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11-08-2006, 04:03 PM
So I'm trying to figure out ways to reward myself when I do well that DON'T involve food at all.

The problem is, I'm broke. I'm a college student and I really have NO money. People have suggested things like manicures, or a "spa day" or something - but that costs money! Money I don't have.

And as far as buying myself things, same problem. Can't afford much of anything beyond the necessities right now.

So does anyone have any ideas about things that could be a "reward" without costing much?

11-08-2006, 04:07 PM
How about a "break" Day.

take a day off of everything, no homework, nothing. Go for a nice long walk, go to the game room. (My dinky college has a great game room so I'm sure most colleges do.) Grab a friend and chill. Just spend the day doing whatever you want to do, no worries bout the diet or working out. Just a stress free slightly lazy day.

11-08-2006, 04:12 PM
Sounds cool...and I like the idea...I'm just not sure I can convince my restless and constantly-worrying mind to shut up about everything long enough to do that. But it will go on my list of possible rewards; thanks!

11-08-2006, 04:23 PM
Tape episodes of your favorite shows and on reward day take the day off and spend all day being a bum watching them.

Or for every pound you lose you can get a treat at the dollar store. Our dollar tree is AWESOME so I like this system.

11-08-2006, 04:29 PM
Ooh, I like that idea, with the TV shows. I'm a massive Stargate addict and have several seasons on DVD...I can see taking a day off and just watching Stargate to keep my mind off of worrying things. Heh. Methinks that's my reward now.

11-08-2006, 04:30 PM
I'm liking these ideas!!! I like the dollar tree idea. There are dollar stores all OVER the place here in NJ and especially by me so I could totally see myself "splurging" for every pound.

You know, maybe I should throw a dollar in for ever pound I lose? Then at the end of 10 lbs or something, I can get myself a non-food present. Or for those of us that need alternatives to money, how about you write a bunch of fun (free) things to do as potential rewards, throw them in a basket/jar and pick one out when it's time to think of something?

11-08-2006, 07:49 PM
Is there a special place you like to go? A favorite book? I am broke too, not because of college, but kids and a hubby :) My last treat day my sister cut my hair (a retired cosmetologist), my next treat day Dec. 14th I am going to the mall with either my sister or my good friend and trying on lots of clothes and not buying a single one. (But I will have the satisfaction of seeing what size I am in, and seeing how I look in new stylish clothes) My third treat day falls on Valentines day so I am asking grandma to watch the kids overnight so DH and I can watch movies, maybe have a drink, but most of all just be together, the 2 of us. That is what I have planned so far. (I planned my treat days for number of months I have stuck with it rather than pounds lost.)

11-08-2006, 07:56 PM
There are some great suggestions here! The treat I planned for myself when I lose my weight is to get another tattoo, but I know they cost money. The one suggestion I really liked here was to save up TV shows on tape to watch on one special "day off".

11-08-2006, 08:06 PM
I like going to the library and stocking up on good books, then giving myself a free afternoon to just and read with a pot of tea. Our library here has great DVDs, too, so you could give yourself a movie night for free.

11-08-2006, 08:11 PM
Almost nothing is as good as a good book in a hot sudzy tub!

I had more ideas ... I love dollar stores too! Nail polish, a hair clip, a cute little notebook for recording food or exercise, a new bangle. I honestly shop in second hand stores. Who wouldn't adore a form fitting blouse that cost 2 bucks!

11-08-2006, 08:51 PM
Two hours of something relaxing/free. Do you have an art museum or classical concerts at your campus? They are probably either free or very low cost to students.

A fat-free latte at a cafe with a nice view.

A drop-in yoga class at a gym--maybe you can get a day pass.

11-08-2006, 09:49 PM
I like the idea of going to stores and trying on clothes all day. I love doing this. It makes me feel great to see myself fitting into small clothes that look great on me. Plus, I go home and tell my mom or husband about such and such outfit that looked amazing on me (usually my mom goes with me, though) and one of them goes and buys it for me. haha

Another idea is going to the beach and relaxing on the sand. I absolutely LOVE being in the cold air with a warm blanket (or hubby!).

11-08-2006, 11:12 PM
Maybe you can try this...I keep a jar that I dump change in every day, whether its a handful or a penny. I save the jar and have a firm, "no snitching" rule and I only open it when i reach a goal. Maybe do this, and at 10lb see what you can get with the change thats in it. :)

11-08-2006, 11:29 PM
What about the free makeup applications you can get at the department store counters?

I like the idea of going and trying on clothes. I normally don't like shopping, but that would be a reward to see all of your hard work in action, plus it would motivate you for further losses.

I know this costs money ... but right now I am so overweight I cannot buy rings in regular sizes. The ring that used to fall off of my largest finger now cannot even fit on my baby finger! So, when I lose enough weight I am going to splurge and buy a really nice ring.

11-08-2006, 11:30 PM
Can you treat yourself to a matinee at a movie theater?

11-08-2006, 11:31 PM
Oh, I just thought .... what about going to a school of makeup art or a cosmetology school? The prices there are really really cheap, even for a college student. (haircut about six dollars, parafin wax about two dollars, etc). Plus, you would be helping out another student :)

11-09-2006, 03:12 AM
So many wonderful ideas! While I'd have a terribly hard time trying on clothes without buying something I couldn't afford, I like the idea of the makeup counters. There's a Macy's at the closest mall, and they have a MAC counter...which is my favorite brand...I wonder if we HAVE a cosmetology school around here? I'm not sure, I'm inclined to think we don't. But maybe in San Jose.

*rummages through loose change* I might do that. Except for my rolls of quarters; those go for laundry. I wonder how much I'd save up? Probably not a lot, since I don't carry cash. But then again, it depends on how long it takes me to make 10 lbs, dunnit? ;)

Thanks you guys! I will keep all these in mind. :)