Stress can cause serious havoc on your body by weakening your immune system and increasing your blood pressure. Relax. Massages are excellent stress-busters. Do your homework before booking a spa treatment. Many spas, feeling the pinch of the market downturn, are pitching specials. This summer, for example, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door spas offered 20 percent if you referred a friend to the spa or salon.
Just. This. Once. And it shouldn’t be an impulse buy, either. If you’ve been eyeing a special item for months — a new watch, that West Elm sectional — get it! When you actually factor the pricey purchase into your budget, you can make it work. There will be trade-offs. Perhaps that’s the month you cut back on eating out or take a rain check on seeing your favorite band in concert.