One of the things you need if you have been unemployed awhile is new hobbies. One of my new hobbies is gardening. Why? Because you need to be active for at least an hour each day and gardening is not only cheap but can actually help cut down on your food bills. How does it cut down on your food bills you ask? Lets look at an example, today I was planting spinach. The package said to plant 9 plants in a one foot square area. Nine plants can yield as much as three bags of store bought spinach which run eight dollars each. Packet of seeds cost less than two dollars, water to grow plants three dollars, cheap garden shovel one dollar, time and energy to take care of plants and eliminate competing weeds you have plenty of, plus you are getting exercise and you don't have to do anything that feels like real exercise. Added bonus, studies say anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours a day in the sun can help lower your cholesterol, (lighter your skin less time in sun needed). Whooee a health program while playing in the dirt, too cool. So since you have the time dig in the dirt and help your family at the same time why not?