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Non-Food Ideas for Rewarding Yourself

What's Your Advice For Reward Ideas?

User 183days asked a question recently in the Dieters Support Group that I know you guys will have some great suggestions for. Here is the question:

"I'm trying to think of non-food ways to reward myself. In the past I'd get some chocolate, or ice cream, or some other sweet treat. Besides kinda defeating the point, it's not the healthiest attitude to view food as a reward, I think."

So help a fellow user out — what are your ideas for cheap, easy, non-food rewards? Share all your ideas in the comments section below.


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thcc thcc 9 years
Usually, if I really want to reward myself while spending as little money as possible - I'd go to H&M's jewelry section
almostloli almostloli 9 years
easy.. a new pair of shoes, new clothes (especially when you're losing weight) or if you're low on budget, try something like.. movies, more me-time treatments that are not that expensive
gruviechik gruviechik 9 years
I sometimes reward myself with quiet time. Literally blocking out a few hours here or there to relax and rest. No phones, no tv, maybe just music and a foot soak.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
New workout clothes! I love having new workout clothes, and Target has all the technical fabrics and adorable designs for not-expensive.
jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
so i've been gradually weening myself off food rewards but i'm totally overspending.... i guess thats where the whole "moderation" idea comes in.
Vsugar Vsugar 9 years
Yeah, the iTunes thing and the money jar thing are great. I was going to say shoes, and then realized that i can't really afford new shoes either. But I like the idea of iTunes self-giving.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
Shoes! I have lost 132 lbs over the last year rewarded myself with a new pair after every 10-15 lbs. My closet is getting full but I have never felt better.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I love ditorres' suggestion of putting the money into an account that you can use for something really special. Just promise yourself that you'll spend it on you.
dangergirlnga dangergirlnga 9 years
I love the iTunes idea -- new music goes a long way to motivating -- & it's great for people on a budget. Also, the self-pampering is great, but if your nails don't need anymore polishing, raid your pantry & fridge. For the cost of that cheap, unhealthy snack, you can make yourself indulgent facial treatments, like the ones on That way, when you hit goals, you're also beaming & gleaming, 'cause you put the rich foods on your face, instead of in it!
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
Shoes, Cosmetics, clothes, spa day , hair cut, , the list goes , on and on.
Agymgirl55 Agymgirl55 9 years
cute work out clothes! A massage, a facial, mani/pedi, anything that makes you feel good!
SabreBabeSarah SabreBabeSarah 9 years
I save a few dollars or so after everytime I workout, I know it's not an instant reward, but Im saving to buy a new car & clothes. Watching my savings account grow is a reward for me!!
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
Movie tickets! Cheaper than shoes, and a great way to sit back reward yourself. OR you could always get a manicure from a nail salon. Those are like $20.
lmchof lmchof 9 years
I love the idea of buying a new song from iTunes to work into your playlist. Another inexpensive idea is picking out a new nail polish color and giving yourself a manicure as a treat. You could even give yourself a spa afternoon by doing a deep conditioning treatment and facial mask.
sensei sensei 9 years
Awesome ideas everyone! It's so important to recognize yourself for all that hard work. I think it's great to reward yourself with items that make healthy cooking easier like a great cook book, a Misto (an olive oil sprayer) or a nice non-stick skillet. I've also always been a fan of buying yourself flowers. There's nothing I love more than a colorful boquet of fresh flowers to look at! -Lauren
183days 183days 9 years
Thanks so much Fitsugar for posting this! You guys have great ideas. I'm a poor college student too so I can't constantly be buying things, which is why I think I initially gravitated towards the cheap food (clearly not the only reason). I LOVE Worldtrekker's and rubiesymusica's ideas! I always want new music to work out to and the money jar idea is perfect to both save up for a great reward (like a massage) and reinforce that I'm not only harming my health by eating bad snacks all the time, but its harming my already skinny wallet too. Thanks again so much!
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
Magazines or a new DVD! And some food rewards, are, I think, OK. My reward this week is going to be's certainly healthier than ice cream but I don't have it very often so I am looking forward to it. :)
total total 9 years
Worldtrekker... the money jar idea is the best I've heard in a long time! It's so simple, but it seems effective. (I have a convenience store in my building and it's far too easy to run down for a chocolate bar or other junk)
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 9 years
now to motivate myself on the treadmill i buy a song from itunes. when i have a cd's worth of song's i up the reward from daily to weekly: a dvd rental, a makeup item. i know the biggest thing would be a piece of clothing (especially motivational to have proof your diet or exercise plan is working!)or handbag. but i like the ideas of a gift account and the stickers!!! very cool.
MUBlonde125 MUBlonde125 9 years
Does anyone have any non-food, inexpensive reward ideas? I'm a college student who is always scraping by for cash, and I'm all too familiar with going for the cheap junk food reward. I'm really hoping for some healthier inexpensive ideas. Thanks!
sara79 sara79 9 years
I made up multiple rewards to loose 15 pounds this fall. I rewarded myself with something every 3-5 pounds. For little rewards: --lipstick --good-smelling lotion or shampoo --going to a movie --a day/weekend off the diet! I had a big reward picked out for meeting my goal--some nice winter boots. I met my goal about a week before it snowed, so I had good timing!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
New shoes for sure!
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
For day-to-day rewards, I put stickers in my planner for days I worked out. I know it sounds completely cheesy, but it gives me a sense of accomplishment to see the all the sticker days add up.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
If your goal is losing weight, reward is new clothes. If the goal is exercising and being more fit, then massage or new gadget to work out with. I try to reward specific to the activity then I am more likely to see the result of my hard work!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Some cute panties. Something small, sexy, and flirty for losing weight, and having a nice butt. :)
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