• Melissa Kartini

7 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

As we all know, there is nothing better than chillaxing by finding ways to pamper ourselves after a long, hard day of work. Unfortunately, as we all also already know, pampering ourselves can often come with a hefty price tag.

And despite knowing how important it is to take a bit of time out every once in a while, we usually opt out of a much needed pamper session, viewing it as more of a luxury than an essential. In some cases, this is true, but it isn't really, not necessarily.

Simply rid yourself of the idea that pamper sessions equal big bucks. Pampering yourself doesn't necessarily mean you have to break your bank account. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to treat yourself, and thankfully enough, many of them can be done in the comfort of your own home. Here're a couple to get you going:

Give your hair some TLC

Who says you need to spend a fortune at a salon to get the hair you want? Or to even pamper it a little, for that matter?

If you'd like to give your hair some TLC without breaking the bank, all you have to do is buy hair oil and if you're feeling especially fancy, a hair mask. The latter needn't even be expensive, as you can enjoy the result of soft and smooth hair with repeated use of the product.

Try a staycation

Not enough money to splurge on an actual vacation? No problem. There is no shame in having a staycation, where you basically just stay in your area. All you have to do is book a room for yourself at a hotel, and treat yourself to all the nice things one would as a tourist.

If you want to save even more money, you can simply stay at home and recharge there. Pull on your cosiest clothes, grab a book, a cup of tea, and sit back and relax. Most importantly, turn off your cellphone and stay away from your computer! You don't need distractions from this precious time for yourself.

Write a list of things you're grateful for

Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in a web of "have-nots" and forget about all the things that you already have.

Take some time to sit down and write a list of things you're grateful for. For example, the fact that you have a roof over your head, food on the table, a job to support yourself, etc. To make yourself feel even better, write down all of the good things that happened to you today. You'd be surprised by how much better you'd feel by adopting a thankful mindset.

Create a spa at home

A nice, long soak, or if you're like the rest of us, a nice, hot shower might be the key to happiness. Turn off the lights, light some candles, and take extra care in luxuriating in your favourite bath products. Rinse away the worries of the day, exfoliate, and get yourself squeaky clean.

To really cap things off, finish off your pampering session by moisturising your skin. Ginvera's World Spa Shower Scrub (RM21.50; 750ml) and Spa Oil in Body Lotion (RM15; 230g) series are great budget options for your spa experience.

Binge-watch awesome TV shows

There's nothing wrong with binge-watching your favourite TV show every once in a while. It's fun, easy and a really cheap way to have a good time. Parking fees, petrol, toll, movie tickets? The furthest things from your mind!

All you have to do is turn on Netflix and enjoy. It's a great way to unwind after a long day at work, so treat yourself to the adventures of your favourite characters.

Cook yourself a gourmet meal

Dying for a good meal but can't afford to eat out? This is where your culinary skills come in handy. Save up by staying in and cooking your own meal. After all, delicious food is an excellent way to pamper yourself, especially if you haven't been eating well lately. So unless you're really strapped for cash, there's no reason why you should deprive yourself of it. Go on ahead and play chef!

To really enhance the experience, create a stress-free environment before you start cooking. Turn on some music, and pour yourself your favourite drink. Make it an enjoyable experience!

Sleep in

Sleep is something we sorely need, yet the majority of us underestimate its importance. So many people skip out on a few hours of essential sleep in order to do work or even watch that one last episode of Game of Thrones (yes, yes, I know how this sounds like after talking about binge-watching).

Fact of the matter is, sleep is something that affects all areas of our lives, and the average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Without sleep, we tend to age faster, gain weight more easily, and become more prone to depression, just to name a few! So get those extra few hours of sleep. It's cheap, effective, and your quality of life will thank you for it.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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