Treat Yourself on a Budget

Nothing is better after a long, stressful day than treating yourself. Do you find yourself buying those new shoes you’ve had your eye on? Maybe you stop by your local pub and enjoy some drinks after work. Regardless, those costs add up week after week. I decided to try out some ways to treat yourself on a budget.

Myself personally, have an issue with spending my hard-earned, well deserved money. I think long and hard before I make purchases, and even then, I can have some buyers regret. When I finally decide to treat myself, I usually go big. I have actually treated my boyfriend and I to a weekend getaway due to stress at home. That was a pretty hefty expense, but it was well deserved.

Did you know that treating yourself doesn’t necessarily mean spending money? *gasp* I know! I would have never guessed that myself either, before I really started thinking into it. I have decided to compile a list of things you can do to treat yourself, without spending much, if any money at all!

Take a Hot Bath

I put taking a hot bath as number one, because this is my absolute favorite thing to do after a long, hard day at work. It is so relaxing to just lay in the steamy, hot water and let your worries wash away. Depending what you have available to you, you could include some bath bombs or soaking salts into this routine. Enjoy some relaxing me time!

DIY Manicure

Do you enjoy getting your nails done, but don’t love the cost? This could be the perfect way to treat yourself with minimal cost! Every woman has nail polish lying around the bathroom. You might as well take advantage of it! You could go with a basic polish or go crazy with designs. There are plenty of videos on YouTube for tutorials on designs!

Read

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. Take a visit to your local library and pick out a book that peaks your interest! I have gotten lost for hours in a book. I have even read an entire series in a weekend. I felt great afterwards too.

Yoga

A few years back I took a course (elective) on yoga. It was amazing how great it felt after an hour of practicing yoga. The best part about yoga is that you don’t have to go to classes, or even leave your home. You can practice yoga anywhere, and you really feel great afterward.

Shave Your Legs

One of the best feelings in the world is climbing into bed with a fresh pair of shaved legs. I have found that hair conditioner is a great (and cheap) alternative to shaving cream. It also keeps your skin more hydrated, leaving them silky smooth.

Tune Out, Tune In

One of the proven ways to melt away stress from a long work week is to turn on some music. Turn on the radio, Pandora, or iHeart Radio and enjoy some of your favorite music. There are even sites that you can build your own custom playlists according to your mood, and how you want to feel.

Watch Your Favorite Show or Movie

Sometimes, a little TV is all you need to ease some stress in your life. Treat yourself to watching some of your favorite TV series, or your favorite movie. You’ll be surprised how relaxed you feel. Even if it means binge watching an entire season on Netflix. Guilty as charged of this one myself.

Go forĀ a Drive

One of my all time favorites to clear my mind, is to jump in my car and drive. I don’t necessarily always have a route or a destination in mind. There is something cleansing about driving and having nowhere to go.


This is just a list of things that I do to treat myself after a long, stressful work week.

Now that you have ideas to treat yourself while not breaking the bank, how do you plan to treat yourself frugally?

 

Beauty on a Budget

I am not a beauty blogger, by any means, but that does not mean that I don’t enjoy makeup and hair care as much as the next girl. I’m sure you’re wondering how exactly this “beauty” post is going to tie into frugality. Well, fear not, I promise it will. As a woman, I know just how expensive it is to be one. Makeup, lotions, hair care products, styling tools all cost money, and sometimes, it can be a lot of money! Fortunately, it doesn’t always have to be expensive!

Makeup, hair care, and feeling good about yourself seem to go hand in hand. It is important that self care make its way into your budget. Remember, being frugal is not about being unhappy and suffering. It is okay to spend money on things you love and enjoy.

All things aside, I want to discuss how to be money conscious when purchasing makeup, hair products, or styling tools.

Forgo most Beauty Stores

Although this may seem like the most obvious tip, it is honestly one of the most important. Stores such as Sephora and Ulta glamorize high end, designer cosmetics which are sold at unbelievably high prices. These stores seem to slap a name brand designer’s products on their shelves, and customers are just dying to pay whatever the price tag demands.

Shop at Your Local Drug Store

If you are only going to your local drug store to fill prescriptions, you are seriously missing out. Drug stores such as CVS, Rite Aid and the like are gold mines when it comes to quality makeup sold cheaply. I know my local CVS sells brands such as Covergirl,Maybeline, and Revlon products. Occasionally, while browsing on the Kroger App, I have seen coupons for cosmetics as well. So be sure to keep your eye out for deals!

Check out Sally’s Beauty Supply

I am unsure if this is just a local chain store, but Sally’s is the best around for getting deals on hair care products as well as color! The best part is, you don’t need a cosmetic license to shop here, like some of the other stores that offer the same things. They offer salon quality products, for lower prices. I know many people that purchase their own hair color from Sally’s and do their own hair or have someone else do it for a fraction of the cost they would pay at the salon.

Browse Amazon

Amazon is the jack of all trades, including beauty supplies. Take a quick look around on Amazon if you are searching for a particular palate of eye shadows, or a signature lip gloss. Chances are, Amazon may have it! Not only will they more than likely have the item in stock, but it could also be at a discounted rate.

Don’t Be A Label Whore

Pardon my french, but being a label whore is not always an option when living a frugal lifestyle. I typically buy off brand products,, not only because they are cheaper, but typically there is no difference in the quality! Makeup is no different. If you find yourself looking for a specific palate of eye shadow for example, bring a picture of it to the store with the names of the shades. If you are lucky, you will be able to find the exact same palate as a knock off, that has half the price.

Do It Yourself

I state this last tip with extreme caution. Coloring your own hair is a common practice, but that doesn’t always mean that it will turn out the way you want it to. I suggest asking a professional opinion before you decide to do anything to your hair (chemically). But it is true that coloring your own hair will definitely save you tons of money in the long run, especially when you are being charged anywhere from $30-$100 per trip to the salon. You also have the option to do waxing at home, which can also save you time and money. Honestly, I believe just about anything can be learned from Youtube, it just takes some time and effort.


When they say that beauty is pain, they weren’t lying, it can be a pain in your pocket! Thankfully it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these tips, you will be saving money on your beauty routine, as well as taking some time out of your day to pamper yourself. Who doesn’t love to save money, and pamper yourself at the same time.

What corners are you cutting to save money in your beauty routine?