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Posted: 10/18/2004 3:27:00 PM EST
what do you do. I need one. Models, video games, masturbation? Trying to support both me and my gf while she gets through school and although we are not exactly poor, I don't want to spend 50 bucks a day to entertain myself. I was thinking about buying some metal shaping hammers.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:27:54 PM EST
Well, I'm currently writing a book...

And, of course, there's the ol' standby, spankin' the monkey.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:30:22 PM EST
There are plenty of used video games to be had for cheap.

Comics are still somewhat reasonable (not like the 35 cents days, but not hateful).

Library books are free (and could lead to other cheap hobbies).
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:30:37 PM EST
Investing. It's one of the few hobbies where you make money and have fun. OK, not that much fun, but you ought to get it.

I believe T Rowe Price has some deal where you open an account with no money down and they draw $50 a month out of your bank account. Might be a good way to get started.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:30:43 PM EST
Masturbation
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:33:03 PM EST
I heard that flying was cheap!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:33:07 PM EST
reading library books, chess, found object art, furniture design (you can build it when you have more money), join toastmasters (a public speaking club).
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:43:37 PM EST
Guns can be cheap if you never have any time to shoot ammo.

It has been three weeks since I have busted a cap. Frustrating.

Oh, I am not talking about masturbation.

Video Games can be a pretty cheap hobby. 100 for the unit and buy used games.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:47:27 PM EST
DUMPSTER DIVING !.

Best cheap hobby there is. You can actually make money and save money on all the stuff you no longer need to buy, because you found it for free. Start by just going trashnight curbsiding in wealthier, upper middle class neighborhoods. Computers, clothes, electronics and canned food for the DD Die-hards. Then you should graduate to apartment complexes and industrial parks. In my neighborhood we have competing $30,000 pick-up trucks picking up discarded treasures to use/garage sale/ebay. or sell in freebie newspaper adds. My last big score was a Lucent phone system I sold for $1500 bucks. (It was thrown away by a failed Dot-Com company.)

Google search " Art and Science of Dumpster Diving " by John Hoffman. That'll get you started.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:49:16 PM EST
i started offroad skateboarding years ago. Cost me 45 bucks for a used board and kept me entertained for hours a day
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:55:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ramjet:
I heard that flying was cheap!



Yeah, but *landing* can be very expensive.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:58:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By enigma2y0u:
what do you do. I need one. Models, video games, masturbation? Trying to support both me and my gf while she gets through school and although we are not exactly poor, I don't want to spend 50 bucks a day to entertain myself. I was thinking about buying some metal shaping hammers.



I picked Evil Weapon collecting ............. It's a hell of a lot cheaper then my last three hobbies
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:59:46 PM EST
Gardening is cheap as dirt!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:00:45 PM EST
Mountain biking...have bike will travel.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:02:00 PM EST
Here are two suggestions.

If you are married find yourself a girlfriend.

If you are single find yourselft two girlfriends.

Unless your gay. Then disregard the above suggestions.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:02:37 PM EST
Read. Library is free.

BTW, I'm trying to finish writing a book. 600 pages plus (12 font, single space, footnoted) is enough and it's time to do something else.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:03:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:03:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:05:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By 4v50:
Read. Library is free.

BTW, I'm trying to finish writing a book. 600 pages plus (12 font, single space, footnoted) is enough and it's time to do something else.



About what? Title?
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:10:05 PM EST
Legal highs. There's a whole world of fun un-scheduled pharmacopia waiting for you.

You can also do low-quality web sites for people for $5-$10 an hour. You can wing it. It beats baby sitting.

Archery is actually very inexpensive. Reuse the arrows. You can get a set up for under $200.

I'm working on becoming a financial planner and tax preparer. It'll pay for a new bass boat every year when I retire--in 30 some years.

Kama Sutra -- this is actually quite a lot of fun, but requires your GF to be present. Learn bondage together. You can waste a lot of hours with this one.


Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:11:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 4:13:15 PM EST by Garand_Shooter]
I will second the dumpster diving, kinda.

Sell on ebay, stuff you buy dirt cheap or get for free. You already have computer access or you wouldn't be posting here. All you need is a camera.

Set up a paypal account. If you don't buy on ebay, start, and buy a handfull of cheap item to get 10-15 good pieces of feedback (baseball cards, cheap tools, etc).

Start scrounging anything you think may sell from all over. Stuff tossed out at work, at business's, and list it with no reserve starting at $1. When you figure shipping, figure the cost to the farthest point (east or west coast) and add $1 to be safe. Doing that upfront will make the payment proccess easier when you don't have to trade emails..... plus give you a dollar or so extra profit if they are closer.

