A tongue-in-cheek collection of the tips, tricks, and recipes that will fix your life without busting your budget.
$9 Therapy proves that it’s possible to take self-care seriously without taking yourself too seriously.
Self-professed lifestyle gurus Nick Greene and Megan Reid know that sometimes it takes as little as spending nine dollars on an act of self-care to turn your day around. While working their first, low-paying jobs out of school, Nick and Meg learned to spend wisely—and fabulously—and firmly came to believe in the radical potential of simple pleasures. In $9 Therapy, they use their hard-won wisdom to show how small, inexpensive treats can elevate your adulting game: whether it’s mindfully repotting a plant to finally drinking from a decent wine glass (even if you can afford only one), to recipes you’ll actually want to cook, to design tips to make even the tiniest spaces look like Instagram-bait.
With enthusiasm and sass, (and featuring 30 colorful illustrations), $9 Therapy brings together the lifehacks and mini-upgrades that encourage you to make your life a little bit easier, a little bit less stressful, a little bit better, a little more loving toward yourself and the humans around you.
Reid, a former editor at Simon & Schuster, and Greene, a former magazine editor, cobble together an unfocused collection of tips for those on a budget in this slight guide to self-care. The stated goal is to make life simpler and more enjoyable, but the authors' scattered, unfocused approach makes their advice hard to follow. Anyone familiar with self-help basics will recognize much of the advice be it taking mental health days or doing short workouts as the authors jump across self-help mainstays such as decluttering and meditation, self-care-adjacent topics including opting out of junk mail, and, randomly, the uses for a glue gun. Also included are recipes, lists of things to pack for a vacation, and book recommendations. Boxed snippets of quirky advice hover at the top of some pages: "Pack a string of fairy lights to turn even the dreariest travel photo into instant spon-con." Directed toward young urbanites, the authors' cursory advice contains sparks of inspiration but, as a whole, fails to provide the budget-minded comfort touted.