Monday, March 19, 2012
By Julie Wiegan
If spa treatments seem out of your budget due to the economic downturn, there are still ways you can enjoy a relaxing facial or massage without paying a heavy price.
Wellness Week discounts
Starting today through Sunday, SpaFinder is celebrating Wellness Week. Go to SpaFinder.com to enjoy treatments for just $50, or at savings up to 50 percent off, along with various free events.
Since weekday mornings are slow for most spas and salons, you may be able find deals during this time period. Just call ahead to find out what discounts are available.
Search for savings
Consumers cut back on luxury services during tough economic times, so spas look for ways to boost business by extending specials offers to attract old and new clients. You can find exclusive deals by signing up for e-newsletters from your favorite spa or by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Also, you can score up to 13 percent instantly by purchasing discount gift cards to SpaFinder from sites like GiftCardGranny.com.
Cut the extras
Basic services like a massage or facial can be affordable as long as you skip the extras. Spa service providers may try to bump up your bill with enticing add-ons like an extended body treatment (extra 30 minutes), or perhaps an invigorating body scrub. Though the cost of these treatments seem minimal, the fees quickly add up, especially after you factor in gratuity.
Get group discounts
Many facilities will extend discounted rates for groups of five or more on various services and treatments. Get your girlfriends together for a fun spa day and work with the spa manager on group pricing and package deals.
These tips were provided by leading consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.