For lots of mamas, changes to pre-baby working arrangements and incomes can mean having to tighten the purse strings. But that doesn’t mean having to miss out entirely on your favourite me-time activities. Here are some ways to enjoy me-time for less. 

1. Pay a visit to your local library.  Far from being places with old and daggy collections my local library has some of my favourite magazines – Frankie, Simple Life, and all the usual fashion glossies. They also have great selection of DVDs, audio CD’s and books. 

2. Become acquainted with discount deals websites like Scoopon and Groupon. There are lots great deals to be found for massages and other beauty treatments at seriously low prices. I’ve reviewed a few massages I’ve bought recently using these websites in the me-time inspiration section of the blog. 

3. Search for your local beauty therapy/ alternative therapy schools. Years back when I lived in London, as a backpacker I went to the Loreal International Hairdressing Academy for my cuts – which were free for the first cut and then ridiculously affordable. There is a similar school – the Melbourne College of Hair and Beauty I went to for many years when I worked in the CBD. This school offer hairdressing services as well as various beauty therapies done by students under supervision. 

4. If meditation is something you would like to try, you don’t need to enrol in a course to practice. There are lots of free apps with guided meditations available for download (not all meditations are available without paying for an upgrade – but I use the basic versions). My favourites are Calm, Headspace and Giant Mind. Another app called Mind the Bump especially designed for pregnancy and new families. 

5. Keep a look out for free local community events. I’m always discovering events run by small businesses or in conjunction with the government which are free. For example  the Gold Coast city council have a whole program of free/ low cost activities like yoga

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