skating derby team, which will be tons of fun and very social. To get started all you need is a pair of Roller Skates and a bit of positivity. If you’re only just learning to roller skate now, you may do well to learn on some carpet so if you have any falls they’ll be softened.

4. Writing
This is probably the cheapest of all hobbies – you actually don’t need to buy anything new to get started. You can start writing with a pen and paper, or even just use the Notes application on your smart phone. You can start writing with the intention of starting a blog, as a way to clear out the clutter in your head, and maybe even to explore a hobby like creative writing or poetry. You don’t have to do anything with what you write if you don’t want to, but having it out there can be a fun process that can bring you a lot of joy.

If your finances are tight, it doesn’t mean you need to give up on starting some new hobbies. I hope these suggestions inspire you and give you some ideas of fun things you can get started with.