I’ve mentioned on several occasions that I’m following a strict budget and as such, it can become difficult to find ways to treat myself that don’t totally break the bank. I may have treated myself to yoga which was quite the expense, but there are other ways we can treat ourselves that don’t require a lot of money.
5 Ways To Treat Yourself When Living On A Budget
1. Buy a Coffee
While I make coffee at home every day, every once and awhile, buying a coffee is a treat. When you only do it from time to time, it feels special and isn’t expensive.
I don’t mean a year-long yoga membership, I mean rolling your mat out in the living room and spending 20 minutes for yourself.
3. Light a Candle
This may not sound like much but lighting a candle is one of the most relaxing things I can do for myself. It’s simple and it helps me relax and remember to breathe.
4. At-home mani/pedi
While it’s nice to go to a salon and have someone pamper you by doing your nails, doing them at home can be just as fulfilling. Maybe even call your best girlfriend to come over and paint each others nails or just hang out as you do your own.
5. Read a book
I get this may not seem like a treat but I assure you that it is! When you find that book that really pulls you in, every moment reading it is a moment of happiness and enjoyment.
It’s important for us to treat ourselves every now and again, regardless if we’re living on a budget or not.
What’s your favorite budget friendly way to treat yourself?
Living on a tight budget for an extended period of time is not so nice but once in a while it is good to treat yourself
It sure is!
A candle + cup of coffee + book for an uninterrupted hour is my HEAVEN. It’s so possible to treat yo’self on a budget, and it’s so so necessary!!
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Treating myself to a coffee is such a little indulgence that really makes me happy!
I agree with almost all of these -except the coffee. I love my coffee dark and bitter, and just can’t find it anywhere but at home. I try and do most of these things weekly, and lighting candles each evening signals the end of a busy work day. Thanks.
Great list! I need to keep these things in mind, since I’m trying to be a lot more aware of how I spend my money! – Katy
Great ideas! I love to take myself to the beach – summer months only of course!
Great easy ideas for being on a budget. I love reading with a good candle lit or painting my nails!
Hells yes for the yoga, candles and reading! I can’t give myself a mani-pedi at the moment, but the moment this cast comes off, it’s happening!
Love your ideas. I’m down for spending an hour or two at the coffeeshop before or after work. A few hours of “me” time are needed during the week.
This is a wonderful list of little indulgences! And every now and then it’s important that we treat ourselves, because we deserve it.
I’m trying my darndest to save up some $$, too. Things have been a bit tight and then work temporarily slowed down as soon as I made a GIGANTIC purchase on my credit card. Doesn’t that always happen? Anyway, this list came in at a great time 🙂 Thank you!
Awesome tips. I always feel better when my nails are done. And reading always works!
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At home medi pedis are the best! And I agree about buying drinks out. I don’t buy coffee, but on the rare occasion I treat myself to a Starbucks hot chocolate or something it feels extra special. 🙂
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These are such great ways to treat yourself!
Now that I’m on a more strict budget I need to remember how valuable these little things can be – like staying in and reading a book until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore! Gotta love the little things in life 🙂
These are awesome ideas! I need to start doing some more yoga!!
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Such good ideas. It is hard at times when you are in a strict budget but boy can it help you get the creativity juices flowing for how to treat yourself.
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For me, right now, making REAL food at home is totally a treat for me! Like, a REAL dinner, not just a mishmash of things!
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I used to buy coffee every day or most days. After awhile I realized that not only was I spending a ton of money, but it didn’t even feel special. Now that I limit buying coffee, when I do it’s a nice treat. 🙂
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Living on a budget can be so hard, especially if you are working to pay off debt. So, it’s really important to treat yourself sometimes. These are great ideas for inexpensive treats to give yourself when you just need a break!
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Coffee is my favorite way to treat myself besides yoga. 🙂
A good book and my favorite snack are the ways I treat myself on a weekly basis. Self-care is so important and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Lighting a candle, while sipping coffee, reading a book sounds nice. 🙂
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Great ideas! At home mani/pedi’s are my favorite! 🙂
Make some hot tea, grab a face mask, rent a red box, I could go on!! I love embracing happiness on a budget, more people need to do it!!
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I love all of these! Coffee sounds good this morning. I’d also add taking an extra long shower or bath.
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I love these tips! Lighting a candle is one of my favorites 🙂 Now when I can combine that with a good book and a cup of coffee – perfect.
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Love this post!! I totally agree on the coffee. I do this during the workweek sometimes!
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Great ideas! The other good thing is some of them are short things a busy mom can do too!
An at home mani always does the trick for me 🙂 You have to find little ways to treat yourself when you are on a budget! Love the list!
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