When money’s tight, the first thing we do is drop any and all pampering and self-caretaking. This creates a vicious cycle of feeling denied and then splurging with money you don’t have. The key is moderation and taking care of yourself – on a budget.
If you love your pedis and can’t find a place with a price in your budget, head over to the department store or check the Avon catalog and buy yourself some fun lotion, an emery board, good nail clippers and nail polish. It will cost a lot less than you think and you can take all of the time you want to do your own toes.
If you love your restaurants and it’s just not in the numbers right now, make a list of your favourite restaurant appetizers or entrees, google to see if you can find a similar recipe (there are so many out there!) and buy the ingredients to make them at home for cheap. I have a recipe for cheesy Red Lobster biscuits that’s amazing and fits my craving just right when I don’t have $50 to drop on going there.
Lastly, if you love your movie nights and are wowed by the cost of them (I know I am!) – check to see if there’s a cheap seat theatre in your area where the movies are a lower, fixed price. Or, really save some money, go on Netflix or to a video store and then hit the grocery store to load up on awesome junk food snacks that would have cost you three times as much at the concession stand!
If you have any cheap pampering tips, I’d love to hear them!