Moms are notorious for putting everyone else before themselves.
I will flip through a Good Housekeeping magazine at the doctor’s office, scan an article about the importance of taking time for yourself, agree whole heartedly, and plan to treat myself to a nice soak in the bathtub after the kids are in bed. Then I get home, life happens and I take a twelve minute shower because “there’s just so much to do.”
I seriously admire women that have nice nails.
I looked down at my fingernails a few days ago and thought about how badly they needed to be trimmed. Then I had this thought, “I don’t have two minutes to sit down and clip my fingernails.”
So this post is as much for me as for you.
I know that I need to take some time for me.
It’s good for me to be a healthier mom which in turn is good for my family.
I’ve written before about modeling the behavior I want for my daughters to emulate. And self care is there. I want to teach them that they are worth the two minutes it takes to clip their fingernails and so much more.
So I’m going to ease into the splurges by starting with free ones.
Because if it costs time AND money, woah.
I will definitely talk myself out of whatever it is using some sort of martyr like excuse. “That manicure money would buy a really nice pair of tennis shoes from China for Dax.”
Side note: I’ve actually ordered these shoes for my son and they lasted for the entire six months that they fit him, and he loved them. I’m calling that a win.
So without further ado, here are five free mom splurges.
1. Take a detox bath
There’s tons of articles about how good detox baths are for you. And while I think that’s absolutely awesome, my favorite part of a detox bath is the hot water.
I love hot water.
A scalding hot shower almost always puts me in a good mood (even if it is only twelve minutes!).
To take a detox bath, you really only need one ingredient – Epsom Salt. This is something we keep on hand anyways because my husband has to soak his feet a couple times a week.
You can add other ingredients like essential oils and baking soda. Each of those have their own unique benefits.
The whole point is to add all this stuff to a scalding hot bath and let your body detoxify from all the toxins you encounter during the day.
And not only is that good for your body, it’s also good for your mind.
If you can sit in a calm, quiet bath and use that time to pray and thank God for all the blessings in your life, how great will you feel when you get out??
I know I’d feel amazing!
Or if you’re already all prayed up, read a book, watch a Netflix show, flip through a magazine, or just savor the silence.
2. Amazon Boxes
If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, you are missing out.
For about $8 a month, you have access to some pretty awesome benefits including free two day shipping, Prime video streaming, Kindle lending library, and Prime photo storage.
Click here to sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime!
But here’s a cool feature that comes with Amazon Prime that you may not have heard of – Amazon Sample Boxes.
The way these work is that you order a sample box and pay for it, and then Amazon credits your account for the amount of the box.
So basically, you get a box of goodies for free!
The sample box options they have are constantly changing and range from luxury beauty products to fancy snacks to dog treats to men’s grooming products to sports nutrition.
But you should totally get one JUST FOR YOU.
3. Time for Reading
When doing research for her book The Fringe Hours, Jessica Turner surveyed hundreds of women.
She asked a simple question, “What would you do if you had more hours in the day?”
The overwhelming response was that women would like to read more.
I know this is true for me. I love reading, but I rarely take the time to do it anymore. I used to read several books a month and now I just don’t.
I have a whole list of books I’d like to read someday, but that day never seems to come. So I’m committing to getting back to reading. There are lots of ways to get free books, so I can’t use the cost as an excuse. Here are a few of my favorites.
To read more about five ways to read books for free, be sure to check out our post, five places to get books for free.
So right now, one of the biggest mom splurges I could give myself is to simply take time to read.
There are lots of little moments throughout the day that I could use to read for pleasure: before the kid’s wake up, during our afternoon quiet time, or in bed each night.
To make this happen, I simply have to do it.
I have to stop telling myself that cleaning or laundry or whatever is more important, and then sit down and read.
4. Use Your Rewards on YOU
And for me, I use the rewards to do things like have a totally free Christmas.
But what if we used just some of those rewards for ourselves???
We would feel awesome!
Our husbands wouldn’t reprimand us (mine wouldn’t even notice!).
Our kids wouldn’t be deprived.
But we would feel great knowing that shopping spree on Amazon to buy some of that cool stuff you always want but never buy was totally FREE!!
5. Trade in Your Clothes
Bite the bullet and clean out your closet.
Do it hardcore KonMarie style and get rid of every single piece of clothing and accessory that you don’t love.
If you use my referral links above, we both get $10 to spend!
Set your payment option as a store credit so that you get more money back for your clothes, and then spend ALL of the money treating yourself to new clothes.
It may be tempting to get clothing for your kids.
Resist the urge.
It’s great to be a good steward of your finances.
It’s also great to be a self sacrificing mom and wife.
It’s not great to give so much of yourself that you feel completely drained all the time.
Find some ways to work some self care into your routine.
You will feel more energized and better equipped to care for your family if you take some time to care for yourself with these free mom splurges.
You’re worth it.
Your whole family agrees.
We’d love to hear about the free mom splurges that you’ve found! Tell us in the comments!
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