5 Inexpensive Ways To Treat Yourself (Today)

Posted by Paula Hong on

Treating yourself to something nice doesn’t have to be expensive (although most of my retail therapy sessions seem to be on the pricier end…[avoids eye contact with self]). But it doesn’t have to be. After all, someone somewhere once said that “it’s the little things in life.” And, we agree, so here are 5 inexpensive ways to treat yourself today.

1. Self-Mani-Pedi
The best part about this treat is that you probably already have a (free) barely-used bottle of nail lacquer lying somewhere around the house. All you need is some nail polish remover, cotton balls, hand cream, good music, and a glass of wine (which we get to). If you don’t have any nail polish, though, then here are 3 fun, high-ranking brands to try: Olive and June, Essie, and Butter London.

2. 8-Ingredient Microwaveable Chocolate Mug Cake
With the pandemic came a surplus of interesting food recipes and food hacks (which, no one complained about ever). From 3-ingredient Dalgona coffees to microwaveable mug-cakes, we love them all, especially because they require minimal ingredients and even less time. According to one blogger, this recipe will award you with “the moistest chocolate mug cake,” all under 2 minutes. A moist-try.

3. A Bottle Of Wine (From Trader Joe’s)
We understand. Not everyone might have access to a Trader Joe’s (which is such a shame). But, if you do, we highly recommend checking out their Spirits section. From $2.99 bottles of Charles Shaw red wine to $9.99 light-pink colored Lakeville Brut Róse, the American-chain grocery store offers good-quality liquor at a great value. On the other hand, if you’re in any of the eight unlucky states that don’t carry Trader Joe’s products, then you’re still in luck! Thanks to e-commerce and drizly.com. With operations in more than 70 cities around the United States, Drizly offers consumers to hunt down their local retailers’ collection of wallet-friendly bottles!

4. Free 21-Minute Class By Fitness Enthusiast Blogilates 
I know what you’re probably thinking. Isn’t this list supposed to be about inexpensive ways one can treat themselves? Well, did you know that in 2018, a survey found that the average amount of money Americans aged 18-65 spent per month on health + fitness was $155? That comes out to $112,000 in one’s lifetime. So, if anything, this could be a treat not only for your body, but for your wallet, too (to do some much-deserved retail therapy later)! In addition to all of the home-cooking videos that the pandemic subsequently caused, came an abundance of home-workout videos such as these from award-winning fitness instructor Cassey Ho’s Blogilates.

5. Epsom Salt Bath
A few weeks ago, a physician advised that I look into the different kinds of electrolytes my body (and all of our bodies) needed. Ignorant that I was, I realized how little I knew of them and the 7 different types--Sodium, Phosphate, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, and Bicarbonate (whew!). And even less about how each electrolyte was absorbed by the human body. By the end of my research, I found that one of the hardest electrolytes to obtain was Magnesium, but one of the best ways to absorb it was through an epsom salt bath, which not only helps the body detoxify, but can also promote healing. So, get out that rubber ducky and purple-colored loofah!


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