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Great 'MoneySaving ways to de-stress' Hunt

edited 21 June 2011 at 7:02PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 21 June 2011 at 7:02PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Great 'MoneySaving ways to de-stress' Hunt

Sometimes we need a break from the toils of life, but a good pampering doesn't always come cheap, so we want some MoneySavers' tips on how to de-stress on a budget.



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  • edited 23 June 2011 at 11:23AM
    bylromarhabylromarha Forumite
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    edited 23 June 2011 at 11:23AM
    Find your local college.

    Beauty dept: I had a 1 hour reflexology massage last week for £2.50. All through this year I've been having pedicures, manicures, facials - all 1 hour treatments, all under £7 each.

    Hair: cut overseen by a tutor - exactly what I wanted for £5, but took longer than normal

    Catering: 3 course meal for 2 £12.

    TBH, it actually costs me more money knowing about it as the treats are so cheap I go more often than I should :D
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  • julie777julie777 Forumite
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    We like to go to a nearby river spot which is popular with dog-walkers and mum's and they entertain us for hours with their paddling and stick-throwing/swimming games. If there's no-one around we can just stare at the scenery or explore along the path looking for plants and birds. We are lucky here but I'm sure most people have a little bit of peaceful beauty near to their home if they just look for it. It's such a tonic!
  • edited 23 June 2011 at 11:24AM
    minerva_windsongminerva_windsong Forumite
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    edited 23 June 2011 at 11:24AM
    Book from the charity shop or a magazine (quite often discounted to £1 for weeklies or £2 for glossies - if you can get one with a beauty freebie like nail polish or a face mask or body wash even better), nice hot bath (Boots and Superdrug have nice cheap bath products in their own brand ranges, or try Original Source which is normally a couple of quid) and a big cup of tea. Job done.
    "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister
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  • PeePee Forumite
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    My favourite destress is a good book. Either from the supermarket or the charity shop. About twelve hours of pleasure for less than £3.50. Also, if you have friends who enjoy similiar books we all swop them around, which also saves me being like a squirel and storing them! I was very stressed due to different things at work etc and reading a silly girlie thriller really took my mind off it, making me feel better and then deal with things better.
  • BlondeHeadOnBlondeHeadOn Forumite
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    Good book for me too - but what about getting them totally free from your local library? I am a huge library fan, have always read lots and it would bankcrupt me if I didn't use the local library.

    Best of all, at my local library I can get out 12 books at a time - 12 books! That means that I can pick up books that I am not sure about but want to try, as I have all the other books to read too if the experimental one doesn't work for me.

    Also our local library now has an online renewal service so that I can renew the books if I don't want to take them back after 4 weeks, and also sends email reminders a couple of days before the books are due how good is that!

    And... libraries also do music and films etc. as well, so well worth a visit.

    Luxury!!!
  • UnluckyTUnluckyT Forumite
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    going for a walk, esp as im lucky to have some parks and niceish scenery/green chain walks.
    thermos of tea, bite to eat or a book and i can loose time and chill for a bit whislt enjoying fresh air, scenery esp when weather good?
    if not a bit of gardening, a soak in the bath with the radio, or even having the radio blaring singing along to it whilst doing a bit of hoovering occasionally works.
    mainly loosing myself in a good book from the local library?
  • MaatMaat Forumite
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    Local art galleries and museums are usually free and often have events going on throughout the year, as well as changing exhibitions. It's worth checking their websites or the leaflets in your local library.

    My local council website has events listings for the borough too for relaxing and fun days out.

    I've had concerts in the marketplace, a medieval market, a singing lesson, a car rally and a camera obscura session all for free in the past year, as well as special exhibitions in both my local museum and the art gallery.

    I know these things aren't strictly pampering but they are de-stressing as they're interesting and/or fun, giving your mind a break.
  • TigsteroonieTigsteroonie Forumite
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    Go for a walk in the woods (Forestry Commission) :)
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  • BronnieBronnie Forumite
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    Ooh I feel guilty, having read all these wholesome suggestions, because my first thought, when I saw the question, was sex :o:D
  • yummymommyyummymommy Forumite
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    bylromarha wrote: »
    Find your local college.

    Beauty dept: I had a 1 hour reflexology massage last week for £2.50. All through this year I've been having pedicures, manicures, facials - all 1 hour treatments, all under £7 each.

    Hair: cut overseen by a tutor - exactly what I wanted for £5, but took longer than normal

    Catering: 3 course meal for 2 £12.

    TBH, it actually costs me more money knowing about it as the treats are so cheap I go more often than I should :D

    What a brilliant idea. I'm on to it now !!! :T
    The past is over & done & cannot be changed. This is the only moment we can experience - Louise Hay
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