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6 ways to treat yourself without spending a penny

Busy, busy, busy. We all lead busy lives and we’re just running to keep up. But taking some time out and actually treating yourself is just as important as hitting those deadlines, just as important as running all those errands, doing the housework, committing to all the social plans that seemed like a good idea at the time…But being a parent or someone living on a budget means that we can’t all head to a weekend spa retreat or spoil ourselves with the latest designer handbag or incredible eye cream.

So, how is it possible to treat yourself if you don’t have the money? Well, sit back, relax and let me tell you about 6 ways you can treat yourself without spending a penny!



Pretty sure you’ll have some flour, eggs and sugar in the cupboard. If so, baking yourself something decadent and have it all to yourself. Bonus if you have chocolate chips, leftover sweets, peanut butter and some vanilla extract. Filling the house with the gorgeous sent of sweet baking, adding your favourite ingredients to a gorgeous new baking creation you’ve just made up – how exciting and wonderfully delicious.


It doesn’t have to be the best selling novel…just grab a pen and a notebook and write something. It could be your feelings, your wishes, hopes and dreams. You could even have a go at poetry! There are no limitations here, and you’d don’t have to show it to anyone if you don’t want to.



Exercise is really good for you. Not just in a physical sense but also for your mental health. It relieves stress and gives you chance to think and work things out. It’s ok if you don’t’ feel like it right now, but exercise for an hour, twenty or thirty minutes and you will feel so, so good afterwards. That’s a promise. If going to the gym or heading outdoors for a run isn’t your thing, then check out some workout videos on YouTube.


If you’ve got a bathtub at home, then what are you waiting for? Get it filled up with your favourite bubble bath, bath oil or bath bomb and soak all those troubles away. Light some candles, have a glass of wine and read a book and you’ve just turned it up to eleven.


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By this we mean technology. We’re all glued to our phones; and considering most of our lives are on these devices, it’s easy to understand why. Disconnecting from technology for a little while will not only give your mind a break but also allows you to step away from fake images, depressing news and that irritating person from school that you still follow even though you’ve never said hello to them in real life…take a break.


The kids are at school, how about trying one of their video games? Download a new app, or try something old school and do a crossword puzzle or sudoku? It’ll feel good to get your brain working!


  • Helen

    November 12 at 12:33 pm

    I really need to disconnect from technology more often! I really like the idea of spending nothing, but still treating yourself 🙂

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 12 at 12:37 pm

      Technology is just so convenient though, isn’t it? I definitely notice the difference when I take time away from it 🙂

  • motherhoodtherealdeal

    November 12 at 1:39 pm

    I have to say I am not the world’s greatest baker but when I do have some time to myself I do love to spend it baking – it does feel like a treat!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 12 at 7:59 pm

      Me too, I love baking and used to do loads of it but then I had to eat it all and you can imagine how that went 😉 x

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    November 13 at 7:29 am

    Who knew you could treat yourself on such a shoe string budget! Definitely baking is a favourite of ours. Even when it’s a joint effort with the little one it’s so much fun and a reminder to chill out. X

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 13 at 11:15 am

      I have such fond memories of baking with my Mum when I was little and I love that I now get to do it with my children. My daughter now bakes cakes for me all by herself which is lovely too x

  • Pati Robins

    November 13 at 10:41 am

    those are really good ideas we also love park days and in summer beach days as well

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 13 at 11:13 am

      Days hanging in the park are the best 🙂

  • Wendy

    November 14 at 8:39 am

    Such simple things but it can be all too easy to think we can only treat ourselves if it involves spending money. I love having baths, it’s my ultimate way to relax xx

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 14 at 1:15 pm

      Exactly that Wendy, so many people place value on spending money but there are so many other options xx

  • Anosa

    November 14 at 2:56 pm

    I need to start disconnecting more often as I can feel the start of the burnout. Love your tips

    1. IamMummyMatters

      November 15 at 11:07 am

      You just know when you need that break don’t you, do it. You will feel so much better for it x

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