Do you ever find that, as a parent, you put yourself at the bottom of the list? I do. Constantly. Whether it’s drinking a cup of tea while it’s still hot or giving myself the luxury of more than two minutes in the shower, I’m not very good at being kind to myself. To be honest, I always think “be kind to yourself” sounds a bit sappy. I’m more of the “buckle down and get on with it” school of thought. I blame it on my northern husband.
I was recently given the opportunity to test out the site Topcashback. As the name suggests, you earn cash back on your purchases through the site. Lots of retailers are signed up – from fashion brands to utilities companies. Each retailer offers different amounts of money back, from the odd percent right up to as much as 20 percent. The money comes from the commission they pay Topcashback for your custom (you click a link to their site through Topcashback), some of which is then paid back into your own account. Anyway, I had planned to buy something for Christmas – maybe a present for my three year old or something to decorate the house with. But I didn’t.
Instead, I spent the money on something rather frivolous. A little bit of luxury that I’ve been hankering after for a while.
These towels are like a glimmering symbol of change.
OK, that may be a bit dramatic, but they are a big deal. Let me tell you why: I am rubbish at treating myself. Whenever I spend money on something that we don’t really need then I get a pang of guilt. It’s ridiculous, but true.
So the £80.50 I spent on 3 bath towels, 2 hand towels and a swanky bath mat is a momentous occasion. And for that £80.50, I received £3.51 cash back. That’s £3.51 I wouldn’t have had if I had bought directly from the retailer. I am stemming the flow of guilt further by the fact I made a saving of £12.50 on the towels, as the original price would have come to £93. So, I am £16.01 better off than I would have been. I’m calling it an early Christmas present to myself.
Regardless of the savings, sometimes you do need to be kind to yourself. I’ve learned that the hard way this week. Five nights in a row of four hours’ sleep, in two hour increments, has taken its toll. Frog has been poorly, stuck at home with me and reverting to newborn sleeping patterns. When my mum rang this morning to ask how things were I just snapped. I don’t know what it is about hearing my mum’s voice but, if I’m on the edge of an emotional meltdown, it always sends me into floods of tears!
As I write this, I’m sitting in my parents’ kitchen, with my daughter sleeping soundly upstairs. I had to come here to get some work done and catch up on some sleep, with my parents giving me a hand to keep my poorly-but-not-really-poorly three year old occupied. Buying these towels has given me a much-needed boost. Never underestimate the power of a little treat.
“Egyptian cotton”, “luxurious” and “everyday indulgence” are the words used to describe these towels of joy. If they could sing, I imagine they would crack out a sweet angelic melody that would soothe you off into a blissful sleep. I may be placing high expectations on these beauties, but I don’t care. Sometimes you have to splurge a bit.
If they’re lucky, I may even let the daughter and husband use them too.
Disclosure: Thanks to Topcashback for giving me the chance to be a bit frivolous. In order to write this post, I was given money towards my purchase through Topcashback. All opinions remain my own.