10 Ways To Treat Yourself On A Budget



The importance of being good to yourself can’t be overstated in terms of maintaining your mental health and happiness, especially during the holiday season! You can’t draw from an empty well, so when you treat yourself to something you like, you’re not being self-indulgent.  You’re exercising self-care and that is OKAY. You’re filling your own tank. No one should rely on another person to decide whether they deserve a little something special. Even when money is tight and the budget is set in stone, there are still ways to show yourself some TLC.  These 10 things I’m going to share with you are so affordable, there’s no excuse for you not to treat yourself the next time you are in need of a little “ME TIME” !

1.Buy Yourself Some Flowers. Whether you pick up a sweet bouquet at a local supermarket, or buy a potted plant you can enjoy for months to come, flowers are a wonderful gift to give yourself.
Research confirms that our mental health is improved by having plants and flowers around us. Some studies even indicate that the presence of flowers in a work space can make you more productive and creative. What better reason to make purchasing flowers a regular way to treat yourself?

2.Sleep In On The Weekend. Even if you wake up every morning at the same time without using an alarm, you can still make a plan to sleep in at least one day on the weekend.
“Turn off” your internal clock by making your bedroom as dark and cool as you can, and give your brain a nice chance to reset.

3.Take A Nap. Turn your phone off, get comfortable, and close your eyes. A short nap of 30 minutes or so will help to boost your mood, promote alertness and enhance performance.

4.Bake Your Favorite Dessert. Why are you waiting for a special occasion to bake a dessert you love? You deserve to indulge in something decadent and wonderful if for no other reason than you want to enjoy it.

5.Exercise (or not). In addition to being physically fit, regular exercise is good for depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, and memory. Stop letting everyday life get in the way of something that you know is going to make you feel great. You’re worth the allotment of time it takes to run, or lift weights, or do yoga.
Having said that, if exercise feels more like work than joy right now, cut yourself some slack and take a break. Not working out for a day or two isn’t the end of the world.

6.Read It’s happened to all of us. You hear about a book that speaks to you and you think, “I’m going to devour it… as soon as I have some free time.”
The next thing you know, that “free time” you were waiting for has disappeared into thin air. Stop putting off something you know you’ll love, and pick up that book today. As they say, “It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.”

7.Mani/Pedi You don’t have to wait until you can budget for a full mani/pedi to spoil yourself at the salon.
Did you know you can ask for a simple polish change and only pay around $8? Pick a bold new color or a fresh pastel and you’ll walk out looking like you paid four times the amount.

8.Eat Breakfast for Dinner. This just in: you’re a grown-up! If you want a Belgian waffle for supper, with a side of bacon and a mimosa, go for it! Even better? Wear your pajamas (or not) and fluffy slippers.

9.Shop! Yes, I said SHOP. Take $20 – $50 in cash, go to the best thrift store in town, and see what sort of treasures are waiting for you.
Great thrift stores are amazing places to find surprising things you may never have been able to afford otherwise. From designer labels to expensive household accessories, who knows what you’ll uncover?

10.Take the day off. If you have a traditional 9-5, spend one of your vacation days on yourself. Don’t spend it catching up on housework or running errands. Spend the day doing something you love, or doing absolutely nothing at all.
Do you work from home? Same goes for you! Go out and do something fun, or stay home with a sign on the front door that says, “Do not disturb! I’m on vacation!”
Well, maybe you don’t have to be that silly, but do whatever is necessary to guard your little staycation against anything or anyone that might ruin it.

What do you think? What sort of things do you do to treat yourself and maintain your budget (if you have one) ? I’d love to hear your tips!

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  1. December 13, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I have recently been getting back into going to the gym and it is soooo good for mental health!! 🙂 I am on a really tight budget this year so I use my blog income for fun money and my day job money for loan payments and regular expenses!

    xoxo A

  2. Nicole of What Nicole Wore
    December 13, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Napping is hands down my favorite way to treat myself. I’m big on self spa days with at home mani-pedis and face masks.

    • Le
      December 15, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      I havent gotten into face masks, do they really work? Lol

  3. December 13, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    These are all fabulous ways to treat yourself. $20-$50 can go a long way at a thrift/consignment store, and the hunt can be totally fun!

  4. December 13, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I am ALL about treating yourself! I think it’s so important. I really like your idea of taking cash thrift shopping. I’m in college and we have a Goodwill within walking distance from campus and it’s so nice to go and pick up something fun and new to spice up your wardrobe for cheap.

    • Le
      December 15, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Yup, that’s cool! I typically can find good things at the Goodwill lol

  5. December 14, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I love having fresh flowers around the house! I think I’m going to pick some up tonight at the grocery store (being frugal hehe) and put them in my vase!

  6. Tara
    December 28, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    these are excellent tips that don’t break the bank!

    • Le
      December 29, 2017 / 8:15 am

      That was the idea 😍 I hope you found at least one beneficial.

  7. January 5, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    A manicure and pedicure is my favorite way to spoil myself on a budget or even a bath with some lush bathbombs.

  8. January 5, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Definitely face mask and a good book! Great information on remembering to take care of ourselves!

  9. January 6, 2018 / 12:02 am

    Mine maybe read a book and eat some ice cream 😀

    Love your blog. Would you walking back to my blog too? So many thanks <3

    • Le
      January 11, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Thanks!! 💕 sure thing 😍

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