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As a twenty-four-year-old with a low paying job and desire to build up the savings account, I try not to spend too much money on myself (though I usually fail). There’s always this guilt that comes with spending on myself. Though as a single woman, I guess everything I spend money on is for myself. Either way, we feel guilty splurging on ourselves when we really need to take care of ourselves. Over this year, I’ve found 5 ways I take care of myself, all for $10 or less.
1. My Shampoo and Body Wash
For a long time, I was the kind who bought the $2 body wash at the grocery store. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I could never find a scent I liked and I’m big on making sure I at least smell nice. So instead of spending #2 on the softsoap at HEB, I started spending a few extra dollars to buy OGX’s Aragan Oil of Morocco body wash. The smell isn’t fruity, but it does have this soft, light fragrance and I love how my skin feels using it.
In addition to my body wash, I also splurge a little on my shampoo. For the past few years, I’ve been using Nature’s Gate Shampoo. It’s soy free, gluten free, paraben free and vegan. While many of these words don’t usually mean a lot to me, I’ll admit I’m vain about my hair.
Nature’s Gate smells so good and it leaves my hair feeling all soft. I usually wash my hair every other day or every two to three days, depending on when I remember and how icky my hair looks.
2. The Gym
My gym membership is $9.99 a month, so it technically meets the requirements. I go to Planet Fitness and it has plenty of everything I need to get a good workout in. When I moved to Austin, I would have never imagined it would have given me the love of going to the gym. I go to the gym at least four times a week, so by the end of the month, each visit costs me less than a buck.
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3. A Good Bottle of Wine
I’ll be the first to say I’m a wino. For a while, especially leading up to the 2016 election, I was drinking wine a little too much. While my love for wine hasn’t waned, I do try to make sure I don’t drink too many nights in a row. That being said, if it’s my Friday night (aka Monday), I might pick up a bottle of wine from HEB or Target.
Or like yesterday when I finished a book draft, I got wine to celebrate.
4. Discount Days at the Movies
One Austin suburb, Pflugerville (pronounced flew-ger-ville), has a movie theater that does discount days on Tuesdays. $5 a movie ticket in this day and age? Yes, please! Since Tuesdays are my day off from work, I’ve gone a few times and I already have my ticket to see Avengers: Infinity War next week. Now that the summer movie season is here, I might be going more and more.
I’m still debating if it’s time to get a Moviepass for $10 a month and just admit I want to go see movies.
5. Used Book Stores
This one ought to be no surprise, given my reading record. I’m really grateful that Austin has some stellar bookstores, especially a few great used ones. Half Price Books and Recycled Reads are two that are super close to my old house, so I stop by to check out what they have. I go to HPB if I’m looking for something specific; Recycled Reads is if I want to just see what magic I may find. In fact, Recycled Reads is where I picked up Naked in Death.
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6. OPI’s Infinite Shine Nail Polish
Infinite Shine is a three-step nail polish that leaves a gel nail on your nails. I’m too cheap to go get my nails done every two weeks, but I’ll splurge the $12.50 for a new OPI color. I have three right now and I’m sure I’ll go get another one. My current favorite is this nude color.
7. Book of the Month
Book of the Month is a subscription box, like birchbox. Except, you know, BOOKS. For $14.99 a month, I get a brand new, hardcover, first edition book. One of my favorite 2018 reads, The Woman in the Window, was a Book of the Month and I actually have a surplus of books I need to read. As a bookworm, nothing makes me more excited than someone mailing me a book every month.