Low or No Cost Ways to Enjoy Your Hobby

I’ve talked a bit on some of my philosophy regarding hobbies in regards to cost and size. I would hope I have made a somewhat compelling case for the frugal approach to both trains and games. Admittedly, either hobby is not likely to be a low cost endeavor as a whole, but with the right focus and ideas, you can make it happen.

Thanks to scrap parts, a gift of textured plastic sheets, and lots of coffee stirrers, this nice little house cost next to nothing to create.

Thanks to scrap parts, a gift of textured plastic sheets, and lots of coffee stirrers, this nice little house cost next to nothing to create.

But having the right philosophy is only half the battle- you need to be able to make it work, to have an idea or several ideas of how to make it all work. You may want a nicely detailed railroad, with little $$$ put into it, but how to get from that idea to the reality you are envisioning? You want a nice board game that has a unique theme that you think your gaming group will really like, but you don’t want to spend $40, $50, $60 for it. How does one translate his goal into a reality?

Using cereal cardboard, and the paper I had already available, this good little game cost next to nothing to make, save the cubes, which cost around a $1.10

Using cereal cardboard, and the paper I had already available, this good little game cost next to nothing to make, save the cubes, which cost around a $1.10

That is why I thought it would be useful to have a series of more practical posts over the next couple weeks on this topic-  a how-to kind of list of some of my tips and tricks to enjoy these hobbies without spending a lot of cash. This is certainly not an exhaustive list but it is a collection of some of my best ideas to date (in my humble opinion, so take them with a grain of salt!)While some tips are applicable to both of my hobbies, others are not, so I will have the prefix MR for a item to indicate it is a Model Railroading idea, and BG for a Board gaming tip or idea

Hopefully an idea or two could be useful to you as you enjoy your hobbies. If you have some good frugal ideas to share, feel free to put them in the comments!

 

 

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One thought on “Low or No Cost Ways to Enjoy Your Hobby

  1. Pingback: #30- A Look Back, and a Look Ahead | The Frugal Hobbyist

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