A hobby enables you to escape from the stress of daily life. Hobbies help you unwind, have fun doing things that you love. Hobbies are good for overall health as also mental well-being. But some hobbies can be costly and cause financial distress. Your budget takes a hit too. For some, a hobby can cause financial stress. Most Americans feel a need to spend more on their hobbies due to lockdowns, but the amounts vary from person to person. Are you among those who overspend on hobbies?
WHAT HOBBIES CAN COST A FORTUNE?
Hobbies that cost a fortune are sailing, ballroom dancing, flying, horseback riding, mountain climbing, drag racing, playing polo, big game hunting, tornado chasing, sky diving, collecting expensive antiques, memorabilia, etc. Some of these force you to spend millions of dollars annually. The hobby that you choose to pursue must be in tune with your present lifestyle that you follow and, also depending on your income levels. If raking in several millions throughout the year, these millionaires can shell out much wealth on their hobbies. But if not, pursuing expensive hobbies can be disastrous for your savings and your financial health. A hobby that is very costly for you, is possibly a mere 1% of another person’s annual income.
ALWAYS SET ASIDE A FIXED SUM
When preparing a budget, your savings, car loans, mortgages, utilities, and necessities remain a top priority. With much money to spend after clearing all your bills, you must decide whether to spend only a portion of it or the entire sum, on your hobby. Some people earmark a certain amount to spend after meeting all monthly expenses, whether fixed or recurring. They can utilize the amount by spending on entertainment, luxuries, anything they would like to buy, or their hobbies. When you keep a fixed amount for your use, you can readily use it without having any feeling of guilt. It is very important to never exceed your budget. If your hobby cuts deep into your budget, you will have to decide whether you continue that hobby. While deciding, you ought to ask yourself the following questions:
CAN HOBBIES BE TOO COSTLY?
Evaluate your hobby to assess the actual cost you must incur, seeking hidden expenses like gear replacement, membership fees, fuel, etc. Often expenditure on your hobby extends beyond your budget, without your realizing that. Once you reckon your actual costs, you compare the actual percentage of income available for other budget expenses. That helps you to analyse if spending more on your hobby than the sum of money saved.
ARE HOBBIES IMPORTANT?
Pursuing a hobby enables expressing of your individuality and many are passionate about their hobbies. If removed from your life, you lose much enjoyment from your life. A hobby is integrated with an individual’s lifestyle and if your hobby eats into your budget, it’s no issue for you. A hobby has immense benefits that make them worthwhile such as mental health, physical health, helping people, fitness, or contributing to community welfare. These benefits outweigh the financial costs that occur. It’s impossible to measure joy in this world in monetary terms. There are ways of saving money without compromising on the quality of a hobby. Hobbies are also profitable. Some make a living off them.