File this under how to save money if indulging. For most of us, getting massage and spa treatments are a rare indulgence. But, with the holidays coming up, or for any time of the year when you need a “tune up,” they are almost a must for the body, mind, and soul. So, how do you save money on these little luxuries? You actually have a few options, some familiar from the concepts I have discussed, some a little off the beaten path.
Save money by using discount gift cards
A common theme that I discuss on how to save money on literally just about everything, is using discount gift cards. My stand-by favorite website for finding discounted gift cards, Gift Card Granny, lists a few optons, with multiple denominations, for spa services. For example, you can buy discounted gift cards for Spa Week, Spa Wish and Spa Finder. These sites act like “shopping portals” for spa services. Just look for the service/location that is best for you. In the past, I have seen discounts of around 15-20% (or more if you want to try your luck on eBay) off these cards. As I say frequently, if you ARE going to spend the money anyway, you might as well get something for it in return. In this case, a discount.
Off the beaten path
Let’s say you don’t want to bother with buying discounted gift cards that you might forget to use. No problem. Here’s another tip. See if your health care provider offers discounted massage therapy and other alternative treatments. The last thing you probably want to do at the end of the day is visit your health care provider’s website, but it could definitely pay. In addition to other discounts to gym and fitness programs, they also might offer you access to a pre-approved list of massage therapy providers that you can hire at a discount. There’s an incentive to the health care company to keep you healthy, even if it is unconventional.
Daily Deal sites have become a bit passe as of late, Groupon’s recent lay off of thousands of employees and LivingSocial’s delayed Initial Public Offering are a few examples of this somewhat floundering concept. But, if you read the fine print, know you are going to use the deal, and plan carefully, discounted massages and other spa treatments are an almost daily offering. Check it out.
If you are planning to travel this holiday season and are staying at a hotel, you might want to check the various “rate packages” that are offered. For example, they might have a spa package or hotel credit package rate on offer. The nightly rate might be higher than another you can obtain, but if you check that vs. paying for a spa treatment at full price, there might be a discount to be had there, too.
You can do this!
Indulging is almost a necessity on on occasion, but it doesn’t have to completely blow your wallet and budget at the same time. A little research, some planning, and flexibility might just get you an otherwise out of the question health treatment.