But, choose one thing you want to become an expert on and specialize in. Vintage clothing, tools, glassware, militaria, etc. Choose what interests you. The research the hell out of it. Ebay shows closed auctions going back 90 days... take a week and study them. See what sells, what doesn't. See what techniques work and dont (you will see identical items where one sold for a lot more... look and see why). then, start hitting pawn shops, flea markets, yard sales, dumpsters, whatever you think of to find items to sell.

Set a weekly limit on what you pay for items... start with $25. Stay at $25 a week for purchasing untill you have $100 profit in the bank. Then up to $50 untill you have $200 in profit in the bank, and keep growing.

Oh, and the USPS gives you free boxes, tape, and shipping envelopes!

I have two friends who did this and built it into a good business. One does tools, buying both vontage collectables and brand name (craftsman, snap-on etc) at flea markets, yardsale, pawn shops etc. The other does vintage clothing mostly from the same sources plus thrift stores.

They whole key is never pay much for an item, and do your research so you know what sells.


It is a hobby that you can profit from.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:12:54 PM EST
Start a toe nail collection.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:13:54 PM EST
... Many gyms you can join for under $15/month - just do it
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:15:23 PM EST
Scan UHF channels for static. Spend hours hunched over trying to decipher coded alien messages from said static.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:15:58 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:20:17 PM EST
seems like ebay is popular. I am not old enough to have a giant collection of stuff I don't want yet though.

I go to the gym every day.

Maybe I will go back to college... If you had a degree in Comp. Engineering, what would you get next. I am thinking of finishing and EE degree. I only would have a few classes to take, but I really want a masters degree. Hell I don't know.

I really like metal work, maybe I should buy a welder and build some junk....
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:23:19 PM EST
tagged (tagged to me is to save in bookmarks)
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:29:39 PM EST
Penguin - Sharpshooters. It's about the black powder sharpshooters from 1750 to 1900. It's filled with first hand accounts of marksmen who dealt out death from afar. Go to The High Road and check out the Blackpowder Forum there. There's a thread entitled Bedtime Stories or Sharpshooter Tales and is a good read.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:31:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By 4v50:
Penguin - Sharpshooters. It's about the black powder sharpshooters from 1750 to 1900. It's filled with first hand accounts of marksmen who dealt out death from afar. Go to The High Road and check out the Blackpowder Forum there. There's a thread entitled Bedtime Stories or Sharpshooter Tales and is a good read.



Cool!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:39:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By enigma2y0u:
seems like ebay is popular. I am not old enough to have a giant collection of stuff I don't want yet though.

I go to the gym every day.

Maybe I will go back to college... If you had a degree in Comp. Engineering, what would you get next. I am thinking of finishing and EE degree. I only would have a few classes to take, but I really want a masters degree. Hell I don't know.

I really like metal work, maybe I should buy a welder and build some junk....



Thats the cool thing about my plan.. you don't have to have stuff to sell half the fun is going out and finding it.

Another option... find out if your town has a volunteer fire department or rescue squad. Doesn't costs a dime to join, in some cases they pay a little by call, and they will pay for all training. You can become a certified firefighter or paramedic for free, and have some fun and get to help people.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 4:48:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By RandomUser:
Scan UHF channels for static. Spend hours hunched over trying to decipher coded alien messages from said static.




That one sounds good! Set up a tape recorder and sell your recordings to tabloids! [tinfoil]

Samuel
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 6:13:02 PM EST
Chain mail - wire is cheap, all you need is a mandrel, pliers and a pair of aviation snips. www.mailleartisans.org/ is a good place to start for weaves and patterns.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 6:16:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 6:17:10 PM EST by geish]
Stock Trading. It makes money, and it will take up your time......hopefully........if you're good......
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 6:19:15 PM EST
Serial Killer. All you need is a car and some creativity.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 8:01:46 PM EST



classic aluminum boats.. from the 50's.. cheap to buy..


Feathercraft, lonestar, duracraft, the list goes on and on.. I epecially like the early
50's Barrel back style

restore them.. easy to work on

classic outboard motors are cheap too.. 1956 through 1959 are the most liked by
enthusists.. and there is an antique outboard motor club you can join to be in touch
with other freaks like yourself.. for trade and purchasing etc.. we have wet meets
and dry meets all year.. bring your boat.. camp, have fun meet other people... good
group of people.. not a bunch of nerds like you might think..
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 8:45:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 8:53:52 PM EST by Mr_Jimmy_Fly]

Originally Posted By Ramjet:
I heard that flying was cheap!



Right on! Flying was once my hobbie now I owe Key Bank and Sallie Mae $75k for a career in aviation.

