One of the perks my mother enjoys in her retired life is a weekly massage. I wish I had the budget for such indulgences, but guess what? It turns out that getting a massage doesn’t have to be an expensive ordeal, as today’s guest blogger, Debbie Abrams Kaplan, explains.
Debbie covers family travel, events and deals for Frisco Kids and Jersey Kids, so she knows a lot about how to have fun and save money. She happens to be the person who gave me the heads up that tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14th, is when you can find one-day deals on massages nationwide. (And yes, I booked myself a massage at a discount.) Take it away, Debbie.
For some, getting a massage, facial or a mani-pedi is not a luxury but a necessary party of regular life. I love getting massages, but am conscious of my budget, treating myself on occasion. Usually that occasion is when I find a good deal. Here are some of the ways I do that.
Fall means back to school, but it also means back to the spa for me. September 14th is Massage Envy’s Massage for the Cure event. They book $49 massages (50 minutes) and $15 of that goes to the Susan G. Komen organization which sponsors breast cancer research. They promise to donate at least $500,000. More than 640 Massage Envys in 42 states are participating.
Spa Week happens twice a year, and it’s coming up this fall. More than 800 spas in many states offer deals for $50 massages, facials and other body treatments. And the spas are ones you probably want to visit anyway – there’s a top-notch list. Start booking now if you live in California, Nevada, Illinois, Washington, Oregon or Arizona, for Spa Week running September 13-19. If you live in a different state, Spa Week is October 11-17 and appointments can be booked starting September 13th. You do need to register for the website, but that’s free.
Group buying sites frequently offer great deals on massages, facials, mani-pedis and other types of body work. These include:
Massage students have to practice a certain number of hours on live humans before getting their certification. Check with your local massage school to see how to “volunteer.” If you’re a part of a mom’s group or community Yahoo-type group, keep your eye out for announcements of this type too. I’ve gotten freebies this way – the only downside being you might get the massage at their house instead of a studio.
In this economy, businesses are doing what they can to get new customers. You might not think of getting a massage at a chiropractor’s office, but they do offer therapeutic massages that definitely get the kinks out. You might find gyms offering deals – at their own massage studio or at a chiropractor’s office nearby. Keep your eyes open!
Note that with any discounted massage or body treatment, you’ll still need to tip the therapist – generally 15%. And that should be based on the original massage price, not the discounted price.
Let us know if you have additional tips for saving money on spa treatments, such as massages.