Retirement often means you have more free time than ever before, but living on a fixed income can make filling that free time harder than expected. If you're looking for cheap hobbies, 55+ communities offer a variety of low-cost clubs and activities that allow residents to get out there and socialize while on a budget.
Whether you want to join a pre-existing club or just take up a cheap hobby of your own, here are nine of our favorite, free or inexspensive hobbies and ways to spend your leisure time.
A great no-budget activity for retirees is a nature walk. Ideally done in groups of outdoor enthusiasts rather than alone, nature walks provide both exercise and an appreciation for the world around you. Whether you have a nearby park or just some neighborhood walking trails, a nature walk is a great way to catch up with friends while also taking in the great outdoors.
Appreciate the arts but don’t have the money to spend on attending concerts and musicals? Start your own community singing group, where some simple sheet music and a piano can turn a quiet afternoon into a creative outlet. Once your group has practiced, performing for your community is a great way to bring free entertainment to everyone.
Whether done as a solitary activity or in a class through the community, creative writing is a great way for retirees to pass the time while creating something lasting. Whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at poetry or playwriting, retirement is the perfect time to give it a shot–– and all you need is a pen, some paper, and a great idea.
Looking for a thought provoking way to spend your time? Start a community book club where residents can get together and discuss current or classic literature. Not only is it a great excuse to cross some novels off of your reading list, but you’ll also benefit from great conversation with friends and neighbors.
If you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend an evening without spending an arm and a leg, invite friends to a common area and ask them to each bring a card or board game of their choice. This is a great way to catch up over some friendly competition without any spending.
Many active adult communities offer a multi-media area or common space to watch films, so a themed movie night is a fun and free way to spend time with friends. Go for a blast from the past with old classics, and vote on which titles make the list.
With minimal supplies needed that you can buy at any nearby craft store, knitting is a great way to relax in retirement. Whether done alone or in a knitting group, it’s not only a good way to pass the time, but it’s productive–– you can use your newfound skills to knit gifts for friends and family.
Everyone needs to eat, so why not gather a group of culinary-minded friends to cook up some of your favorite dishes together? Rather than making dinner alone, invite other residents to share favorite recipes and have your own potlucks. You can even schedule times for different members to do demonstrations of how to make group favorites.
Whether alone or as part of a club, gardening is both a relaxing and rewarding activity. Maintaining a garden allows retirees to stay active outdoors while also keeping their yards looking beautiful, and the best part is that a small garden can be kept with even minimal supplies. These are just nine of our favorites. Are there any popular low-cost activities in your age-restricted neighborhood that are not listed above?