Unfortunately a lot of hobbies are expensive. I've seen people drop the same amount of money or more on things like fishing tackle, art, car accessories, sports gear, 'fancy breed' animals and so on. As long as you're meeting your financial obligations and it's not going to cause you any hardship there's nothing wrong with saving up and buying a luxury item you get a lot of enjoyment from. Normally when I'm looking to buy something I use this list- *Do I need it/ is it useful? *Does it make my life simpler/easier? *Does it bring me joy/happiness? *Will I regret it if I don't buy it and it gets sold to someone else? If I can tick one or more then usually it's a good purchase As for personal side, I also gain the psychological and creative benefits that others here have described and as i'm bed ridden a lot, it's a good distraction too so that makes it worth it for me.