For the second week of the Receiving Gifts Self-Care focus Ideas, I decided to write about ways we can treat ourselves financially. For some reason there’s a sense of taboo around spending money on ourselves, like it’s a bad thing or a naughty phrase. However, when it comes to spending money on others, it’s not as taboo. Just like most things in life, the trick is to find the balance. If you choose to splurge on yourself all the time I don’t see anything wrong with it and besides, it’s your business because it’s your money. Additionally, if you’re choosing to hold on to your funds because you’re trying to build your savings or because you’re planning on making a big purchase (a home or vehicle) that’s also understandable. But it’s also okay to spend money on yourself while doing those things, especially if your finances are in order. Treating yourself is not taboo it’s a form of self-care.
Unless you want to and can afford it, I’m not encouraging you to overspend this week but I want you to try and purchase something for yourself each day for the next week. If we can make an effort to not spend money on ourselves, we can make the same effort and do the opposite for a week (or for as long as you feel comfortable doing it). These purchases don’t always have to be a gift, it can mean getting dessert if you go out for dinner or lunch, going to happy hour or bringing home a bottle of wine. You can even decide to set a budget with your purchase ($10 or $20 limit). You can be as creative as you want to be, because the idea is to make purchases that work for you and purchases that fit your current lifestyle and financial capabilities this week. Since this post is about affordable self-care ideas, I’m going to make suggestions for ideas that should cost $20 or less.
Sunday–PURCHASE FLOWERS I believe this is the third time I’ve used this self-care idea. I try to buy myself flowers every week because I love having fresh flowers in the house. They don’t have to be fancy, I think all flowers are really pretty and you can cut them to fit the size of your vase which is a bonus in my opinion. At my local grocery store you can purchase a bouquet for $7.99. I believe Trader Joes sells affordable flowers as well and they have a really nice selection to choose from.
Monday–PURCHASE A MANICURE I don’t get my nails done often but when I do, I get a gel manicure which last longer and I believe it cost $25 (depending on the nail salon). I think regular manicures are cheaper ($10-$15) so if you’re on a tight budget, opt for a regular manicure. I believe the polish may only last for week but the focus here is on the fact that you treated yourself to something that was just for you.
Tuesday–PURCHASE A BOTTLE OF WINE If you don’t drink purchase a bottle of sparking apple cider or something else that you may like. Every state and country is different but here in NYC there is a Trader Joes that only sells wine and they have several good bottles that are under $10, some are even $3. I personally like the Barefoot brand wine and the Yellow Tail brand as affordable options (both $10 or under).
Wednesday–PURCHASE A CANDLE AND SHEET MASK I’ve mentioned stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, and Burlington as stores that you can go to, to make inexpensive purchases for your self-care needs. These stores carry well known brand products for almost a fraction of the cost. You can definitely find a $7.99 candle and a pack of sheet mask for around the same price (or less). You can have a mini spa session at home tonight with a glass of the wine you purchased yesterday.
Thursday–PURCHASE A MEAL Treat yourself to dinner (or lunch). You can go during happy hour and have an appetizer as your meal if your budget is tight. Some restaurants have really great lunch specials and depending on where you go, the happy hour drinks can be incredibly affordable as well.
Friday–PURCHASE AN ITEM This can be anything. One of the first things that came to mind for me was purchasing something from Bath and Body Works. You can get any one item in their store for $10 and under. And if they have a sale you might be able to get a two for $20 deal. I purchased a lotion from their a few months ago from their Aromatherapy line called Energy, the fragrance is ginger and orange and I LOVE it. The smell revitalizes me. This is also an opportunity to find sale items or arts and crafts items if you enjoy that as a hobby.
Saturday–PURCHASE FOR A FRIEND I love the gift of giving because doing stuff for others always makes me feel good about myself. I thought it would be a cute idea for us to create a self-care gift basket for someone special in our lives especially if that someone never treats themselves. I’m sure you can find a cute gift basket or container from the Dollar Store, an Arts and Crafts store (like Michaels), or some other container store. I would suggest re-purchasing and gifting some (or all) the items you purchased for yourself this week. Maybe the bottle of wine, the candle, and a pack of sheet masks, or an item from Bath and Body Works, some nail polish, and flowers. Just be creative. Making them happy will make you happy. You can definitely stay in the $20 price range with this gift idea.
Also, don’t rule out sites like Groupon if you’re interested in other affordable purchases (if you’re into getting your lashes done, I just saw a salon on their site that’s charging $20 for lash extensions in NYC which falls right within this budget). If you’re not familiar with Groupon, they offer discounts on a variety of options such as massages, facials, vacations, waxing, dinners, cooking classes, etc.
Moving on to our Self-Care on the Go infographics; Self-Care on the go are essentially bite size versions of my self-care challenges. It’s open to anyone but it’s specifically created for moms and other working women; who may not have time to participate in all (or any) of the challenges that I provide weekly because of their mommy duties or busy work schedule. You can access the infographic HERE. I’ve been posting them every Sunday since the beginning of the year and I really enjoy creating them. If you’re one of my readers who participate in, or enjoy these options because you find them convenient, leave a comment and let me know what you like about them or what you think I should change. Thanks for going on this self-care journey again with me this week. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms.
Before I go, I wanted to share that on Friday, last week’s blog post on Giving was featured on Jake In the City Five for Friday. I felt so honored. If you get a chance, check out his blog, my favorite post by him are his Wednesday Writer post. Thanks for the feature and I sincerely appreciate the support.
By the way, if you’re interested, my Newsletter and Self-Care Accountability Worksheet is now available. The worksheet will act as a supplement to my daily self-care challenges. The purpose is to help you stay on track with your daily self-care routines. If you’re interested in receiving these items weekly, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The self-care worksheet is FREE, but will only be available to my Newsletter subscribers. I will NOT spam you, I will only email once per week.
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