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October 7, 2015


So my question is simple. What are your hobbies? I've been itching to do BJJ or Krav Maja, but I just don't have the money for it right now. What are some hobbies that don't take a whole lot of money to get into?

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Title Hobbies?
Author awyden
Upvotes 6
Comments 37
Date 07 October 2015 01:09 PM UTC (5 years ago)
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[–]strategos_autokratorRed Beret2 points3 points  (3 children) | Copy

Shop around for BJJ. It isn't THAT much a month. Make a budget. Figure out how save money for it, even if it means working more hours or cutting off on other crap (like drinking or shit like that). Go do it.

Men solve problems. If you want to do BJJ, solve it and do it. That kind of determination is what leads to the leadership women like. It is better to pursue this dream, than to ask random internet strangers what are their hobbies. Remember, in the end, your goal is not to play reddit puppet to what we say, but to lead your life your way.

Martial Arts, especially something with live sparring, is great for self confidence and making guy friends.

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

I'll probably start with Krav Maja, Its done at the Y like 10 minutes from my house. If you don't have a Y membership is 110 a month, which is pretty steep for me right now. With a Y it drops but then you have to pay for the membership, so it evens out.

I agree with your other thought, I'm just trying to get some ideas on things i haven't thought of.

[–]strategos_autokratorRed Beret2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Plan how you can shave of 110 in a month. For example, if the Y has gym facilities, would it make sense to go there instead to another gym to lift? Things like that. The details don't matter, what matters is you will solve this problem to get what you want. The sacrifices will make you commit to this. Report in "Own Your Shit" as you progress.

[–]enfier2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

If you are poor, the Y offers discounted memberships. I realize broke doesn't mean poor, but it might be worth checking.

[–]Nebulose112 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I have the same problem as you. Money is so tight Ron Jeremy couldn't fuck it.

The Library is free and there are books and women and sometimes women with books. Watch out for them, reading leads to thinking and that's unnatural (Gaston might lay on the AA/AM a bit too hard). has pretty much anything you can think of. Join a kickball, soccer, or ultimate frisbee team.

[–]turbosympathique2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

In life you either do want you want or do what you can.

If you go for what you always want to do (Like BJJ or Krav Maja) you wont be doing much.

But if you go for activity that you can actually afford you will be doing all kind of stuff.

I would love to have a proper powerRack with all the weight and accessory. But I can't afford it. Instead of doing nothing about it I build one myself found some weight online and started right away. It's all in the attitude.

[–]livelikealesbianWoman/lesbian2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Bushcraft. Take a hachet out in the woods and build a shelter. Read up on edible plants in your area and wander around trying to identify them. Get a knife and some fishing line and make a bow & arrow. Shit is cheap or free and they are always good skills to have.

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is fucking badass

[–]thisisme00071 point2 points  (4 children) | Copy


[–]rurpe0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

producing or consuming?

[–]thisisme00072 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy

I don't understand how consuming a podcast could be considered a hobby.

[–]rurpe2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I agree with you but there some people out there who think watching football is a hobby.

[–]GasStationCoffee0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Reading is a hobby. Podcast listening or audio books are the audio versions.

[–]FearDearg2015Mod / Red Beret1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

What do you like doing? Do more of it. What did you do before you handed your balls to your wife? Start doing that again. Your "hobby" could just be going to the park to read for a few hours.

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Smoked weed, played video games, and jerked off alot.. So i don't think i need to return to that. that was a decade ago though..

[–]strategos_autokratorRed Beret2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

An alternative to think of new ideas: think of alpha men in your area, and their hobbies. If some of these interest you, join it. Haivng a good circle of male friends helps a lot with your frame.

[–]FearDearg2015Mod / Red Beret0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Volunteering somewhere? Public speaking, write poetry, write a book

[–]itstartstoday1231 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Do cardio that will help you with strentghtening your muscles associated with those two disciplines. I am waiting until mid October to late October to sign up for the same things until I have the a little more in line. Try athlean X training.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Bjj, N.G. Aikido, brew beer, build shit/house diy projects. Pluck around on my musical instruments. Used to be in a local band, may again one day if the people are right. Recently become semi obsessed with cigars, NOT CHEAP, but I find other cigar smokers are very generous , especially if you supply quality home made beer see above.

Really depends on your area what you can do on the cheap.

