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Treat Yourself to the Spa Without Going Broke

5 ways to pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

Self-care. It’s a term you hear bandied about all the time. It usually involves some sort of relaxation ritual or taking extra time to make sure your own needs are met. What’s more relaxing than a day at the spa? Sure, that spa day sounds like the ultimate in self-care until you get your bill and suddenly your calm is shattered to bits. With spa treatments starting in the close-to-$100 range and going up from there, what’s a single girl on a budget to do?

Here are 5 spa-life hacks so you can get the pampering you need without having to take out a personal loan:

  1. Consider going to a beauty or massage school. How do you think the students at these schools get their practice hours in before they’re certified? They likely do plenty of practicing on each other, but they also need non-students to act as clients. You can Google “schools with spa services” or “student massages” to find schools in your area that offer spa services to the public. If you live in a large city there will be lots to choose from. If you live in a very small town you may be out of luck, but even smaller cities have them. They may have limited hours of operation and may not be as luxurious, but they actually may be, as some attempt to create a “real spa” atmosphere. The students have already received their education and some practice, and are supervised by instructors. Plus you’ll be helping them with their education. How deep are the discounts? I found facials as low as $30-40 and massages from $20-30! Don’t forget to leave a cash tip based on a regular fee for the service, if the school allows tips.
  2. Sign up for Groupon. Yep, they’re still going strong. It’s free, and you can set up your account so that you only receive deals on spa services. Under your email preferences, select your location and the “Beauty & Spa” category. The only thing you need to look out for is when the deal you want to purchase expires. Sometimes it’s quickly and you may not have time to use it, then you lose it, but you can find deep discounts to some nice spas.
  3. Go during off peak hours. Some areas have busy seasons when they’re loaded with vacationers and second-homers, and the price of everything goes up. Why not wait til the off season to hit the spa? There are also peak days and times, such as Saturdays and the after work hours. If you can go during the week you may be able to score yourself a deal. Look for deals just for locals, too. It never hurts to call a spa and ask.
  4. Get a package deal. Many spas offer a bundle of treatments that allow you savings over the a la carte prices. You may also be able to purchase a membership or a multiple of one service to be used over time, say 6 massages for the price of one, if you pay for them all upfront.
  5. Consider the perks. Even if you choose a full price service, you may be able to get more bang for your buck at the spa. Many spas have other things going for them, like a steam room, sauna, whirlpool, or relaxation area that you can use for the day when you’re there having a treatment. Bring a magazine or that new must-read novel and make a self-care day of it!
Leslie Kaz, coach for single women

I help single women get from where they are to where they want to be by overcoming their sadness and starting to live their best lives through mindset and lifestyle changes. Contact me to learn how it’s possible to live a single, blissful life.

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