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How To Relax On A Budget

Feb 19, 2008
After a long hard week at work, you're ready to kick back and relax. You've maybe even had some interest for quite a while in taking up a new hobby like kayaking or biking or even knitting. But, because you live on a budget (and who doesn't, these days?), you've not had much opportunity to turn any of these dreams into a reality.

How can you decide which is most cost effective and which you should pursue first? Well, the first thing to do is to learn all you can about whatever it is you want to do to relax. For some, it's easy. Spending the weekend catching up on the latest reality shows or sports in front of the TV is all that is required. For others, getting up in the morning and meeting friends for breakfast can do it. For still others, hanging out with the kids and maybe going to visit relatives would qualify. We all need some variety, however, and we get bored with doing the same things every week.

Prioritize

If you're ready to explore a new hobby, first look into the details, as mentioned above. Is your hobby of choice doable all year round? If you really want to take up snowboarding, but it's July, you'll have to wait to actually hit the slopes. But you can, however, read up on the sport and even start shopping for your equipment. (You also have ample time to save up) Getting more info is free in most cases, and can definitely help you switch gears after a week of work...translate: relax!

If your relaxation method of choice is one that can be pursued all year, take a look at costs after you know what all is entailed. Can you afford to jump right in or do you need to do it piecemeal? If there's a large start-up cost (like buying a kayak or a bike), you may need to set aside some money each week so that you can buy what you need without going into debt. If not, you can get started right away.

If you're still unsure about whether or not you want to jump in that kayak, visit a sporting goods store or better yet, a local outfitter where you can ask lots of questions and maybe even get some lessons. Talk to other customers in the store who are looking at the same things you are; user opinion can go a long way towards helping you make the right decisions. Taking a class is a great way to try out a new pastime for little to no cost. You'll be able to get your questions answered, find out if you have any aptitude whatsoever for the activity and if you're ready to finance it.

Finally, see if you have some friends or family members who are interested in the same activities. You can share costs with them (if applicable) which can make it easier to take part. Whether you end up blazing the trails or sipping a warm drink by a cozy back yard grill, go ahead and relax. You deserve it!
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