… but for reasons other than you think!
I love to sew. Sewing is in fact one of my favorite hobbies, even though, like most hobbies for most people, I don’t get to do it nearly enough. (In fact, I like most crafty type hobbies, like embroidery, decoupage, painting and so on.)
And it’s true that sewing helps me to save money because I don’t have to spend money on alterations, and I can also make my own clothes (not that I do that very often!). I’ve been able to buy lots of clothes from thrift stores which were in great shape, but needed some kind of alteration, and thus gotten a great garment without spending a lot of money. Not to mention all the money that I don’t have to spend getting my pants shortened. (Is it just me, or are all pants sized for giraffes?)
There is a more important way, however, that sewing (which could be replaced by any hobby really) saves me money.
It keeps me from spending money.
Because I’m sewing, or planning a sewing project, or thinking about things that I would like to make, I’m not out shopping and spending money. I know that when I’m bored I’m tempted to go shopping, for lack of something better to do.
Although there are all the frugal benefits that come along with not having to replace clothes as often, or being able to tailor and customize things to fit my taste and needs, for me, having this hobby saves me mainly money because I have something to do.
So this afternoon, on my mid-week break, I’m going to get down the pile of clothes and projects that I’ve been stashing in my room. I’m going to haul out the sewing machine and supplies and hope that, in between serving snacks and mediating disputes, I’ll be able to fit a bit of frugality in.
What are your frugal hobbies? Do they help you save money or do they cost you money?