You know when you’re getting out of debt, and everything beyond food and shelter gets nixed?
It’s extreme, to say the least, but holy cow is it effective. There’s just one problem. You start cutting everything, and it gets exasperating.
All of a sudden, you’re changing everything. You’re brown bagging lunch, you’ve cut out movies, plays, and concerts, and you start seeing results. You start making coffee every day, bringing it in a commuter cup, and putting your latte fund toward your debt.
Suddenly, you’re living a life free of indulgences of any sort. And, you know what? It’s stressful and hard. Becoming debt free will absolutely reduce your stress in the long run. But deprivation of every kind of treat? Will definitely increase your stress in the short run.
When you’re working oh-so-hard to dig yourself out, you really, truly need a treat now and then. There will be times where you need to tell yourself, “Hey, self? You didn’t give up!” and those times are worth celebrating.
Here are five ways to treat yourself for $5, or less!