Top 10 Affordable Ways to Pamper Yourself

We all need to give ourselves some TLC from time to time. Though pampering may ease our bodies and minds, sometimes it can break the bank. Not anymore!

iVillagers offered up a number of great ideas on our Divorce and Money message board, from looking at a photo album to "driving nowhere." Here are more of your creative -- and cheap -- tips:

1. Take a Cat Nap
"One thing I've learned from living with cats is that there's no bad time for a nap. And, no -- you don't have to actually go to sleep. At the end of the workday, I wrap up a few loose ends, then Oscar the cat and I stretch out on the couch and relax. Sometimes I snooze; sometimes I don't. Relaxing and thinking pleasant thoughts are the key. Bad thoughts are banished. Such a nice way to make the transition from work to home." --iVillager vwhittem

2. Book It
"My main pampering habit is reading books. Instant vacation!" --iVillager marmidala

"Fixing a 500+ calorie dessert and taking it to bed early with a good book -- my favorite!" --iVillager oceana2000

"I take a bowl of popcorn, a glass of cold ginger ale and my books, and I lay in bed and read and eat. My dog Blue sits on the end of my bed, and we have a very peaceful afternoon." --iVillager cl-nicollej

3. Soak Your Cares Away
"My guilty pleasure is fruit-scented shower gels. I always have five to seven different ones to chose from." --iVillager 12lbg66

"A night of just pampering yourself is nice. Bubble baths with candlelight, a facial and a manicure, all with some soft music in the background, are very nice." --iVillager flowerpower99

4. Keep Up Appearances
"I treat myself to a manicure twice a month. It's only $15, and then I get the additional boost from people telling me that I have great hands and nails. I would recommend that we take our nicest feature (hair, nails, eyes, lips, legs), indulge in a pampering session and enjoy everyone else's moment of envy." --iVillager elgata

"My summer indulgence is getting a tan. Using a self-tanner, of course!" --iVillager 12lbg66

5. Fine Wine, Great Music
"My way of indulging myself is to buy a great bottle of Sauvignon or Pouilly Fuisse and sip it while listening to Miles Davis or an adagio by Albinoni. Very cheap, relaxing and sensuous." --iVillager romr

6. Get a Good Workout
"Recently, in a heart-to-heart talk with my doctor about losing weight, I decided to join a karate class! She referred me to where she takes classes and has helped me feel comfortable in the class. It is a stretch financially, but I have decided that I would rather cut some of the frivolous spending I do and work up a tighter budget for the larger reward of this class. I feel so good after each class, not to mention watching the pounds disappear, that it is pampering to me!" --iVillager catservant

"After a hard day at work, I work out at the gym. It is really relaxing and fun (I never thought it would be). I then treat myself to a large chocolate ice cream." --iVillager todloc

7. Rub It Out
"I believe in the value of a good massage, whether weekly, biweekly or once a month. Yes, it can be an extravagance for some, but even if only once a month, you are taking care of your whole self -- body, mind and spirit. I would be lost without it." --iVillager janseeley

8. Do an Expensive Thing Inexpensively
"Occasionally I treat myself to the twilight movie (between 4pm and 6pm in my area a first run picture is only $3.25)." --iVillager marmidala

9. Small Indulgences Are Just As Nice
"Some low-cost things I have learned to appreciate are buying a soothing eye or foot gel at the Body Shop (under $10) and buying the occasional lunch (cheaper than supper!). Another idea is going to a fancy cafe or restaurant for the ambiance, but only ordering the cheapest thing on the menu (flavored coffee, iced tea, a soup, etc.)" --iVillager starrynightdream

10. Keep It Simple
"I try to take a little time each day to be quiet, difficult with kids around, but it can be done. I just sit and reflect, and this is a luxury. I pamper myself by congratulating myself and acknowledging my achievements. I need to do this, as the self-esteem takes a battering from time to time. And I can pamper myself anytime I feel the need." --iVillager tl1122

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