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Guide to an Affordable Later Lifestyle - Hobbies and Pastimes

With all the extra time that we have available in our later life (about 50 hours a week for the average person) many of us will be taking up new hobbies and pastimes. Hobbies are things that we enjoy doing, they fill the time agreeably, give us a sense of purpose and of things achieved and they can also help us to either keep fit physically and/or keep fit mentally and to help with meeting new people. However, hobbies can cost a lot of money, so what can we do if we're after an affordable later lifestyle?

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There are many hobbies and pastimes that we can do and enjoy that cost very little. For those that will help you keep active physically or mentally, take a look at the relevant pages of this Guide. On a broader front, however, there are many hobbies that we can do for very little expenditure. For some ideas, take a look at our Guide to Hobbies and Interests and, if you're interested in Arts and Crafts, our guide to that subject. Those two guides will give you lots to think about and choose from.

As well as what you'll find there, however, there is almost a limitless number of hobbies and pastimes that we can do for minimal cost. Think about:

Outdoors - ornithology, spotting wild flowers, beach combing, rambling.

Indoors - board games, card games, puzzles, jigsaws.

Creative Hobbies - writing; painting; making jam, chutney, marmalade, beer or wine; cookery, photography. Maybe we could make some money from some of these!Product Details

Arts and Crafts - needlework of all kinds, wood carving, card making. There might be money to be made here, too.

Musical - go to free lunchtime concerts, join a choir, start bell ringing, teach yourself to read music.

Discovering Things - archaeology, astrology, genealogy, local history. Also, discovering new things about your local area and using your bus pass to go and see them.

Collecting - collect whatever interests you and then you might even be able to sell it on and make some money.

Pets - get a pet that's cheap to own, become a dog walker and earn some money, look after animals on a voluntary basis at a local animal refuge.

Computers - learn about them and improve your skills by doing a cheap course (go to the learndirect website and see if you might qualify for a free course through them), become a 'silver surfer'.

Socialising - go to the pub and join the darts team, the crib league, the quiz team or the dominoes group, you and your group of friends take turns entertaining each other at home.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of relatively cheap or free hobbies and pastimes. It's designed to get you thinking and to show you that there are lots of things to do that don't cost lots of money. So if none of the above appeals to you, put on your thinking cap and come up with some of your own. The above links to our two guides will give you further options as will the links to the other pages of this Guide. So look at those first and then widen your search if necessary.

If you have any ideas of your own that we can add to this Guide, please complete the feedback form.

This Guide to an Affordable Later Lifestyle is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.

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