Working a full-time job, managing a household, and paying close attention to a monthly budget can be extremely taxing. If you’ve been successfully living within your means and paying off your debts over the past few months, then maybe it’s time to reward yourself with something nice. Sure, you’ve almost paid off your credit card bill, but that doesn’t mean you should celebrate by heading to the mall and go on a shopping spree. Rewarding yourself doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot of money. Here are some simple and frugal ways you can treat yourself to something nice:
1) Order in.
If you’ve been cooking your meals at home in order to make your budget stretch further, then why not treat yourself to a night of ordering in? Ordering in is still cheaper than dining at a restaurant, and you can always check our restaurant coupon database first! Have a few pizzas or some Chinese food delivered, and enjoy your meal in front of the television with your family.
2) Take a bubble bath.
Ask your parents (or spouse) to entertain the kids for the night and spend a relaxing evening soaking in a warm bubble bath. Light some scented candles and grab a glass of wine for an inexpensive yet peaceful evening.
3) Read a book.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a mound of books that are gathering dust and waiting to be read. Spend the day catching up on some good reads. If you haven’t got anything ready to read, then why not borrow a book from the library or a good friend?
4) Clean up the closet.
Cleaning up your clothes closet is a wonderful way to find clothes you have long forgotten about or have never used. Apart from ridding your closet of clutter, you can also take the opportunity to find new purposes for your items. Perhaps you can turn a pair of pants into shorts, or an oversized blouse into a cute dress. While you’re at it, why not pull out the old stuff you don’t wear anymore and take them to a consignment shop to earn some more cash?
5) Purchase something.
There’s nothing more rewarding than a little retail therapy. Treat yourself for your good work by buying something you’ve been eyeing for a while. Don’t go overboard, of course. Set a spending limit and stick to it. It may help to only bring a sufficient amount of cash and leave the credit cards at home.
Let’s face it—everyone needs a break sometimes. Try some of these suggestions and enjoy a little reward without having to break the bank!
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