One of the top ways to relax and get some quality me-time is to have a hobby that you enjoy. But a lot of hobbies can be seriously expensive (we’re looking at you, golf and scrapbooking).
Instead of spending an arm or a leg on your hobby, why not give these great hobbies a try — all of them will save you money, and if you play your cards right, some of them could even make you money!
You could spend thousands at the nursery buying all the latest hybrid petunias, or you could garden the old-fashioned way and actually make some money out of your hobby. Start a compost heap, establish a worm farm, and cultivate plants from cuttings and seeds and you’ll soon be able to start a mini nursery of your own. Start with our gardening section to get the best advice on growing plants.
If you love baking scrummy treats for your family, why not turn your hobby into a side business? This can be especially profitable if you’ve got a knack for decorating cakes. There are countless moms looking for someone, ANYONE, to bake a Barney, Elsa or Batman cake and we all know how much people will pay for a wedding cake. If cakes aren’t your thing why not try rusks, biscuits or even koeksisters?
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Come out of the woodwork
Carpentry is both therapeutic and extremely rewarding, and ladies can definitely do it too. Once you’ve mastered fixing and making simple things you can try your hand at something a bit more ambitious like this awesome furniture made from upcycled pallets. Just remember: you don’t need to fork out thousands on all the right tools if you’re just starting out. Baby steps.
A stitch in time
Have you noticed how much tailors and dry cleaners are charging for ultra-simple mending and alterations to clothes? Sewing will save you money on repairs (or replacements) and it’s also a great form of therapy. Once you find mending a doddle you can branch out into sewing your own creations from scratch. When you’ve mastered that you can start selling your wares at markets or online.
Making soap is fun, easy and a great money saver. Homemade soaps make excellent gifts and they’re also big sellers at craft markets and online. They’re also far better than store-bought soaps…for both the environment and your skin. Why not start with soap made from herbs that you’ve grown in your garden before branching out into other cool products like all-natural exfoliating body scrub and DIY aromatherapy shower bombs?