However frugal you are, you need to be a little frivolous every now and then. So what can you do to indulge, treat yourself? It doesn't have to cost a lot to be valuable. It's the time given to yourself that is the most important thing.
Whether its time out, a little luxury or a little retail therapy you are after, here are some suggestions for a little treat.
Have a long hot
bath with your favourite luxury bubble bath, glass of wine,
favourite music and a great book. May be a few chocolates too! Put a
'Do Not Disturb' notice on the door.
Go out for coffee
and cake with your partner, best friend, or alone. You may not be
able to afford a meal out but lingering over a coffee and indulgent
cake can be just as good and a lot cheaper.
Fancy a Takeaway?
Supermarkets now do excellent Chinese or Indian takeaways that you
just heat up at home. They are just like eating out, but much
cheaper. Just heat up in the oven and serve with your favourite
Buy a new item of
clothing or jewellery. Try the website 10orLess . It brings together the best bargains from 100s of shops featuring
men's and women's clothing and household goods and everything is £10 or less.
Reward yourself for all those times when you have spent less than expected. Go to the shops
with £10, £15 or £20 to spend on what ever you choose. Enjoy
looking round and deciding – and then enjoy what you buy. You will
value it all the more for being such a special treat.
- Plan and save up
for a trip to the pub, cinema, theatre or whatever you fancy,
putting aside what you can each week. Then enjoy the experience knowing you have earned it!
- Make a Pudding.
How long is it since you had treacle pudding, rice pudding or apple
crumble, with custard, cream or ice cream? These are all cheap to
make and will feel very indulgent! Here is the recipe for Apple Crumble
Go for a good walk
in a park, country lane or by the coast (especially if you had a
pudding!) The fresh air and exercise will be invigorating and
encourage some mood enhancing endorphins!
- Volunteer. You
will meet new people and learn new skills. To find out how see
http://howopia.co.uk/howto/how-find-volunteer-opportunity. You can volunteer as a 'one off' or start a regular commitment every week, fortnight or month.
- If you save loyalty points, spend them on a luxury instead of day to day stuff. You will value it much more.
Whatever you decide to do, it's important it is entirely guilt free both in terms of time and money. So give yourself a little break every now and then.
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