10 Ways to Self-Care For Under $10

10 Ways to Self-Care For Under $10

Disclaimer: all of these prices were around $10 at most at the time of writing this post. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases made through links on this page.

Bath bombs. Electric blankets. Luxury pedicures. Wherever you look, self-care options seem to have gotten more and more expensive as time goes on. But some of us just don’t have the time or money to go to the spa!  

Honestly, I’m fed up with expensive self-care. So this week, I thought I’d take the time to recommend you ten different ways to care for yourself without breaking the bank. You’re welcome.

1. Find yourself a guided journal.

Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts out and destress. It’s recommended all the time as a wonderful method of caring for yourself. But open-ended journaling isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and figuring out what to write about every day can actually be kind of difficult.

That’s why I think guided journals are so great. These journals come with built-in prompts, so journaling every day is as easy as just answering questions, instead of having to come up with what to write all on your own. Check out guided journals like this one from Monica Sweeney and see if they would work for you!

2. Give yourself a massage with some body butter.

Reacquainting yourself with your body can be a powerful step on the way to self-love. Plus, I’d so much rather give myself some TLC than go to a massage and let someone else do it. It’s just a matter of comfort.

So take some time to pamper yourself with body lotion. I love getting body butter in pots, like this butter from Nivea – it feels so luxurious without coming with a hefty price tag too.

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3. Find a new favorite mug to sip soothing drinks from.

Whether you prefer tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, drinking warm beverages are a great way to soothe yourself when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. On cold winter days, I love sitting on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and just letting my mind wander. It makes me feel so peaceful and light!

A nice mug can really elevate this experience too. It’s a great way to feel luxurious without having to pay for it. Plus, I always use something more if it’s beautiful, which is why this mug from Smarlin is definitely on my wishlist.

4. Freshen up with healthy, cute face masks.

More often than not, feeling fresh and clean is a great step towards feeling better when I’m not doing so well. But when having a full-blown bubble bath seems like too much effort, face masks come in to save the day. Face masks are amazing because they’re low-energy products with high-quality results.

Don’t forget, face masks are really fun to do with other people too! Pick up a ten-pack like this one to have extras for when friends come over. You won’t regret it.

5. Light a candle and let the scent calm you down.

Personally, I find aromatherapy to be really helpful. But I know I’m not going to invest in expensive incense or essential oils. That’s why I depend on candles – if I ever feel myself getting stressed, I just light a candle, and suddenly, everything feels easier and more manageable.

There are loads of candles out there, and everyone likes different flavors! I prefer more floral scents, while my boyfriend really likes spiced candles. Peruse to your heart’s content, and maybe you’ll find something that really works for you!

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6. Get all of your papers organized with a filing folder.

This may not fit the idea of what self-care is supposed to look like, but trust me, it helps. Having a ton of loose papers around you can put a lot of stress on you even if you’re not aware of it. Messy surroundings lead to a messier mind – everything is easier to deal with when it’s neat.

Get your hands on a filing folder or two and take the time to organize your papers. You’ll feel much better afterwards when you don’t have a pile of mail on the counter or a mess of flyers on the coffee table. I know I do.

7. Find new, low-effort ways to workout with fitness bands.

Taking care of yourself includes taking care of your body, which includes exercise. And in the words of one of my favorite characters of all time: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!

For those of you who want to find the joys of exercise, you don’t need to invest in a treadmill or stationary bike to be active. Starting small is always better, especially for your budget. Take a look at fitness bands and other low-effort fitness equipment. You’ll be surprised at how far you can get with these glorified rubber bands, and your wallet will thank you for it.

8. Get an undated planner so that self-care doesn’t fall by the wayside.

Sometimes life gets busy. Between work, hobbies, and having a social life, it can get hard to take care of yourself. This might sound sad, but it’s helped me so much to schedule in time to care for myself. By using a planner to lay out what I’m doing, it’s so much easier to find spaces in my week to squeeze in a little me-time.

Getting an undated planner specifically has been so helpful for me. If you miss a day, or even a week, it’s a lot easier to pick up where you left off, without feeling bad about wasting a few pages by leaving them blanhttp://workingonthat.com/forgiving-yourself-achieve-goals/k. Anything that helps you forgive yourself and start again more easily gets two thumbs-up from me.

9. Download a habit-tracking app to make sure you take care of yourself.

Holding yourself accountable for your self-care is so important. In today’s world, people don’t prioritize self-care as much as they should, but I’m here to tell you that it’s necessary to live a fulfilling life.

Get a simple app – nothing that you have to keep up with too much. The more effort it takes, the less likely it is you’ll do it on a difficult day. I like Productive Habit Tracker, but for those of you on Android, Habitica is a great alternative. By keeping track of your self-care habits, you’re more likely to stick with them, which means you’re more likely to develop a healthier, happier lifestyle. And isn’t that always the goal

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10. Get some ice cream with a friend.

A scoop of ice cream costs way less than $10. And meeting up with a friend can cost nothing at all! With all the messaging we get on social media, we may think that self-care is inherently associated with luxury and huge price tags. But some of the purest moments of happiness and support I’ve felt are when I spend my time with my loved ones.

In your pursuit of self-love, don’t forget that being social can be a great source of self-care. Lean on other people in your life, and let them lean on you too. Any of the self-care methods I’ve mentioned above could be improved by doing them with a friend.


There you go! Ten amazing ways to take care of yourself without breaking the bank. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments. What are your favorite ways to self-care? How can you make self-care more affordable for your lifestyle?

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Oof, what a lovely wholesome post! I truly loved the candle suggestion because candles are my guilty pleasure. 💜✨

    1. Ugh, I *love* candles!! I’m glad you liked the post, Sam!

  2. I love the ‘find a cup’ part. It just reminds you that it really can be the tiniest change and thing that makes you feel a bit more at ease within a day. I’m definitely going to look into a habit tracker as much as that scares me because it will probably highlight how bad habits are my thing but it’s a great idea to try!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Lex! I highly recommend habit trackers – it’s okay if your habits are bad! Just think of tracking them as your first step towards becoming better. 😀

  3. Ahhh! I’m overloaded with how many of my favorite things you seemed to hit on! Journals, candles, face masks! I’ve opened up a few tabs and I’m going to check out these recommended items. I also love being organized. Plus, a habit-tracking app is a good idea. I have downloaded habitca before and never used it, so I may re-download it and try again.

    Awesome post!

    Jessica | The Unplug Initiative

    1. Thank you so much for the support, Jessica!

  4. Love these inexpensive ideas!! I will have to try guided journaling. Sounds perfect for me!

    1. Hope that helps, Kelli! Thanks for the comment 😀

  5. I love all of these ideas! They’re not your typical list of self care, but original and so helpful.

    1. Thanks so much, Sara! Hope this helps 😀

  6. You’ve got some great suggestions here! A friend recently gifted me a new mug, and it’s funny how such a small detail can bring a smile to your face.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. Hey, Britt! You’re so right – it’s really the small things. Thanks for the comment!

  7. A lot of these seem super helpful, saving this post for when I get home so I can do some shopping! Thanks for this xx

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Sarah! I hope this post helps you out 😀

  8. Hells yeah!! Treating yourself doesn’t need to be expensive. I’ll be trying out #8!

    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! Hope it helps 🙂

  9. I never realized it until I read this article, but I do have a specific mug that I use every night to drink tea out of before bed. Also, I really like tips 1 and 6. Journaling is a really good way to clear your mind, and keeping a clean and neat workspace does too.

    1. Hey, Nam! It really is the little things that make us feel more safe and at ease. Thanks for the comment!

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