Adding a New Hobby to My Expenses
How do you handle spending money on hobbies? Do you have a certain amount set aside for them in your monthly spending, or do you just kind of go with the flow? Or maybe you stick with free hobbies, like reading or blogging.
About a month ago I signed up for an oil painting class, and I finally finished up my first painting yesterday. (We’d spent classes working on other stuff instead, and since I’ve only had time to paint during class, it’s taken me a while.)
Here it is:
(Don’t mind all the masking tape.)
I’ve really been enjoying this hobby. Time seems to fly by when I’m doing it, and I can actually concentrate too, which is highly unusual for me. However, it’s a pretty pricey hobby.
Even the beginner-grade oil paints and supplies are expensive. A pad of paper palettes? $10. One tube of olive green paint? $13. I could go crazy buying stuff, but so far have held back. (It’s not hard to hold back when stuff is that expensive.)
I imagine the costs will taper off after awhile, so it shouldn’t be too bad in the future except for the classes, which are actually pretty inexpensive considering how long they last. What kinds of things do you enjoy doing?