Where I'm at you can go get a p.o.s. fishing pole from wal-ly world, dig up some earthworms, buy a 3$ used pickle bucket from Firehouse subs and hit the creeks. The fishing license is only 10$/year.

I also recently cut down some small diameter trees in the back yard. Noticed the wood might make for small items of rustic looking furniture, so I've been stripping bark and allowing it to dry. Stripping bark with a 5in1 tool takes time but is oh so meditative.

I re-purpose the shit out of used items. Become a poor-mans American Picker. Ie. go to rich neighborhoods the night before their trash pickup and see if they've put crap out already. Easy way to get into aquariums. Easy way to get furniture that just needs a little restoration. Maybe sell it later for $ to pay for other hobbies. Go to yard/garage sales early on the weekend and find weird and rare things, learn how to haggle down to nothing.

I could retire today and have no shortage of things to do every day until death.

On beer brewing: there are MANY levels of brewing that cost you little to lots. Check out the homebrewing subreddit. I think if you're creative and already have certain items you can do so at 100$. Not including the ingredients (kits range from 30-60 when starting, later on it gets more cost effective if you go to all grain).

Yoga classes are fairly cheap. Tai-chi is nearly free if you don't mind hanging with old people out in the park, talk about stress reduction. Find local volunteer things to do as well. That's a hobby that pays back in all sorts of unexpected ways.

[–]LBEB800 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Hiking, camping, running, lifting heavy objects, learning a new language, carpentry, knife making, etc.

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Id like to get into carpentry. Wouldn't the entry cost be high? how can i start without a huge upfront investment. I lift, but i wouldn't classify it as a hobby. Its a necessity.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I am pretty sure either ROLLO or IAN have posts on their blogs that are basically titled " masculine hobbies"

About BJJ : plenty of schools have done "in trade" things for people who really want to train

offer to clean the school, offer to do other chores as payment or partial payment. ask if they can use some skill you have.

I have friends who traded cleaning services, babysitting services, rides, various repairs, computer work, website design whatever

or just cut out $3.70 cents a day per month out of your spending

[–]pullypants0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I've been running and cycling as part of a group; free (if you already own a bike and trainers) and a good way of getting a group of men as mates. I've been doing basic wood projects with reclaimed shipping pallets, built a fence, a dog guard and a garden bench so far. It's a good use of time, you're outside, taking them apart is good fun and so's putting them back together. Kids have started calling me DIY DAD!

[–]RealEstateRockstar0 points1 point  (4 children) | Copy

Making money. My hobby is my 2nd job. Real Estate Investing

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

yeah i'd like to get into that.. again, huge cost barrier for entry

[–]RealEstateRockstar0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

That's false. I started with nothing. go to amazon and buy all the books on the first page of a search for "Real Estate Wholesaling"

[–]awyden[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

dude nice. I'll check it out. Does it make you pretty good money?

[–]RealEstateRockstar1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Hell yes it does.

[–]Glennus6260 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You know you were a craigslist hardcore beta when you misread bjj as "bbj" (bareback blow job).

I recently got back into model building. I had a couple of revolutionary war era ship models I wanted to put together from years ago, but the wife was always nagging that I spent too much time on one I completed when we first got hitched. The thing is, the quiet time was something I've been missing, as was the introspection it afforded me. Your hands are full of purpose, sometimes you need to improvise, it tests your attention to detail and the feeling I got from displaying a finished one in my home office or on the mantle really made me feel accomplished.

As I've become more RP, the wife doesn't hassle me about any alone time I spend on models, and she will try to suggest interesting things to do to head me off at the pass if she thinks I might go down to my workshop in the basement.

[–]RedCML0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

My hobbies don't matter. Your hobbies matter. There was a great post a while ago about hobbies. Read the whole thing. The gist is this: learn the difference between hobbies & interests. Have some of both. With hobbies you need at least 3: Physical, Creative, and Mental. Some of these can overlap. I actually think more hobbies is better than 1-2, but you should be passionate about all of them and moreso about 1-2 of them.

For physical, I enjoy hiking and light climbing. These are free. I like to take photographs while hiking. I have several creative hobbies including craftbrewing (but that can get expensive the more you get into it!) and woodworking. For mental I am a tech guy and I read a lot to develop my professional skills.

The gym and a daily exercise routine are not a hobby or interest. This is a base level requirement. Going to the gym and planning your workouts doesn't make you interesting. The results make you physically attractive.

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