A few of my many hobbies are: Plastic model building, wooden model building (radio control and static models), golf, archery, metal detecting, photography and AR15 (singular). I once collected old bakelite telephones and restored them, I still have a few. I used to rescue old solid wood furniture on trash day, found a nice lawn mower too! Florida is a good region for this hobby, hit the high rent neighborhoods. Yard/garage sales to eBay is a profitable venture. And if none of this is appealing you could peek in your neighbors windows at night, risky but rewarding. Post the pictures.


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Originally Posted By RandomUser:
Scan UHF channels for static. Spend hours hunched over trying to decipher coded alien messages from said static.
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^Now this is funny stuff!^

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:09:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mr_Jimmy_Fly:

Originally Posted By Ramjet:
I heard that flying was cheap!



Right on! Flying was once my hobbie now I owe Key Bank and Sallie Mae $75k for a career in aviation.

A few of my many hobbies are: Plastic model building, wooden model building (radio control and static models), golf, archery, metal detecting, photography and AR15 (singular). I once collected old bakelite telephones and restored them, I still have a few. I used to rescue old solid wood furniture on trash day, found a nice lawn mower too! Florida is a good region for this hobby, hit the high rent neighborhoods. Yard/garage sales to eBay is a profitable venture. And if none of this is appealing you could peek in your neighbors windows at night, risky but rewarding. Post the pictures.


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Originally Posted By RandomUser:
Scan UHF channels for static. Spend hours hunched over trying to decipher coded alien messages from said static.
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^Now this is funny stuff!^




Golf and Photography are my hobbies also but I didn't post them because they are not cheap.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:24:59 AM EST
I went through a period in my life where I needed cheap hobbies. Here's what worked for me: Least expensive - Watching baseball games on TV or listening to them on the radio. Start actually scoring the games with a score card. You can make one yourself in a couple of minutes.
Next least expensive - building model kits. Start with the cheap ten dollar kits until you get good. Even adding in an occassional thirty to forty dollar kit, if it takes you around two and a half weeks to complete a kit it's still possible to get the total cost (paints, tools, etc.) down into the fifteen to seventeen dollars a week range.
Unfortunately, shooting isn't a very good inexpensive hobby because it doesn't gobble up enough time for your money.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:28:04 AM EST
Volunteer at your local VA Hospital.

Donate your time to the VFW.

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:38:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 8:39:09 AM EST by arowneragain]
Cheap hobbies I have known (and loved):

duck hunting
deer hunting
any form of hunting that requiresa the care/maintenance of a dog
fishing
skydiving
1911s
AR15s­


Sometimes I think I'd be better off to find a second job for the weekends, and make working a hobby.

edit...oh, you said cheap......nevermind.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:46:59 AM EST
Video games
Guns
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:49:59 AM EST
Spend $500 on a good quality used guitar.

It could keep you busy for the rest of your life.

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:53:25 AM EST
Digital photography.

All you need is a digital camera, computer and rechargeable batteries. You may already have a digital camera. If not, digital camera prices are going down and with xmass coming, they should be getting better.

You my take the great photo you've always been looking for.

I started taking digital photos and am having fun. I splurged and got a better camera but it should last along time.

Colt_SBR
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:57:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By spm681:
Here are two suggestions.

If you are married find yourself a girlfriend.

If you are single find yourselft two girlfriends.

Unless your gay. Then disregard the above suggestions.



Are u kidding...your gonna send him to the poorhouse!
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 9:29:14 AM EST
Take up AIRGUN Target shooting, by selecting a pump airgun you can do this real cheap after the start up price of a decent little hobby shooter, I know alot of people who practice indoors in their home. This will build your shooting skills.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 10:05:58 AM EST
You want cheap: Marathon Running. No electricity for the TV, excellent health benifits, no memberships required, bla.... bla.... bla....

There is also abandonedware games. Free, and some are pretty good. Won't even have to upgrade your computer.

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 10:22:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
Spend $500 on a good quality used guitar.

It could keep you busy for the rest of your life.




+1 But if you dont have the drive...its just a waste of money
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 10:40:27 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 11:19:34 AM EST
You're in UT right? Outdoors man. Hiking, bouldering, ~Kama Sutra~ (I second... but outdoors). Last summer I got bored and decided to build a tesla coil! Potato gun designing. Build a catapult! Mix household cleaners indoors. Gourmet cooking, the gf will love you for it. Wood carving. Go to the driving range. Learn to match your clothes (again, the for the gf). Get a book published. Rent porn with your gf's rental card-then you can whack it with her getting all the shame.

Just do something, so you can stop bothering all of us internet know-it-alls.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 11:33:17 AM EST
I jack it. Lotion costs me an average of $2.00 every week.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 11:43:09 AM EST
I'm writing a video game, an RPG and the sweet thing about RPG maker 2000, 2003 and XP is that you don't have to know any programming language and you don't have to write any code. It's easy and a great way to spend time!
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