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Reward Yourself for Your Labor

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Summer is almost over, which means that Labor Day is right around the corner.  Labor Day is not only a day off of work or school – it’s a day to Reward Yourself for Your Laborscelebrate our hard work and economic achievements. 

Most people celebrate by having a family picnic, but rarely does anyone really reward themselves on this day.

This year – along with the picnic – let’s treat ourselves for all of our hard work and money saving tactics.  

Here are some ways to reward yourself:

  • Do Something You Love:  Too often, we become too busy to remember ourselves and our needs.  This Labor Day, do something you love.  Go to the salon, take a nap, have a movie marathon, eat a tub of ice cream, go dancing, etc.  As long as you love it, no matter what it is (as long as it’s safe and legal), you should do it to show yourself you still care. 
  • Go Out To Dinner:  One of the ways people save money is by staying home for dinner and skipping the take-out menu.  This Labor Day, go out for dinner and treat yourself to a nice evening.  Go somewhere you love and don’t get to go to that often.  Keep a tab on your spending, but still enjoy yourself – it’s possible.  It’s nice to go out to dinner and treat yourself every once in a while and Labor Day is the perfect excuse!  Oh, and don’t forget desert! 
  • Buy Yourself a Gift:  This Labor Day reward yourself with a gift.  Buy a new pair of shoes or that amazing new handbag you’ve been wanting.  Buying yourself a present is a great way to show yourself that you care -- I promise you will be very happy you did.  If you’re not in to buying yourself presents, consider buying someone you love a gift. Sometimes giving to others is more rewarding.        
  • Spend The Day with Friends and Family:  Labor Day is a great day for picnics, which is a perfect way to catch-up with friends and family that you don’t get to see that often.  Invite the gang over for a picnic this holiday and enjoy some downtime and great company.
  • Take it Easy at Work:  If you’re a workaholic, take it easy this Labor Day week.  During the first week of September, try to leave work on- time and make it home to see the family or meet up with friends for drinks.  If you do decide to leave on-time, don’t bring your work home with you!  Remember that you’re taking it easy on yourself as a reward for all of the hard work you’ve been doing.  The first week of September is also a good time to take it easy on saving money.  Maybe only save 5% of your pay that week instead of 10%.  

No matter what you do this Labor Day keep in mind the meaning behind the holiday.  We often forget that we work too hard and to enjoy the simple things in life.  Therefore, take it easy this Labor Day holiday and reward yourself for all of the great work and saving you’ve been doing all year long.  You’ll be amazed at how something so simple, like going out to dinner, can make you feel so rewarded for your labors.   

Have a great holiday!

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Mary Stolarik


Mary is a contributing writer for the CareOne Debt Relief Services blog, A Straight Talk on Debt. She is a recent college graduate, with an English Writing degree from the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg, and she's in debt. Mary shares her experiences whils job hunting, managing her finances while only working part-time and saving for a wedding! Compensated Blogger for CareOne Debt Relief Services. Read more posts by Mary under the Just Graduated & Starting Out blog.

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