11 Women On The Budget-Friendly Ways They Buy a Little Happiness

A little indulgence is key to avoiding frugality fatigue.

Every once in a while, spending money on a luxurious indulgence for yourself can be a good thing. When you’re on a budget, and watching your expenses for an extended period of time, you can suffer from something called frugality fatigue. It comes with its own set of problems, and can sometimes lead to us “trading up,” even if when we can’t really afford to do so. Every week, I set aside time for myself to do something totally mind-consuming and luxurious feeling, so I am forced to slow down and focus on myself. Lately, it’s been drawing a salt water bath, watching House Of Cards, and making myself a cosmo to sip on as I watch. *cackles* Other weeks, it’s the rare manicure, or even a shopping trip where I pick up a new shirt for myself.

Everyone should have their weekly indulgences to reward themselves and help them unwind from the stress of daily life. It’s important to celebrate little milestones and focus on creating ~positive vibes~ for yourself. I reached out to my group of friends and acquaintances to see what their weekly “treat yourself” regimens look like, and here’s what they said:

1. “Every Saturday AM, I get a pedicure at this small little nail salon near me. It’s not expensive, and they have a 15% off special for students with college IDs. It feels supremely luxurious to get my feet done after a long week of work, class, homework, etc. I’d obviously give the habit up if I needed to, but it feels so good to indulge in that specific part of my body.”  — Lia, 26

2. “I don’t spend a lot of money on my hair, but I did invest in a bottle of this intense deep-conditioning hair mask treatment from a fancy salon I always walk by. Once a week, I’ll set aside an hour to rinse my hair, put the mask on, pour a glass of wine, and grab a book. It stays in for about 25-30 minutes, and it’s the perfect chunk of time for me to sit and chill. I’m a bit of an obsessive emailer, but once a week, it’s nice to be forced to slow down and go offline.”  — Erica, 24

3. “I’ll definitely order a dessert every time I go out to dinner on either Friday or Saturday night. It feels like a special way to end the only meal I eat out all week. I pack lunch for work, and I rarely have time to do nice sit-down dinners with my boyfriend. Our weekend ritual is sacred, and I always opt for a dessert that is really rich to enjoy at the end of our meal together. To me, it’s $10 tacked onto the bill that feels well worth it.”  — Jackie, 28

4. “I don’t know if it happens weekly (maybe twice or so a month), but ordering a cocktail at lunch is definitely special and a bit ~naughty~ feeling (I’m technically on-the-clock when I do it). My work BFF and I head out to a 40-minute sit-down lunch, and we’ll grab a martini while we’re there. Sometimes, it feels like the ultimate ‘fuck it’ indulgence that we get to share during super stressful work weeks.” — Laura, 31

5. “l’ll get a blowout, not every week, but definitely every other week. They can be expensive, but they are so worth it, in my opinion. I have thick hair, so I can go without washing it for two-to-three days afterwards, which allows the blowout to last for a long time. I’d love to learn how to do them myself, but I just can’t seem to master the flippy technique they do at the bottom.  Also, I simply don’t have the patience to pin up layers of my hair as I go. Plus, it’s really nice to feel pampered.” — Michelle, 27

6. “I actually try to end every night the same way: with a few cups of tension tamer or sleepytime tea and some dark chocolate. I’ll watch an episode of Real Housewives or Vanderpump Rules, and it’s a great time to spend unwinding and resetting myself after a long day.” — Rachael, 25

7. “Frozen yogurt for sure. It’s sounds so basic, doesn’t it? But, there’s this place called Frozen Peaks by my office, and it’s like, I prefer running there after work for a treat rather than running to the bar. It’s so damn good. For $6, I can feel like I indulged in a totally satisfying treat that I can enjoy as I read trashy magazines with glossy fashion photos. I don’t indulge in my guilty pleasures often, but when I do, I go balls out, gossip salon queen status.” – Danielle, 28