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Money Tips: Healthcare, Self-care & Pampering on a Budget

Pamper yourself for less

With long working weeks and the prospect of a chilly, dark winter looming on the horizon, we all need a little pick-me up from time to time. Giving yourself a regular morale boost is essential to maintaining a good quality of life, and ensuring your physical and mental well-being. When we think of pampering, it’s often expensive spa days and luxurious salon treatments that spring to mind. However, there are lots of cheap and cheerful ways to look after Number One.

Add a Treat to Your Supermarket Trolley

On the whole, it’s best to avoid the tempting sweet treats near the tills when you’re doing your weekly food shop. Impulse buys can quickly make their mark on your grocery bills. Once in a while, though, it doesn’t hurt to stick something naughty in the trolley. Make this little added bonus a monthly routine, and you’ll find the supermarket becomes a lot more fun.

Have a Leisurely Bubble Bath

Is there anything more luxurious than spending a couple of evening hours in a warm, fragrant bath? It’s an unbeatable and cost-free way to unwind and take time and space to enjoy your own company.

Have a Date Night at Home

You don’t need to go to an expensive restaurant to enjoy quality romantic time with your other half. Put on your best outfit, light some candles, and serve up a delicious home-cooked meal for two. Try and avoid talking about stressful, everyday matters, and you’ll find you can have a one-of-a-kind evening in your very own house.

Curl Up With a Book

There’s no better way to leave reality behind and nourish your mind and soul than reading a good page-turner. After all, how often do we get to escape into another world? Pick a new book or an old favourite, pour yourself a glass of wine and let the words transport you.

Paint Your Nails

A DIY manicure or pedicure is truly therapeutic. You can pick up nail polish for just a couple of pounds at big pharmacy chains, or use a colour you already own. Not only will you enjoy a relaxing half-hour of creativity, you’ll also emerge brighter, glossier and more colourful!

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