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Spa treatments for the girl on a budget

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Thrifty spa treatments

A day at the spa is a great way to unwind and refresh, but even one treatment can be a burden on your budget. Want to pamper yourself and still have money for rent? Here are some special ways for girls to enjoy spa treatments on a budget.

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Purchase an at-home spa treatment

We love Slimmer Silhouette, a cost-effective, spa-quality body wrapping system you can use at home. Instead of shelling out money for one body wrap treatment at the spa, which can cost anywhere from $110 to $150, you can have several treatments for the price of one. The kit includes 12 wraps (several weeks of supplies) and at an average $21 per wrap -- far less than the cost of a comparable body wrap treatment at a spa or resort. Spa-inspired accessories -- such as sponges, loofahs, lotions and essential oils -- can usually be purchased at budget-friendly prices at your local pharmacy.

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Go DIY

There are tons of recipes online for homemade spa treatments that cost no more than the ingredients with which you make them. And chances are, you probably have most of what you need in your fridge or pantry. From body scrubs and facial cleansers to foot scrubs and hair masks, there are countless ways to mix your own magic spa potions. Keep the creativity going with spa-inspired eating. Make yourself a delicious smoothie for breakfast, stock up on veggies for lunch and go vegan for dinner!

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Search for deals online

Short of calling every spa in your area to see which, if any, are offering deals, it's not easy to find a spa-centric sale. Fortunately, sites like SpaFinder allow you to search by location and spa deals. When we searched, we found over 300 deals listed for the U.S.

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Make it a group thing

Whether you want to get together with your girlfriends or create a romantic spa evening at home with your honey, have some fun giving each other spa treatments. If you're making it a girl's night, pretend you're back in high school having a sleepover – manicures, pedicures and makeovers for everyone! If it's a more romantic night for two you're after, have him give you a massage.

Sometimes going to the spa is worth the splurge, but when there's no room in the budget for a body scrub or hydrating facial, get resourceful and create a fabulous spa experience for yourself at a fraction of the cost.

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