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Local Self Care that Won't Break the Bank!

Heading back to Ann Arbor for school in the fall? Often our “treat yo self” mentality means draining our checking account. However you define self-care, we’ve rounded up some great ideas for you to practice self-care without breaking the bank.

Look into haircare and spa services from students. You’ll be helping students get in the hours they need to get their licensure, and you’ll receive quality services at a discount. Aveda Douglas J is right by Central Campus and provides numerous services.

Do some gym hopping. Often studios and gyms offer discounts for new clients. They are hoping you’ll like their offerings, and for you it’s a great way to stay active and see what you like. A few of our favorites are Tiny Buddha Yoga (first class free), CrossFit Tree Town (first class free when you sign up for their newsletter and The Barre Code (2 weeks of classes for $20).

Reward yourself for paying attention in class. Pocket Points is an app that “pays” you for staying off of your phone during class. The longer you keep the phone locked, the more points you earn. Points can be redeemed at local businesses for goods, food, and services.

Relax at one of Ann Arbor’s historic theaters. The Michigan and State theater offer student discounts on tickets, and there are many sponsored events that are free. Check out their website for current showtimes and updates on events. If you are a movie buff, consider joining GoFoBo, a website that will send you free movie passes before certain movies hit theaters. They often do this to generate word-of-mouth buzz and to get feedback from local movie critics before a film is widely released.

Be a tourist in Ann Arbor. Check out the Ann Arbor Observer for info on local street fairs, walking tours and more!

By Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW

Carryn Lund