The ultimate list of INTELLECTUAL but cheap hobbies | Financial-Minimalist


It is very hard to oversell this hobby,because it is really important in all areas of own life.

We have been preoccupied by words since the dawn of time, so being able to express yourself will drastically improve your relationships, your job prospects and your overall mental health,for example by keeping a journal.

2. Journal.

We all need a little more clarity in our life, and the best way for me to see from an exterior perspective ,to say what I truly mean and what will never be heard is by this amazing hobby.You don’t actually need a pen and paper, if you are thinking about privacy,


Talking about cheap hobbies that actually do something for you, we have to finish strong,because reading is an amazing hobby, Take a look at at the book of Tara Westover -Educated


Chess is life.

Bobby Fisher.

Maybe it truly is intelectual warfare,and with all those apps and websites dedicated to this,maybe we should give it a try and get bitten by the bug of the competition.


From the caves of our ancestors to the graphic designers of today, who will charge you for a simple logo, this is a great CREATIVE outlet and a good source of fun as well. I have in plan to write about this subject, so use the search engine to find out more,either directly here on or by searching

site: Graphics design/ drawing / whatever

Google this to get more results!

6. Language learning.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

Nelson Mandela

We are all communicating,yet sometimes words might even mean different things on different places,that is why you should consider learning a new language, because you are open to new recipes to enjoy life, to new cultures and new points of view.Plus,it is an amazing workout for your brain ,and you can talk and not be understood,which is always a great feeling .


In this day and age, information can be accessible though different environments. So ,rather than blasting the same songs in your car on your way to work, or in the subway, why not learn something?Podcasts are free ,are on a extremely large group of categories and you can always just enjoy the feeling of being pleasantly surprised by a new one,so give it a shot!

8.Educate yourself online

On the internet you have free courses from universities, for example

9.Educate yourself OFFline

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

― Alvin Toffler

You should always be learning, and the fact of the matter is that you always will,even if you intend to or not. So why not register for that university courses with flexible time, why not test if you like different domains ,because only by taking LIFE by the collar you can feel it’s heart beating !

10.Start a blog

Are you an expert in a field?Why not share your ideas, your tips and make quite a lot of money , without any effort , because the internet is full of curious people.I know I am,and please let me know down in the comment section what do you think of my list. Do you agree with me?Do you have any suggestions?

If you are interested in this, you can be interested in THIS ARTICLE- BLOGGING FOR A LiVING?

11. Programming/other technology-driven hobby

This is very stimulating ,will get you more money than you can count if you are driven (Search for the developer of Flapping Bird for example) and will surely never get boring.

It is truly a magnific place to start having fun and give a workout for your brain, that is why I intend to write a more in-depth article about that, but I am not sure that this is the type of article for this blog. I got this idea when I saw an ex Google employee that was making up to 1000 dollars PER HOUR as a freelancer , just by being great at it. What do you guys think?

I read and answer each comment.


This is a great hobby because with a camera and a natural curiosity and minimum creativity, you can become great at expressing yourself, exploring the places around you and make some serious money if you are good at it .The resources / tutorials are free and all over the map, and you can start just with your smartphone .

I find that I learn better from a book rather from Youtube that is mindless entertainment most of the time,so that is the reason i suggest this book:

Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks Hardcover – August 18, 2015

This book from Amazon will do wonders for you!


If you like to play a detective, why not take a few moments one evening and draw your tree with your relatives, for example like now, when the winter holidays are just around the corner? This will bring you closer together , will offer you the chance to find out A LOT more information about your relatives and is a lot of fun as well.


This is taking the world by storm , just like as I said about Salsa and West coast swing ( you can find the article HERE ), but it is simply the mental equivalent for these dances,because it is simple to see the benefits,you get a strong mental clarity and ,to get a simple ,visceral understanding of this, imagine that the voice in your head just dims down the volume and life opens in front of you with a surprisingly BETTER resolution.

I will write more about this topic later on if you consider it relevant,so let me know down in the comments section.

I suggest HEADSPACE ,and you can find out more by clicking that link!

Thinking about what you entered……..
You are in!

What do you think about this list so far?

Do you have any suggestions that don’t mind sharing with me?

Talk to you soon,

David Mead

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7 thoughts on “The ultimate list of INTELLECTUAL but cheap hobbies | Financial-Minimalist

  1. Writing is such a powerful hobby. It not only soothes oneself but now due to technology and websites like wordpress and other sites its become a hobby in which you just only dont need to invest money but can also earn along the way by finding and taking the right steps.
    Reading books is another favourite hobby of mine. Though it sometimes can get expensive as i like to have my hardcover edition than a kindle edition which costs me bucks. But investment in books always pays off in double

    Do visit my blog. You shall come across some good travel Content and content on some other topics as well.

    Happy blogging and a very happy new year !!!! 🙂

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    1. I am exactly the same, and I love how well you have put it. I love your content and I hope that you will be able to say the same about mine (at least in time.)… You earned another follower 🙂


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