For a few years now one of my go to frugal hobbies has been listening to podcasts. In case you have no idea what a podcast is, they are basically an internet radio show that you can download/stream through iTunes and other various applications. Podcasts cover a wide range of topics i.e. knitting, hunting, and comedy. Podcasts can provide a lot of entertainment for none or very little money. The only money I have spent towards podcasts is purchasing the Pocket Casts Android app and their web player. The web play is $9 and their phone app is a few extra dollars. I felt it was worth the cost of the convenience of being able to sync podcasts between my phone and PC. I can start listening to a podcast on my PC and finish it in my car via the Android app. However, you can listen and download podcasts for free through iTunes. There is also the Stitcher and Podcast Addict apps that I have previously used.
The podcast that I probably have listened to the most is the Joe Rogan Experience. I’m a fan of the UFC and I like listening to/watching comedy so it is entertaining to me. His guests include a lot of comedian friends, UFC fighters, and intellectuals. Through that podcast I discovered the Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr. Bill Burr is a comedian as well and he does his podcast solo most of the time. He rambles on about different subjects for an hour with his own touch of humor. It’s something entertaining to have on in the background when i’m on my PC. I listen to a couple of finance related podcasts as well. Those include: Mad Fientist, The Dough Roller Money Podcast, and Planet Money. If you are into history then check out Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. There are thousands of podcasts out there. Some are better than others but if you find one you enjoy try donating to their cause or buy merchandise to help them cover their operating costs and time spent producing their podcast. Also give them a review on iTunes to help boost their ratings.
I run into quite a few people that still have no idea what a podcast is. It has became a regular activity of mine and believe it or not I have learned quite a bit from them. In my opinion they are more educational than cable TV and they don’t have to cost you a dime. You might even get inspired to start a podcast of your own. That is not something I see myself doing at the moment, mostly because i’m not much of a talker and don’t feel like people would be very interested. But from what I understand it’s not expensive to get a basic podcast setup established. Maybe one day.