I want to spend $5ish every few days on a reasonable facsimile of happiness
September 5, 2012 6:38 AM Subscribe
What small indulgences can I get for myself instead of snacks?
posted by 168 to grab bag (36 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not the biggest snack-buyer (think a few times per week, not daily), but I'd like to cut it down even further.
Knowing me, the best way to do that would be to buy myself some other immediate small indulgence instead, whenever I get the urge to buy a cupcake or mocha or whatever. I'd find it way easier to replace one indulgence with another than to just stop going for small indulgences entirely!
Problem is, I'm having trouble thinking of non-food small indulgences that I can get for myself frequently, at reasonably low cost, and with little or no lag.
(I love books, art/craft supplies, puzzles, that sort of thing. I don't think ordering stuff on the internet would feel immediate enough. The one idea I've had so far is making tiny donations to charity - would charities find it annoying to get a bunch of little $5 donations, though? (I donate in big chunks, too, but this is a specific kind of behavior modification I'm trying to do to myself that requires small, relatively frequent indulgences.))
I need small indulgence suggestions, please! When I feel the urge to get a snack, what should I get for myself instead that will give me an immediate small boost of happiness?