Need a little “me time” but don’t have a lot of “me money?” In tough economic times, a $100 massage or facial feels extravagant and it’s tough to justify such an expense when so many other things can’t fit in the budget. Luckily, there are some options for those who refuse to sacrifice their spa treatments. You just have to know where to look.
1. School Is In
Those massage therapists and estheticians at the pricey salons had to learn somewhere. You can book all kinds of spa services at a beauty school for a fraction of the cost. Students will perform the services, but they will be closely supervised by instructors. The only catch is that you will have to get your spa treatments a la carte. If you want a massage, you’ll have to go to a massage school. If you want a facial, you’ll have to go to an esthetician school, and so on. Also, student clinics are usually only offered a couple days a week and appointments tend to fill up early. If you want to take advantage of these amazing deals, you’ll have to plan ahead.
2. Look for Coupons
You may not think of coupons immediately when you think of spas, but in this economy, luxury services are also feeling the squeeze. If you sign up for a spa mailing list, often times coupons and specials will be sent or emailed to you. You can also find coupons in local newspapers and circulars. Many of the coupons are for two for one treatments. These can sometimes be split between friends so you and a pal can each get half off.
3. Think Destination Spas
If you were planning a vacation anyway, consider choosing a spa vacation package from an online discount travel agency. These packages often include airfare, accommodations and spa treatments. When you average out all of the costs, you could be getting the spa treatments for next to nothing. And you’ll get a great vacation to boot.
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