Can money buy you happiness? No! Of course, not! Buuuut, it can buy you things that will temporarily entertain, feed, and/or enlighten you.
Here are 13 ways you can buy happiness (or at least brighten your day) for $5 or less
You know, the kind you had in 4th grade? And you used to write notes to your BFF about how cute Rick Burgstaler was? And then you wouldn’t let anyone use the pink color because you were ‘saving’ it? You can still get one and use it to take notes in work meetings or sign your rent checks in purple ink.
If you’re one of the five people left in the world who don’t have Hulu+ or Netflix (or you actually enjoy the act of holding your video rental in your hand) check out a Redbox DVD. Get something fluffy and awful that nobody will watch with you and watch every bit of it. Even the special features.
TJ Maxx and Marshalls always have giant bars of soap for $3 that smell like grapefruit + clean linens + rich people. And who doesn’t want to smell like rich people for $3?
Shower steamers are like a bath bomb for your shower – a ball of awesome (and essential oils) that’s released in the steam of your shower. Lovely!
For $5 you can get quite a nice sized cone. Try out a new flavor – Norwegian chai, cream cheese, sweet corn or cereal milk!
If you’re saving your pennies for a proper manicure, you probably want to choose a color that works in multiple environments – like the office and that wedding. But if you’re doing it yourself, why not do neon green with rainbow sparkly ring fingers?
You know, for the antioxidants.
Second-run theaters are lovely! You can finally see that silly movie you were too embarrassed to see when it came out.9. Download your favorite can’t-help-but-dance-to-it songs
You know the ones. The ones where you sing along in the car while fervently slapping the steering wheel? (This is my current go-to. Yup.)
Squeeze it out, smear it on, put your feet up, and read a magazine.
Because it’s oddly awesome to find out what your pictures look like several days after you take them. Delayed gratification! How novel!
For me, it’s Big League Chew or Fun Dip. Maybe you love Red Vines or Fruit-by-the-foot?
They’re awesome any time of year, but oddly more awesome outside of the traditional fireworks holidays. (Here’s a great how-to on taking long exposure photos with sparklers!)
What are your favorite five dollar (or less!) day makers?