Is one of your New Year resolutions to get your money situation under control? You're not alone. One of the fastest way to sink a budget is draining it of joy.
When you're on a budget, or just trying to develop better money habits, it's easy to feel like you're missing out on life's luxuries. Just because you're tightening your wallet doesn't mean you have to completely cut out everything, though.
Consider one of the following to add a little pizzazz to your daily routine.
Make every day feel like a spa day by adding bath bombs, nail polish and pumice stones, scented candles, new lotions, etc. to your bathroom closet. You can (and should!) still splurge on professional services every once in a while, but this way, you can save money by making your trips less frequent.
Likewise, you can save money and feel like a pro with an aerated shower head. You can adjust the pressure to your preference and avoid wasting water -- a positive for your energy bill AND your water bill.
Try a random act of kindness. Donate $1 to a cause, pick up coffee for the person behind you in line, leave a large tip. There are many ways to make someone else's day that don't require a large donation. The cost is small, but the reward is priceless.
Have a "thing" you always do or have around to keep you sane. Love expensive candles? Enjoy ice cream? Have an affinity for lattes? Don't cut it out of your budget. You can only cut back so much until you go crazy and splurge. Remember to keep the things that bring you joy in your life and take the time to truly appreciate them.
Clean and eliminate the clutter from your life. We all have clothes, photos, artifacts from our childhood, and so much more taking up valuable space in our lives. How do you feel when you look at how much space these items take in your home? You probably don't feel good. Get rid of things that don't make you happy, and you'll be amazed how much better you feel.
Think about the things you enjoy and how you can turn those into something you can try on your own. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel, and how much nicer your savings account looks.