Inexpensive self care ideas

March 16, 2015

Written By

Tabitha Dumas

Self care doesn’t have to mean a spa day or a weekend getaway for hundreds of dollars. In fact, self care can be as simple as taking a nap…or a nature walk! If you’re a woman who is a giver, you need to prioritize self care. Here are some

inexpensive self care ideas

you can use right away. Let the self care begin!

1. Create your own Woman Cave.

Your woman cave can be a corner reading nook or an entire craft room but the main thing is, it has to be a place where you can escape–even if it’s just with a book and a cup of tea.

Take over one kitchen cabinet or pull a chair into a corner. Transform your closet into an elegant dressing room. Pack a cart with your crafting supplies so you can whip up a card on a whim.

Need more ideas? Check out my Pinterest boards.

Self Care:: Woman Caves Pinterest board

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2. Create an at-home spa experience.

If you have a bathroom in your home, you can create an at-home spa.

Soak in an Epsom salts bath. Make a body scrub out of sugar and oil (2 TBL of each plus a few drops of vanilla or almond extract is a good configuration). Use an avocado hair mask or give yourself an egg white facial. Invigorate your skin by dry brushing. Save your loofah or favorite fluffy towel just for spa days. Play music and pour yourself a yummy drink–go all out!

There are so many things you can do to pamper yourself at home for CHEAP.

Here are more ideas:

 Self Care:: Spa At Home Pinterest board

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Inexpensive self care strategies from Create an in-home spa experience!

Create an in-home spa experience!

NEW! Vanilla mint sugar lip scrub!

Besides keeping a batch at home, I made these as Christmas gifts in 2021 using small pots from Amazon. Here’s the recipe, just double or quadruple for what you need.

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

I packaged them up in a treat bag with mints, tea and a lip balm–so cute! And this would be appreciated at any time of year.

Here’s where the recipe came from: Your Beauty Blog

3. Putter.

I defined and explained puttering here.

Puttering can mean rearranging your bookcase by color, replanting some flowers in your favorite cup and saucer or bringing in some branches from outside to add to your table. It can also mean wandering around your house sprucing up or decluttering.

It’s relaxing and slow-paced but also productive (great for those of us who find it hard to relax without “getting something done”).

I love to putter! I put some ideas on my Whole woman:: Puttering Pinterest board

Follow’s board Whole woman:: puttering on Pinterest.

Inexpensive self care ideas. I love puttering. This is my SPOT and I enjoy arranging it and making it pretty.

I love to rearrange the items on the table next to my favorite chair!

4. Get out.

Being outside to breathe, move your body and enjoy nature is a great way to practice self care.

Take a nature walk. Look for unusual rocks to pick up or a type of bird you’ve never seen before. Take your camera to zoom in on one flower petal. Pack a picnic and enjoy eating outdoors. Take in the sights and smells and savor the moment.

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One of my favorites escapes, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum just east of Phoenix in Superior, AZ.

5. Put together a “me time” box.

Let’s say you get an hour to yourself or even an entire day…what would you do??

A “me time” box means you’ll always have something to DO for those rare self care opportunities.

Add a magazine, a candle, bath tea, chocolates, manicure supplies…anything you can grab and use at a moment’s notice.

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If you need more self care ideas, visit my Self Care Pinterest board below!

Whole woman:: Self Care Pinterest board

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Are you good at self care…or are you like most of us and tend to take care of everyone else FIRST?

Let us know if you plan to try any of these ideas on the Facebook page.


Skip the spa! Inexpensive self care ideas you can use TODAY! From Tabitha Dumas, self care pro.



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