Simple Ideas for a Self-Care Day on a Budget

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While it might be tempting to break your bank like Donna and Tom, not everyone can afford a day of lavish pampering. Luckily, treating yourself doesn’t mean you have to waste your hard-earned savings.

Treating yourself can count as anything that promote self-love, rest, and relaxation. Here are some of the best ways to have a treat yo’ self day without losing all the dough you work so hard for.

How to Have a Self-Care Day on a Budget

Experience the Wonders of Bath Bombs

While splurging on a full spa treatment might seem like the perfect way to unwind, having a DIY spa night at home can be just as satisfying. For a fraction of the cost you can draw a warm bath and enjoy a fridge full of snacks without spending more than you make a day.

For some extra relaxation points, invest in some Epsom salt or bath bombs. Light a few aromatherapy candles and turn on the soothing music.

Binge Your Favorite Show

Whenever I’m having a bad day, there’s nothing that a good Parks and Rec episode can’t cure. But if I’m really looking for a pick me up, you can find me taking full advantage of my streaming service by binging the entire 7 seasons in a day.

Laying around and watching TV is the epitome of comfort, and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Just make sure you have plenty of snacks in the house and slide into something comfy.

Psst… If you already invest in Amazon Prime, check out their streaming video selection! It’s great!

Order From Your Favorite Restaurants

Don’t feel like cooking? Treat yo’ self to some Postmates or even just some pick up. There are tons of different food delivery apps out there that offer discounts on different days, just be sure to check your email or app regularly to keep your eyes on deals.

And don’t worry – the steps it takes to answer the door and tip the driver totally counts as your cardio for the day. 😉

Try a New Hair Color

Ever feel like you’re in a funk? Switch things up with a new hair color. Feel like a new person by going a few shades lighter or darker. Or even better, go bleach blonde for a day. I’m loving this silvery blonde by Loreal!

After you get that new style, spend some time indulging in a good selfie session. Sure, showing off your hair in person is better than feeling like you’re overdoing it online, but treat yo’ self to some gloating and confidence boosting pics.

Get Your Nails Done

Manicures and pedicures are the pinnacles of treat yo’ self day. From the massaging to the cleaning and painting, the whole process just feels rejuvenating. And the best part about this total nail makeover is that most salons offer combo discounts for mani-pedis.

If you’d rather do it yourself, invest in a small grooming kit. Be sure that it comes with tweezers, a cuticle trimmer, and nail file. Also try to invest in higher-quality nail polishes that will last.

>> Related: Best Yellow Nails Ideas for Spring + Summer

Redecorate Your Home Base

Your home is your castle, and you should be able to feel comfortable when you’re there. If you’re looking for a way to make every day feel like a treat yo’ self day, spend some time redecorating and making your personal space feel like a palace.

Go Out On Your Own

Have you been wanting to visit a museum or exhibit and can’t find anyone to go with? Or have you been dying to see the latest blockbuster that none of your friends care enough to see? Going to movies, museums, even lunch or dinner on your own can be one of the most empowering moves you can make.

Also, going on your own allows you to fully focus on the pleasures of the experience. Don’t get distracted with idle small talk – have that solo date and really get to know yourself.

TIP: Stuck inside? This post might be a better fit >> 22 Fun, Relaxing + Productive Things to Do at Home Alone


Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Take pleasure in some of the simpler joys in life, and before you know it, you’ll be relaxed and feel like a whole new person.

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Simple Ideas for a Self-Care Day on a Budget