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6 Budget-friendly treats when you’re down

There are some days when you just really need to treat yourself. But dropping $100 at the spa or on a new bag can quickly rebound and make you feel even worse. Instead, treat yourself to these budget-friendly pick-me-ups so you’ll feel nothing but perky.

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Nail polish

Buying a totally new colour for your nails can do wonders for your mood. Splashing on a coat of “Fire Engine Red” or “Royal Purple” can cause you to look at yourself in a completely different light and find your confidence again. Or if your mani/pedi case is already overflowing with polishes, consider trying some patterned stick-on nails or funky design pens. The important thing is, you see your nails every day, so why not give them a boost that makes you feel a little bit more special every time you look down?

Bubble bath

Treating yourself to a long, luxurious bath is a great way to unwind after a long day. There are so many fun items you can buy to dress up your bath time, but the most budget-friendly — and arguably the most enjoyable — is bubble bath. It turns bath time into play time and lets you feel both sexy and like you are a kid again. So buy yourself a large bottle of your favourite scented bubble bath, curl up with a good book or some relaxing music and enjoy!

A good book

There’s no denying that literature can be expensive these days, but it doesn’t have to be! Stop by your local library or used-book store, and snag yourself something really juicy. When you’re feeling down, don’t feel pressured to take on War and Peace or Crime and Punishment. Something that is easy to make sense of and digest is perfectly acceptable. This is your chance to take your mind off whatever is causing you stress, so find the book that will do just that.

New music

Have you been putting off buying a new CD or getting the latest awesome single off iTunes? Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and get yourself some music that will help bring you joy and tranquility.

Ingredients for the perfect meal

Although eating to control your mood is never advisable, creating a divine dinner can be very therapeutic for some. And the price tag certainly beats ordering in! Stop by the grocery store, and pick up the ingredients for your favourite meal or something you’ve been dying to try, and get cooking.

Coffee with a friend

When you’re feeling really down, seeing a close pal can be just what you need. But going out for a night of drinks or a pricey dinner isn’t the best option for your wallet. Instead, meet her for coffee. For under $10, you can have a creamy beverage and a delicious baked good to snack on — plus you’ll have the company of a great friend!

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