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Reward Yourself Without Spending a Lot


When you’ve accomplished a goal or mini-goal, you should celebrate and reward yourself (see Motivation Hack #11). However, if you do this often enough, and your rewards cost a lot, you’ll soon go broke.

J.D. at Get Rich Slowly recently posted that sometimes it’s OK to splurge, a cool statement coming from someone who promotes frugality. And I agree with him completely, but I thought it would be interesting to post a list of some ideas of cheap or free rewards.

Some ideas:

  1. buy books from a used bookstore
  2. make chocolate chip cookies (easy and delicious!)
  3. dip berries in chocolate
  4. take a day off, watch dvds
  5. ask your SO for a massage
  6. or erotic favors
  7. take a bubble bath
  8. blend a smoothie
  9. download a couple songs
  10. spend time with a loved one
  11. get your favorite take out
  12. give yourself some quiet time with a book or music
  13. take a day off from any goal activities
  14. take a nap
  15. watch your favorite TV show
  16. do something you love
  17. window shopping (can be dangerous!)
  18. go to the beach
  19. go to a museum
  20. have a cup of tea
  21. have a glass of wine with dinner

Be creative! I’m sure you can think of a lot of other free things that will give you pleasure. You deserve it!

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