canstockphoto10482540Are your day to day activities causing you to be stressed out? Getting to and from work, taking care of the kids, worrying about the household chores and a list of other things we have to do often leave us stressed. If this describes you, there are inexpensive ways that you can put a little effort in self-care without breaking the bank. Get your friends or family to baby sit so that you can spend at least a couple of hours of some time alone. Here are Nine Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget.

Less Than $20

1. Head out to the local video store or load up on some movies from Netflix and give yourself a movie night at home. The movie will cost less than $5, leaving $15 leftover for snacks. This is an excellent way to enjoy some peace and quiet after a hard day at work. You can indulge in your favorites or have a junk food party. If you prefer not to spend time alone, you can invite a few friends over and ask them to each contribute a snack to pass.

2. Take a relaxing bubble bath. Buy some Mr. Bubble, light a few candles and put your ipod on some soft relaxing music. You can buy a pricier bubble bath if you choose. Do what’s best for you to enjoy some quiet time alone by the candlelight.

3. Spend the day sleeping in. There is nothing better than to spend a morning or an afternoon in bed, especially on a weekend or your day off when no one is at home. Prepare in advance so you can have a good breakfast once you wake up. You can go back to bed and get more rest and spend the rest of the day in your pajamas if you’d like. You can kick it up a notch by purchasing a new pair of pajamas or satin sheets to sleep in.

Less than $50

4. Get yourself a manicure or pedicure. There’s just something nice about pampering yourself with getting your nails or feet done. This is a great way to treat yourself if you’re on a budget

5. Get a Massage. A massage will normally start around sixty dollars an hour. However, you may get it cheaper at a chain establishment such as Massage Envy. You can choose to get a relaxation massage or a hot stone massage.

6. Wear Cashmere. Cashmere sweaters, hats, gloves and socks have that luxurious feel against your skin. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You can find cashmere items at your local discount stores or by shopping online. If cashmere is not your thing choose whatever texture that feels luxurious to you. Remember, buy yourself something nice or something that makes you feel good.

Less than $100

7. Go to the spa. One Hundred dollars will get you pretty far when it comes to pampering yourself. You can choose to get both a facial and a one hour massage session or a two hour session for less than one hundred dollars.

8. Buy yourself something nice. For example, you can buy yourself a new outfit or new sneakers that feel comfortable against your feet. This is a luxury that you deserve for always sticking to your budget year around.

9. Spoil yourself with a nice meal. Enjoy an evening out at your favorite restaurant. If you are social, then take a friend along. However, if you would prefer to have a nice quiet evening at home, consider picking up a nice take-out or have your meal catered.

Self-care is really important and there is no better time than when you’re feeling stressed. Taking the time to pamper yourself every once in a while is beneficial to your physical and mental health.

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