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Frugal hobbies to save money

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I like landscape photography, but my camera isn’t really suitable for photographing people or events. I did see a frugal wedding on TV where the wedding album was made up of photographs taken by guests with their cameras and phones; that’s not a bad idea. The quality won’t be as good as a professional photographer with a DSLR and all the equipment; but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper. Many amateur photographers using DSLRs and advanced photo editing software will get quite good photos though. You can share the photos on Facebook rather than doing printouts too.

Gardening is a great frugal hobby, it gets you out in the fresh air and you get lots of healthy exercise. It wasn’t a great year this year for getting out in the garden. The garden tip I picked up recently was to put oats around plants to stop slugs, that is a useful tip this year, there are slugs everywhere. You can save money growing your own vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. A well planned garden in England will provide a few pounds worth of fruit and vegetables every day in summer. Try growing things like runner beans and salad,  like lettuces.

Everything on cars now is complicated and repairing them is a specialised job. You can learn how to do a few things yourself like changing bulbs, wiper blades and little things like that. You can also clean and valet it yourself. Valeting services are expensive and if you clean it inside and out and polish it properly, it will maintain it’s value better. You can also save a few quid by changing the oil, air filter and oil filter yourself.

There are lots of DIY jobs around the house that you can learn how to do, to save money. Painting and decorating is a skilled job, but most people do their own. Try doing a course at college and learn how to do it like a professional. The main difference between a professional and an amateur besides skills, is materials and tools. The professional will use a trade paint, prepare the surface well before he starts and use good quality tools.

Cooking is a good skill to have too. You can get recipe books and teach yourself, watch TV programmes and learn that way or do a college course. It’s not rocket science, but can save you a fortune compared to eating out. If you become really good at it, you will probably enjoy it. Specialising in a particular dish or a particular type of cooking is a good way to start. If all your friends know you as the best savoury dumpling cook in the world, you might just enjoy making them!

Restoring old furniture from the 20th century is a good skill to have, some of those ornate sideboards that used to adorn living rooms years ago can be very ornate. They look great if you remove the old varnish by scraping it off, then sand paper it. The ornate bits can have the varnish removed with paint stripper. Then when it’s been sanded really smooth, apply a new coat of varnish with a quality brush and it will come up like new. The inside of cupboards can be cleaned and then painted into a dark neutral emulsion. When you get really good at it, you can move up to restoring antique furniture. There is lots of furniture to restore, welsh dresser and kitchen chairs, hall tables, sideboards, dining tables and chairs.

There is a lots you can do with pictures too. You can restore old picture frames, frame photographs and other pictures or restore old pictures on your computer. Try taking a photograph of a friend’s house, then edit it on your computer, print it out at A4 and then  frame it. You have a great personalised gift at a really great price. Get your A4 frame from a discounter like Poundland.

On a zillion ideas today, I have my recipe for chicken and celery soup, that was cheaper than buying ready made soup! Do you have any frugal ideas? Please comment.


5 responses

  1. Love the wedding photogrpahy idea – wouldn’t there be some great candid shots in that album! =D

    31, August 2012 at 9:55 am

    • Hi,

      Yes, some photographers might even include the honeymoon! 😉

      31, August 2012 at 2:42 pm

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  3. Jean Miller

    I really enjoy gardening. Plus you can actually see the fruits of your labor.

    3, September 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • Hi Jean,

      The food taste great too. I have apple trees, the crop won’t be as good this year as last, but they do taste like apples. The ones in the shops taste like cardboard!

      Thanks for visiting. 🙂

      3, September 2012 at 11:27 pm

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