Whether you’re finishing a difficult workweek or want to be rewarded for something special, it can be fun to #treatyoself, right? Unfortunately, expensive trips to the spa are not really an option if you’re on a budget, but you shouldn’t have to miss out on a little indulgence just because you can’t afford to splurge. Instead, check out these easy ways to pamper yourself for cheap without ever leaving your home. Huzzah!
Create A Spa At Home
Whenever I need to decompress after a rough day, I bring the spa home! I’ll light some candles, turn off the lights and take a hot shower. I discovered this little trick after my power went out one night and I only had candles for light. After that shower, I was amazed at how relaxed and pampered I felt. If I have extra time, I’ll pour myself a glass of wine, play some chill music (Miles Davis is my go-to) and take a long bath. It’s a perfect way to spoil yourself with things you probably already have lying around your house.
DIY Beauty Products
I’m a complete sucker for frivolous beauty products. If I could buy every single thing in Lush, I would (seriously, how does everything smell so good in there?!). But the sad truth is that when it comes to buying another Shea Body Butter or paying rent, I have to forgo the unnecessary expense. But just because I can’t afford top shelf quality body products doesn’t mean I need to deprive my skin of a good pampering. There are so many amazing DIY projects for beauty products! From this lavender vanilla body scrub to these naturally scented bath bombs, the Internet is filled with cheap and easy recipes for fun skincare products.
Treat Your Hair
In an ideal world, I’d roll out of bed with my hair looking like Beyoncé, but with a tight budget, it can be difficult to afford even the occasional haircut. After a while, our locks can start looking a bit ragged and no one likes having a bad hair day everyday. Yikes. If you can’t afford the high-end shampoo + conditioner, treat yourself to a leave-in hair treatment. It can be something as simple as one-ingredient hair masks (my favorite is coconut oil!). These can be surprisingly nourishing and leave your hair looking like you’ve just treated yourself to a day at the salon!
Skip The Manicure
For being such a small thing, painting your nails can make you feel pretty snazzy. Getting regular manicures or pedicures, however, can start to get really pricey.
Next time your nails are in need of a little attention, skip the salon and buy yourself a nice bottle of polish instead. This may cost the same as a manicure, but you’ll have a new color that you can use over and over again, making it much cheaper in the long run. Plus, buying a good quality brand means your color will last longer. Win win!
Score a Deal on a Massage
Okay, so this one may not be something you can do at home, but we couldn’t leave it off the list! There are few things as luxurious in this world as treating yourself to a professional massage. Not only is the experience lovely, but you anticipate the appointment for weeks before and it leaves you relaxed for the rest of the day. But let’s face it, booking a massage is definitely a splurge. Luckily, sites like Groupon and Living Social offer spa packages at serious discounts. We’ve found amazing deals for super posh spas looking to attract new customers. You can also find awesome deals for things like facials and manicures, too!
Take a Staycation
If you’re in dire need of a getaway, but can’t afford it, take a staycation instead. Staycations are like mini vacations, but instead of traveling out of town, you stay in your area. Find yourself a cheap last minute hotel deal in town and treat yourself to all the luxuries of a vacation without having to pay for an expensive plane ticket. If you want to be even thriftier, tell everyone you’re going out of town but stay home instead. Turn off your phone, don’t check your email, and stay the heck away from your computer. Spend the day having complete “you” time!
What are your tricks for pampering yourself on the cheap?