Although there are tons of free self-care things available, sometimes it’s nice to have an extra special treat to brighten our day — one that costs a little money. As long as we don’t treat ourselves every day but limit the treats to special pick-me-up occasions, they can be a great tool in giving us a lift when we need it, without breaking the bank.
Here are 10 ideas that cost a little something, but not much!
1. Coffee (from a coffee shop!) But here’s the rule – you actually have to hang out and relax at the coffee shop while you finish your drink. It doesn’t count if grab your drink while rushing to the next task on your to-do list.
2. Etsy Printables. You can get gorgeous printables on Etsy for just a few dollars. If you’ve never shopped for printables, you’ll be amazed at the variety offered. You can get stunning printables on everything from artwork to organization.
3. Shiny New Office Supplies. If you get a thrill from a beautiful pen or pencil, go ahead and treat yourself!
4. Magazines. Pick up a beautiful magazine at the supermarket, one that’s totally impractical but that you love. You don’t have to subscribe to “save money.” Extra Credit: You get extra points if you enjoy it over coffee (see #1).
5. Essential Oils or Dried Flowers. Give yourself a gift that will help you relax. Although good quality essential oils can be expensive, if you buy the actual dried flowers, you can save a lot and still enjoy the scent. My favorite essential oil is lavender. I like to dab a little on my wrists before going to sleep. I also keep dried lavender sachets throughout my house.
6. Your favorite TV show. Instead of waiting months for your latest show to come to Netflix for “free,” pay a few dollars and treat yourself to the next show in the series you love.
7. Community Week at a Yoga Studio. Did you know that most yoga studios offer an entire week where you can try classes for free or for a few dollars? Most studios have a community week several times a year. It’s a great way to learn about yoga while doing something wonderful for your body and mind.
8. A new app. Is there an app that you’ve always wanted but felt funny laying down the few bucks it costs? Go ahead, enjoy!
9. A pretty journal or notebook. Cultivating a journal is one of the best things you can do for your self-care. Having a pretty journal or notebook to record our thoughts make the experience so much more fun.
10. Flowers or Plants. Trader Joe’s sells gorgeous fresh flowers for only $3.99 that will last almost two weeks. You can also buy a houseplant, which will not only look great, but will also help purify your indoor air.
I hope you take advantage of some of these inexpensive self-care ideas as you incorporate self-care as a regular part of your life.
If there are other low-cost ideas that you enjoy buying as a small pick-me-up, I would love if you could share them in the comments below so we can grow this list!