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Hobbies don’t Break the Bank
July 25, 2017
Reading. Sports. Music. Gaming. Acting. We all have hobbies. Our hobbies make us who we are. They show our varied and unique personalities. They can also be expensive, very expensive.
During the school year, your hobbies are likely built into your day by one or several of your teachers or coaches. Summer makes it a little more challenging. Oftentimes, there is an additional cost to participate in our favorite activities during the Summer. How can you still participate without breaking the bank? It’s not that hard. It may take a little research, but there’s always a way with the right motivation.
Reading. The library is just waiting for you. Peruse the books, find a favorite author and see how much of their work you can read by the end of summer. No way to get to the library? Check out
. Sign up is easy. You supply your email address, your favorite genres and authors. Then every day they email you a list of matching books that can be found online for a deal that day. Prices range from FREE to $2.99. Sometimes, you can download entire series for FREE!
Sports. Find your buddies and invite them over for a game. If you don’t have the right set up at your house, does one of your buddies? Is there a park nearby where you can start a pick-up game? Chances are, you aren’t the only one wanting to play.
Music and Acting. Do you like music or theater or both? If you like to play or act, check out a community band or theater. They often times have summer performances and need talent. It’s the perfect opportunity to practice your skills during the off season. If you want to attend a performance, find some friends and go to the free events. Not your kind of performance? Get your friends to compile their favorite playlist on Spotify or iTunes. Then share them with each other. Have a favorite play or opera? You can take care of that too. Have a listening or video viewing party and enjoy spending time together.
Gaming. Games can get real expensive real fast. Prices can get up to more than $150. You have to flip a lot of burgers, mow a lot of lawns or babysit a lot of kids to pay for them. There are ways to play for a lot less money. First of all, there’s GameStop. They buy and sell games much cheaper. Still out of your price range? Check out
. Games are designed by individuals just trying to get started in the business and you reap the benefits. Prices start an only $.05.
This doesn’t cover every hobby of every person, but you get the idea. There are lots options. The key to remember is the plethora of options doesn't mean you have to spend every penny you make during the summer to participate. Save the money. Put it in your CU account. Then you will know you had a great summer, while still planning for your future.
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