15 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

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There are ways to pamper yourself on a budget and you deserve it!

I’d love to spend a weekend in Italy shopping at the outlet stores or even a day at the spa being pampered. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening soon. That doesn’t mean that I don’t deserve to be pampered or need a little bit of me time. It’s important for everyone to be pampered occasionally and enjoy some down time.

15 ways to pamper yourself on a budget

15 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

If you’re on a budget, it can seem like taking a little bit of time to pamper yourself just isn’t possible. There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself on a budget and I’m sharing 15 of them to get you started today.

  1. Enjoy breakfast in bed. Even if you have to make it yourself and slip back into bed with a book and a cup of coffee, take the time to enjoy the down time.
  2. Have a pampering evening ritual. A cup of tea, a scented candle and some soft music can feel luxurious even if it is only for 15 minutes.
  3. Make a body scrub. These can be expensive in the store, but they are so easy to make at home. Try my Cinnamon Apple Body Scrub.
  4. Pamper your hair. Returning moisture and shine to your hair can be as easy as coating your hands with coconut oil and rubbing them through your damp hair.
  5. Paint your nails.  Buy the best polish you can afford so it lasts longer but even an inexpensive brand should last a few days with a top coat.
  6. Give yourself permission. Allow yourself an hour (or two) to do exactly what you want. Read a book and enjoy a latte. Take a walk on the beach. Sit outside in a lawn chair with a glass of lemonade. Just give yourself permission.
  7. Take a bubble bath. Locking yourself in the bathroom may be a challenge but try. Fill the tub up with hot water and your favorite bubble bath and try to forget about everything else.
  8. Buy yourself some flowers. If you absolutely cannot afford to buy flowers, try picking your own instead.
  9. Get your glam on. Put on your nicest outfit and do your makeup. Add a few spritzes of your favorite perfume. Even if you’re just staying at home, allow yourself the luxury.
  10. Have a picnic. Pack a lunch and enjoy it in the park or go all out and pack a picnic basket and take your sweetie or your best friend.
  11. Take an afternoon off. Swap sitting with your best friend if you need to but take an afternoon to ride your bike, window shop at the mall or just curl up on the couch with your favorite movie.
  12. Learn something new.  You can often find free classes at the local senior center or library. Learn to paint or ballroom dance or speak German.
  13. Be a kid again. Watch cartoons. Go for a walk in the rain and jump in puddles. Have a snowball fight. Just act silly for a while even if no one else gets to see.
  14. Visit a makeup counter. If you’re lucky enough to have a beauty store that offers free facials or makeup samples, stop there for a little pampering. Just don’t allow yourself to buy anything that isn’t in your budget.
  15. Splurge. Let yourself splurge on a small treat whether that’s a latte or an ice cream cone. You don’t need to buy a large with all the extras. Just find a little treat that’s affordable for you and enjoy.

How do you pamper yourself on a budget?

15 ways to pamper yourself on a budget


  1. Wonderful list of fantastic ways to pamper yourself. A hot cuppa tea, a good book and snuggling by the fireplace after a hot bath is the way I unwind, helping my mind to escape at the end of the day.

  2. I’ve learned well how to do this since retiring. When you can’t do like you used to you learn to make the best of what you have. I love nothing more than sitting with a good book, a mug of delicious hot chocolate and watching the fire burn in the wood stove in the winter.

  3. Great ideas. I have not had breakfast in bed in ages. Hmmm, maybe this weekend. Hubby… hint, hint…

  4. So many great ideas!  I love to make a cup of tea, put together a small plate of goodies, and then snuggle under a blanket with a book to read.  I really need those moments to recharge.

  5. I love the idea of taking the afternoon off. I like to just watch TV shows that I like without worrying what others are thinking.  That would feel like a real pamper.