Cheap ThrillsTuesday, October 28, 2014
Here are a few of my favourite, cheap (or free) ways to treat myself after a day and a half, because it's just not prudent to buy a new pair of boots every time you think you deserve a prize.
[LUSH bath bomb, $4-$8] // Not only are they inexpensive, but they're indulgent and relaxing. One of my favourite ways to calm down is to run a nice warm bath, light a candle, and pop one of these suckers in the tub. They come in a variety of scents, including some nice calming ones to help you wind down at bedtime. Some are coloured, some are glittery, and there are holiday-themed versions that make perfect little gifts.
[Lindt sea salt dark chocolate bar, $3] // I only enjoy these once or twice a year - I usually get one in my Christmas stocking. They're my absolute favourite chocolate bar. Salty/sweet perfection. And the dark chocolate is really satisfying, so just a square or two is enough, and the bar lasts a long time.
[Balea face masks, $2] // Sometimes when I'm browsing at Shopper's I'll grab a few of these individually packaged face masks (I believe they're $2 each or three for $5, but I might be wrong) and stash them in the bathroom. After a shower, I'll use an exfoliating scrub - St. Ives Apricot Scrub is the one I like best - and pop one of these suckers on for a great little pick-me-up that feels (almost) like a trip to the spa.
[Walk with the dog: FREE] // Spending time outside is said to reduce stress, and the same goes for spending time with animals. Taking a long walk with Rory is the best of both worlds. Even a 30-minute spin around our neighbourhood is a nice energy boost on nights when I'm too tired to put in a good effort at the gym. Walking helps me get my thoughts in order, the fresh air feels good, and there's companionship without the need to engage in a conversation.
[Puzzles: FREE-$10] // I like doing crossword puzzles, sudokus, or cryptoquotes, which I find in magazines, newspapers, or online for free. It's a great distraction, being able to focus on something else other than the day's events. Working on a jigsaw puzzle does it for me, too. Over the holidays I like having a big puzzle on the go - it's an alternative to watching TV or reading on chilly, stormy evenings when you just want to stay in and be cozy, and it's not terribly expensive either. For $10ish, a puzzle keeps you busy for hours! If you need a midday break to refocus, this site has free virtual puzzles each day.