Money issues are impacting a lot of people nowadays. We’re stepping into a post-pandemic world dealing with inflation, supply chain issues, and fewer jobs paying living wages. Unfortunately, that has caused many people to create strict budgets for themselves to stay on track.
When money issues hit, the first things to move down the list of priorities are usually self-care practices and personal style purchases. You might get rid of your gym membership or cut clothing costs from your budget.
While there’s nothing wrong with making those changes and prioritizing other things, being on a budget doesn’t automatically mean you need to give up everything. You can still feel like yourself and do the things that boost your well-being, even on a budget.
Let’s explore some of the steps you can take to keep up with your lifestyle, even when financial burdens hit. Being able to express yourself, practice self-care, and live your life to the fullest can make dealing with financial hardships a bit easier.
Making the Most of Fashion
Whether you consider yourself something of a fashionista, or you just like to wear nice clothes, you might not be able to afford things “off the rack” at the moment. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to look your best no matter what you’re wearing.
First, consider taking a look at your current wardrobe and deciding how to revamp it. Maybe you have some pieces you haven’t worn in a while due to tears or stains. Take the time to learn how to remove common stains, from coffee to wine, and something you haven’t worn in a while can look brand new. If an article of clothing can’t be fully cleaned or repaired, think about how it can be reused. Maybe you have an old pair of jeans that can be turned into shorts, or a shirt that can be used as a crop top. You could end up having “new” pieces in your wardrobe with just a bit of creativity.
You might also consider selling some of your old clothes if they’re in good condition. It’s a great way to get a bit of extra cash that can offset the cost of new items.
Finally, don’t give into “fast fashion” just because it’s cheaper. There are several issues with this type of clothing manufacturing, including:
- It increases textile waste
- It boosts carbon emissions
- The clothing is “cheap” and is easily destroyed
- You’ll end up spending more by having to buy pieces more frequently
Fast fashion is also an industry that is notorious for having a lack of worker and safety rights, and it’s destroying small businesses that can’t keep up with mass production. You’re better off investing in high-quality clothes that will last for years, rather than going on an inexpensive fast fashion shopping spree.
Staying Healthy at Home
The average gym membership can cost hundreds of dollars each year, and it’s often one of the first things to “go” when you’re trying to cut things from your budget. Thankfully, you can save that money and still stay fit with a few habitual changes and a commitment to your health.
Working out at home is easier than ever. Many people discovered that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as gyms across the country closed for a while and fitness buffs had to find ways to stick to their exercise regimens.
There are plenty of ways to stay fit without having to go to a gym. Consider building a home gym if you have the space and equipment, or simply rearrange some furniture in your living room each time you want to work out, and follow a simple online exercise video (there are thousands out there!).
If you don’t want to work out at home, consider an outdoor activity like hiking, running, or cycling. Cycling is a fantastic way to burn fat, lose weight, and build stamina. Plus, you’ll enjoy the added mental health benefits of being outside, and you can choose to make your outdoor fitness activities more social by exercising with family members or friends. Getting other people involved is a great way to stay on track and make sure you’re being held accountable when it comes to working out.
Practicing DIY Skincare Routines
There’s no denying that many of today’s popular skincare products come with a high price tag. You might consider some skincare items to be necessities, but chances are, you can experience similar results by creating your own concoctions and DIYing your routine instead of splurging on expensive store-bought products.
Getting smooth skin naturally is easier than you might think. Make sure to include the following tips in your routine to optimize the health of your skin as part of your routine:
- Stay hydrated
- Exfoliate regularly
- Use moisturizing ingredients
- Apply sunscreen
It’s also a good idea to educate yourself on the best ingredients for skin health before you start looking for DIY skincare recipes. Things like aloe vera, tea tree oil, green tea, and shea butter are all great options that can be used on their own or mixed with other ingredients to create customized products that will leave your skin smooth, soft, and glowing.
As you can see, you don’t have to give up your lifestyle or things you’re familiar with just because you’re on a budget. By changing a few habits and making a few swaps, you can keep up with the things that make you happy and comfortable, and save money while doing it.