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Saving for the Hobby-Days
Hi--I'm Tony.
High school sophomore Tony tells you how to afford your hobbies.

To make a dollar, most teenagers have to work about 10 minutes. Think about that soda you just bought. That's about 10 minutes of work for 20 ounces of sugar water.

A movie ticket equals about one hour and 20 minutes of work, and that doesn't even include the popcorn!

Is it worth it? Things get expensive, quickly. For most of us the dollar is sparse, and hobbies spread our incomes even thinner.

What's a Hobby Cost?

Let me show you how I pay for it.
Lacrosse can get expensive!

Among other things, my hobbies include playing golf, skiing, and playing lacrosse. All three can get expensive...very quickly.

I could easily drop $100 a month, if I'm frugal with what I buy.

If I'm not? I could spend up to $2,500 a year, just on hobbies. How do I pay for all this?

Easy. I don't.

Let me show you the many ways I afford my hobbies by making them less expensive.

FORE! Hit the Greens—Not Your Budget

Let's start with golf. Golf is expensive, but if you know how to work your strengths, you can play a round for free.

A little hard work pays off in the long run.
"I could easily drop $100 a month on hobbies, if I'm frugal."
—Tony

There are multiple options, all of which include a little hard work by you, but it pays off in the long run

The first option requires putting in hours on the driving range, on the course, and having some natural talent.

No, it's not playing on the PGA Tour, where they pay you millions (if you win). Rather, it's you, offering to give lessons.

The lessons can be informal, where you play a round with someone who needs to learn. By paying your green fee plus an extra $10 they get your excellent advice.

Or, the lessons could be formal. If you get a job as an instructor, you could make upwards of $50 dollars an hour.

Other options for making golf inexpensive include working on a golf course or knowing someone who works on one.

People who work on golf courses often get to play a round for free or at a discounted price, such as $5. It's a lot more fun to pay $5 two or three times a week than $30 for a single round.

What is the life of a caddy like?

One final option is caddying. Caddies at private golf courses can easily make $20 in tips off a round of golf, maybe more.

You could also rent your clubs out to others, if you can bear to part with them. Get creative!

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