Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper yourself. In fact, I’d argue that self-care is one line item that should remain in your budget as you work to improve your finances. The importance of self-care—taking care of your physical and mental health—can’t be underestimated.
The truth is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to give yourself a little TLC. There are some frugal tips that you can leverage to pamper yourself on a budget. So, although frequent trips to the nail salon may not fall into your financial plan, having manicured nails isn’t quite a thing of the past. You don’t have to ditch pampering yourself when you learn how to do it on a budget.
Why it's important to pamper yourself as you improve your finances
Pampering is usually just thought of as something that’s reserved for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or Mother’s Day. This shouldn’t be the case and, more importantly, it doesn’t have to be. Pampering yourself is a form of self-care that is necessary for mental and physical health. One of the greatest benefits of self-care is that it reduces stress.
Because money can be stressful, having a way to relieve those emotions while you work on your financial goals is incredibly important. If you deprive yourself of opportunities to indulge in pampering, you may grow resentful of your financial journey. You should still enjoy life, even if it's on a budget.
How not to feel guilty when you pamper yourself
Not every dollar that you earn has to go toward a savings or debt payoff goal. Leave room in your budget for an occasional massage or some other small treat. When you put self-care and pampering into your budget, you won’t feel guilty about it. The money will already be set aside for whatever you choose to do. So, if you do want to take a trip to the nail salon, simply add it as a line item in your budget to pay for it. Remember that self-care is necessary, so don’t feel bad about it once you’ve planned and budgeted for it.
10 Ways to pamper yourself
Now that you understand the importance of pampering yourself, let’s talk about ways that you can do it on a budget. Here are 10 ways to pamper yourself without spending a whole lot of money.
1. Give yourself a massage
Give your muscles some attention with a hand massager or on your own. Small things like giving yourself a hand and foot massages can go a long way in helping you relax. You can also find handheld body massagers for as low as $20. The great thing about this purchase is that it can be used over and over again for future pamper sessions.
2. Take a bubble bath
We live in such a fast-paced society that taking time out for a long, relaxing bath can be difficult. Make the time to soak for a while. Bubble baths are an inexpensive way to give yourself some quality time and care. Bath bombs and oils are also great, natural options to help you relax.
3. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
Save a few dollars by giving yourself a manicure and pedicure. You only need a few tools to get the job done. So grab your nail clippers, a nail file, and polish and have yourself a paint party! You can even find an at-home foot spa for as little as $20 to really get the nail salon feel. Press on nails are also an option if you want more of a professional look.
4. Buy yourself flowers
You don’t have to wait for someone else to buy you flowers. Buying fresh flowers is one of my favorite forms of pampering. A $20 bouquet of roses will not only lift your spirits, but it’ll give your space a chic vibe. So the next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a bouquet for yourself. Don’t forget to budget for it ahead of time.
5. Give yourself a facial
Facials can be expensive, so doing it yourself can make them budget-friendly. You can create your own DIY facial scrub with a few items in your kitchen. You’d be surprised by which food items make for a great exfoliant.
6. Cozy up to a book and tea
Reading a great book is always relaxing. Couple that with some nice, warm tea and you’ll be in for a calming night. You can grab a book on Kindle or for free from your local library. Sites like Hoopla offer free digital books and audiobooks with your local library account.
7. Sleep in
Sleeping in may not seem like a form of pampering, but it is. It is just as much a form of self-care and pampering as a massage. The great thing is that it’s completely free. Giving your body time to reset and recover will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered. Simply pick a day to clear out your schedule and get some rest. Make sure you’re wearing some comfortable pajamas and your favorite eye mask!
8. Light some candles
Fragrances have the ability to completely change our mood. Lighting a scented candle can create an environment that’s conducive to relaxation. If you’re not into candles, consider diffusing essential oils. This healthier alternative provides the same results. Not only will you feel relaxed, but your home will smell great too.
9. Have a picnic
Picnics are always a fun, inexpensive way to pamper yourself. It allows you to get some much needed Vitamin D and fresh air. Make yourself a sandwich and pack a blanket, some snacks and drinks, and head to your local park. You can soak under the sun with a good book or some music.
10. Have a candlelight dinner
Nothing says pampered more than good food. Have a fun night cooking your favorite recipe and enjoying it by candlelight. If you’re not much of a cook, you can add takeout to your meal plan for the week and order in. Make it fancy by serving it on your best china and pulling out your dark table cloth.
Pampering yourself: Final thoughts
Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you should neglect pampering yourself. It’s ok to set money aside for self-care and enjoying life. And, as you can see, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Make pampering yourself a part of your budget. You’ll find that it’ll help you stay motivated on your financial journey.