With economic uncertainty around
us, now more than ever, we need to find little ways to escape from the
stress and reward ourselves for hanging in there. We all need balance in
our lives and deserve to treat ourselves every once in a while. Here we
suggest some affordable ways to pamper ourselves at a time when many of
us do not have extra cash to spend.
A little chocolate never hurt anyone
Who doesn’t love chocolate? And there is no harm in treating
yourself to a little chocolate every once in a while. Better yet, treat
yourself to a box of your favorite higher end chocolate and savor it
over the course of a few days. Sharing is encouraged!
of some popular brands include:
Hershey's Pot of Gold (12 oz) - $8.99
- Whitman’s, (16 oz) = $11.99
- Lindt (14.40 oz) = $24
Godiva (15.25 oz) = $45
Everybody loves fresh flowers
Most of us enjoy flowers, but never think to buy them for ourselves.
Why not treat yourself to some fresh flowers and put them in a spot
where you can see them?
Although prices will vary
depending on the type of flower you buy and the time of year you
purchase them, most bunches of fresh cut flowers will only set you back
about $10 to $15.
Get in the game
There are many free or
inexpensive local attractions to entertain you such as a museum or the
library. Check your local papers and websites to find events in your
Other cost effective activities to
enjoy with friends and family are bowling, a game of pool or a trip to
an arcade, all of which can provide hours of fun without breaking the
Prices can vary depending on where
you go, but a single game of bowling or pool usually costs under $10.
Turn up the volume
Clip on your iPod and go for a walk, or crank up your favorite CD
while you tend to some household tasks. Pick the music to suit your
particular mood and go – it’s FREE!
Spruce up your
scenery by heading to the beach or local park (again, it’s usually free
unless you have to pay for parking).
There are hundreds of ways to pamper yourself inexpensively. Ideas that we like include:
- Think manicures and pedicures are only for women – not so! And with many salons offering reasonable prices for these services, it’s well worth letting someone else pamper you. Price: Varies, but you can probably find a place that charges between $10 -$15 for each.
- Soak your tired feet in Epsom salts or splurge on an essential oil to add to the soak. Price: A few dollars for Epsom salts or under $10 for an essential oil.
- Take a relaxing bath by filling the tub with hot water and adding your favorite bath salts or oils. Price: Cost of filling the tub.
Watch the world go by
Whether you go it alone, or bring a
friend, it’s always pleasant to treat yourself to a latte or
cappuccino. If you’re not a coffee drinker, splurge on an ice cream or
frozen treat instead. Weather permitting, sit outside and chat while you
watch the world go by. If you’re on your own, bring a good book and
savor the solitude.
The price range for a cup of coffee can be
huge depending on where you go. You could spend $5 for a cup at a
gourmet shop or pocket change if you make it at home.
Take In a Movie
You could spend $10 for a ticket
to attend a movie in the theater (before any refreshments). Or...
Rent a movie you missed in the
theater, or rent that classic film you always meant to see, but never
got around to. The cost to rent a movie these days usually starts for
under $5. Or...
Take a few minutes to
scan the TV listings to see what is coming up. Cost is $0, just a little
bit of your time.
in some popcorn and a soda, and turn the lights out to give it that