We all have different hobbies and they cost different amounts of money. There are some hobbies that are free, but we mainly have to pay for them in some way or another. Some will be quite cheap such as reading or watching television but if we like art and crafts or holidays then we will have to be prepared to pay out quite a bit of money. There are things though, that you might be able to do which will make it easier to afford them.

Sell things you make


If you make things for your hobby then you might be able to sell them and make money. For example, if you paint then you may be able to sell your artwork. You could try selling originals, prints or make them into cards or things like that. If you bake then you could see whether you could sell your cakes in a local shop or at fairs or things like that. Obviously, you will not make things in every hobby and if you are just learning you may not feel confident enough to sell the items that you have made anyway, but it might be more useful for someone who is more experienced. You could though, give the items away as gifts and that would save you the cost of buying someone a gift.

Set up training videos/website


A lot of people like to learn by looking online. There are lots of websites and videos where you can find all sorts of information about different things relating to hobbies as well as other things. It could be possible for you to provide some sort of information about your hobby that people will be interested and you may be able to earn money form that. For example, you might be able to demonstrate certain art techniques, explain rules of the sport you play or do walkthroughs of video games. There will be other people doing a similar thing and so you will need to carefully look at what is there already and find a way to do it so that you are different. You need to stand out from the crowd, do something a bit different or promote yourself differently so that others will be interested in you rather than the other people that are already doing it. If you go down this route, you will need to make your money out of advertising and so you will need to find out what the criteria for this is and how many people you would need to have viewing in order to get a decent revenue. Some people will review things in connection with their hobby and they then find that people start sending them free things to review and they get things for free which can be almost as good as getting paid.

Write about your hobby


Another possibility is to write about your hobby. You could bring out books about it, perhaps instructional or informative so that people who are learning about it or have similar interests will be able to find out more. Again, you will need to look in to what is there already and you will need to decide whether you will self-publish the book or whether you will try to find a publisher. The former is much easier but not having a publisher to promote your book for you can mean that you will have to shoulder the expense of that yourself and if you do not have much experience of it then it can be difficult to know where to start. You could consider writing on a website rather than in a published book and see whether you can make money through advertising on that website.

Alternative methods


You could always find ways to pay for your hobby which are not related to it, such as doing extra work but that will take time away that you might rather be spending on your hobby. If it is something that you do in all of your free time then you will probably be unwilling to give up that time. However, if it is something you do less often, such as going on holidays, then you might be prepared to take on extra work so that you can afford to go on the holidays more often. You could consider whether you could spend less money in other areas so that you can afford to spend more on your hobby. This could be easily achieved by comparing prices and buying cheaper items, but you may have to buy less items if you need to find a significant amount of money. It can be hard to spend less but if you know that it is so that you will be able to spend more money on your hobby then this may motivate you to give up things that you are not so keen on.

A lot of us pay more than we realise for entertainment. If we are struggling for money, then it might be that we are paying more than we realise and there could be ways that we will be able to cut down what we are paying out so that we can have more money available for other things. We might want to be able to repay a loan such as those offered by Cobra, save more money or just struggle less with managing each month and it could be easier than you might think!

Television/movies


There are lots of options for paying for television and films these days it can get rather confusing. As well as a free to view option, which comes through a set top box or satellite which a TV licence is needed for you can also choose from Satellite and cable options which have a fee as well as the need for a television licence. These are all live television options. In addition to this there are companies that release films and/or other series which you pay a monthly subscription for but because they do not broadcast live there is no need for a television licence. These all vary in cost as well and they will have different deals available depending on how many channels you want or things like this. Some people will have a selection of subscriptions and this is where money may be able to be saved. It could be that you have access to more things than you can possibly watch or you may even have subscriptions that you have forgotten about. It can be wise to take a look at what you are actually paying for and think about whether you really need it all. Compare the different services and think about whether you feel that you are getting good value for money, taking into account how much you actually use the service.

Mobile phones


We use our mobile phones for all sorts of things such as listening to music, watching videos, playing games, taking photos, sending texts and sometimes making phone calls! It is therefore not surprising that we like to have the latest phones with all the best functions, camera and speed. It might also be the case that you will want an expensive deal as well so that you get plenty of time free to use the Internet as well as send texts and make calls. It is worth making sure though, that you do have the best deal. There are so many available and if you stay loyal to the same company it is likely that you will be paying more than necessary, so do consider moving around to take advantage of better prices. Also consider whether you can reduce your package a bit or renew your phone less often.

Music


We often pay for music, either a contract to listen to music ad free or to buy music that we can own and listen to as much as we like. Do make sure that when you are considering buying music that it is something that you really will make use of and listen to a lot. It is easy to think that you will like a particular album and then buy it to find that you do not listen to it that much. Therefore, make sure that you listen to it before you buy and that you are really going to get good value for money for any music that you buy or subscribe to.

Gaming


Many of us like to play computer games or apps and have great fun with them. They can be extremely expensive though and it is worth bearing in mind that there are lots of free games. Try to play as many free games as you can on your phone or computer and this will save you a lot of money. If you have a games console then be careful about which games you are buying for it. You will find that you will buy some games and then realise that they are not as good as you thought and you hardly play them. Therefore, make sure that you read lots of reviews first and even see if any of your friends already have it so that you can try it out before you buy it.

Going out


For many of us entertainment means going out with friends or family to pubs, clubs, restaurants, concerts, plays, cinema or similar. The cost of doing this can really add up. Drinks are always more expensive at these places compared to drinking at home and the same goes for food. You might think that is all part of the experience but if things are getting too costly then it could be wise to consider eating and drinking before you go out. You may also want to consider going out les soften if things are getting costly or perhaps comparing prices of different venues and going to cheaper ones.