If you live in a winter climate like I do, you’re finding yourself stuck with indoor activities right now, so I’m going to name ten things I enjoy doing for little or no cost in the winter.These are all things that I fill my time with indoors, and each of them has little or no cost.

I don’t expect you’ll enjoy all of these. Instead, I suggest reading all of these and trying one or two of them (or more, if you like). Everyone is different and everyone has different passions.

Play a board or card game
First of all, if you associate board games and card games with endless, boring games of Monopoly from your youth, you’re missing out. Monopoly was first published in an early version in 1910. Comparing Monopoly to a modern board game is like comparing a Model T to a Lexus.

Try playing a more modern board game, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Look for a local hobby shop in your area and ask for a demonstration of the game if you don’t have access to a copy, just to see if you enjoy it. Board games can make for a great holiday gift.

If nothing else, a standard $1 deck of playing cards can provide lots and lots of gaming. You can play poker, euchre, pitch, bridge, rummy… the list goes on and on. There are also many, many solitaire games to play.

Read (or re-read) a book
My shelves have quite a few great unread books sitting on them, right next to a big pile of some of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There are few better ways to burn a few hours than to read a great book.

If you don’t have any books available to you, visit your local library. There are thousands upon thousands of books available there for free borrowing.

I could list hundreds of books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. The key, though, is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s something challenging or a complete page-turner. READ MORE> http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2011/1202/Ten-free-winter-activities

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Some hobbies can provide a good source of income during these challenging times.

 

There are a variety of hobby ideas that are more enjoyable and creative to keep one′s mind and hands busy. Hobby activities stimulate people to think in an unusual way for creating various products. Hobbies are the ones that keep you busy; they are enjoyable and bring in the harmony of happiness and self contention. Hobby ideas differ from one person to another depending on their interest and lifestyle that keeps them connected with some valuable leisure time. They are more specific based on the individual, as hobby ideas differ for children, women, men and couples together.

http://www.hobbyarchive.com/

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In the digital age, we have more hobbies and interests available than ever. Even our favorite pastimes like reading books and watching television have changed. The Internet. Social media. Digital photography. What’s next for you?

For a long list of modern alternatives, take a look at this list: http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/

What is your short list for 2012 and beyond?

 

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