7 Ways to Treat Yourself on a Budget

by The Violet Journal
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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you don’t deserve nice things. There are plenty of ways to treat yourself, either for free or for as cheap as possible. Today I’m sharing just 7 of the best ways to treat yourself when you’re on a budget.


Why Should You Make Time To Treat Yourself?

Everyone needs some down time every once in a while. Life is stressful, and treating yourself to something nice at the end of a hard day is a great way to show yourself that you care.

Treating yourself is particularly important if you tend to put others’ needs above your own – perhaps you have children or work in customer service. I suggest trying to treat yourself to something nice at least once a week, so you can prioritise your mental health and maintain a strong relationship with yourself.


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7 Ways To Treat Yourself On a Budget


1. Cook Yourself Your Favourite Meal

You don’t need to go outside of your budget to enjoy a nice meal. Cooking for yourself is a great way to show yourself that you still care, especially if you don’t always have the time to make good, healthy meals in the evenings.


2. Take Yourself On a Coffee Shop Date

There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than sitting in your favourite coffee shop with a hot drink in hand. You could read a good book, write in your journal, or simply relax and switch your mind off for a while.


3. Buy Art From an Independent Artist

Independent art is often incredibly affordable, and is one the best gifts you can buy yourself. You get to support your favourite artists while filling your home with beautiful creations – a win for both parties.

Maybe it’s time to finally invest in those prints, paintings, or jewelry you’ve been eyeing up. Or you could also spend a few hours checking out some new artists. My favourite places to find new independent artists are Etsy, Twitter and Instagram.


4. Pick Up a New Book

If you like to read, then a new book is always a good gift to get yourself. You could spend a few hours browsing a cute, second hand bookstore, or if you read on a Kindle then you could buy yourself something from the deals section on Amazon.


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5. Buy Yourself Flowers

You don’t have to wait for someone else to buy you flowers – and you shouldn’t.

If you’ve never bought yourself flowers then you’re missing out on something wonderful. Buying yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers will brighten up both your home and your life, so head over to your local garden center or flower shop and get yourself the first thing that catches your eye.


6. Spend Some Time in Nature

Sometimes some time alone in nature is all you need to improve your day. Try spending an afternoon exploring local walks and hikes, or even just taking a stroll around your block if you live in a city. Walking is a great stress reliever and is one of my favourite ways to get some time to myself.


7. Take a Bubble Bath

A long, relaxing bubble bath is one of the best and easiest ways to treat yourself after a long day. You could even buy yourself some nice bath bombs or scented bath oils if you’re feeling fancy.

If you don’t have a bathtub, then try buying yourself some shower steamers. There are plenty of independent sellers creating homemade shower steamers – try searching Etsy or Twitter for local sellers. Taking a lavender scented shower is one of my favourite ways to end a difficult day.


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