10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Confidence

10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Confidence
Written by Oana Schneider

It’s impossible not to be too hard on yourself every now and then: going through a breakup, having financial problems or just being surrounded by people who don’t appreciate you for what you are. You’ve heard thousands of motivational speeches and don’t really think they could work for you, which is why feeling down is becoming more of a normality to you.

We thought of 10 inexpensive ways to boost your confidence and stand up to anyone who’s about to ruin your day. Try these ideas and you’ll feel a lot better guaranteed!

1. Make a list

And we’re not even kidding! Take a piece of paper and a pen and write down all the things you like about yourself, from your best features to that quirkiness not everybody can see. Remember that time when you surprised yourself by doing something out of your comfort zone, the last time you fell in love, a great party you’ve been to.

Whether you are shy or courageous, you have to embrace the situation! Not only you’ll feel better, but you’ll also get to know yourself a lot better.

2. Stay away from negative people

If somebody keeps saying negative things about you: a friend that keeps saying you look fat, a boss who never notices your hard work, a family that doesn’t appreciate you at all or an entourage that only wants you for your money, ability to throw parties and so on.

These people have got to go! Of course, you can’t stay away from your family forever, but you can at least see them less often. As the proverb says, learn how to enjoy your own company and you’ll never feel alone again!

3. Dress nicely or on the contrary

Some people need a complete makeover to overcome problems in their lives, while others just feel better in their pajamas. Either way, go for it! Get a new haircut or just a messy bun, turn up the music and start dancing!

Find that one thing that releases the inner goofball and don’t be afraid to let loose! A new you doesn’t necessarily mean new clothes, but if that helps, why not go for it? It might help to sort through all your clothes and put on something you haven’t worn in years!

4. Do a good deed

Help a neighbor, give money to a homeless person, offer food and you’ll immediately feel better! There is something about giving that makes us feel appreciated and meaningful: brightening up someone’s day fills us with love and compassion, so help others to help yourself! We are all good people at heart!

You can go even further and babysit for a friend, walk their dog, bake a pie for someone, say thank you to someone who’s helped you a lot! Just be kind to other people and you’ll also have something to gain!

5. Set small goals and achieve them

OK, you’re probably dealing with a breakup, debt or just insecure about your life. It will be a lot easier to overcome any problems if you just set small goals and reward yourself for every little achievement. Don’t treat yourself to candy or you might put on a lot of weight. How about a nice badge instead? Also, keeping a diary could help a lot!

Start with little things: putting on makeup and dressing up for work, buying a new book, taking an online class, taking up a DIY project, connecting with long lost friends, calling your mom.

Reach out to the most important people in your life and confess all your problems. This will lift a heavy weight off your chest immediately! After this, it’s time to think bigger and bigger: getting a new job maybe, moving someplace else, and the list goes on. You are the only one who can boost your confidence and put you back on your feet.

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6. Listen to your childhood playlist again

Remember when everything was nice and easy? And you only had to worry about what you’re going to do on your summer vacation and whether that crush of yours is ever thinking of you? All is not lost: listen to your childhood playlist on YouTube and take a short walk down memory lane.

Think about the kind of kid you were, about how every little thing used to be so exciting! We are all kids at heart, so this shouldn’t be difficult! If you had a difficult childhood, go back to a place and time when you were happy. The happiest you’ve ever been.

7. Watch a silly movie

Don’t say no to this! Here. At we have a few confidence-boosting movies that we like to revisit every now and then: The Mask, Father of the Bride, Cheaper by the Dozen and pretty much any Steve Martin movie. Go for a comedy and not a drama. We want you to laugh again, not start crying.

Plus, you can ask your friends to come over and watch it with you. Although everything may seem dark now, there is a whole world out there that needs to be discovered! There’s laughter and goofiness, there are funny people worth meeting and friends who can’t wait to help you out! Come on, cheer up!

8. Baking, cooking, and cleaning?

All of the above! It’s time to experiment! And we don’t mean cook because you need to or clean the house because you kind of have to. No! We mean try a new recipe, reorganize your bedroom, and redecorate your home and so on. No expectations, just play with your ideas, and see what happens. This will make you see things in a different light.

Life is just like a messy bedroom: clean it and everyone will want to have it!

Also, releasing your creative inner beast is never a bad idea! Also, you may want to look into crafting, makeup tutorials, look up travel destinations, replace your old car etc. make a change in your life today, rearrange the things that bothered you and everything will look way clearer.

9. Get a pet

The adoption center is waiting for you and so are thousands of cute pets: cats, puppies, birds and so on. Take one or two home with you, play together and learn how to be responsible for another being. Plus, no one can watch cat videos and remain completely unchanged after that, right? Plus, animals can feel our pain, anger, sadness or happiness.

Believe it or not, most of them will try to comfort you, so get ready for some serious drooling, wet noses, fluffiness and endless love.

10. Volunteer

Yes, there are so many people who need your help! It really doesn’t matter where you choose to advertise: a cantina, an adoption center, a women’s shelter, an elderly home. All these people need company more than anything else and so do you at this point!

Sharing your life experience and troubles with someone who’s clearly less fortunate than you will make you appreciate more the things you have. Plus, being upset over a breakup when there are homeless people who don’t have a roof above their heads seems kind of selfish now, doesn’t it?

Learn how to care more about your independence and identity than for people who probably never got the real you. Don’t dismiss these ideas until you’ve tried them. There are things in life that seem heart breaking, but you are strong enough to overcome them, so don’t give up easily.

Life is a beautiful thing and it’s up to us to make the best of it! If stress is getting the best of you, take a short vacation to recharge your batteries. Try not to ignore this situation or you might get depressed and aggravate the situation. In any case, please ask for help from your friends, family, or a professional.

Visit The Help Line Center if you have no one to talk to and please reach out to someone you love. We all matter, every single one of us!

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.


  • This really helps for people like me! I’m always looking to buy things at the cheapest or even make things from home!

    • This has nothing to do with buying something at a lower price or even making something from home. It’s all about boosting your confidence without spending money, and that’s a different thing from the two things you’ve mentioned here. What were your thoughts on the actual blog piece?

  • I think that by far the most important one that you mention here is staying away from negative people – because you would honestly be amazed at just how much difference it can make to be around people who celebrate you rather than bringing you down all the time. Also, I would recommend that if you find something that you know you’re good at, you stick at it and get even better, because just being able to show people that you can do certain things is fantastic, and really makes you feel good about yourself. I am a musician and love the look on people’s faces when I show people what I can do – because they completely underestimated me and they feel ashamed of themselves I think when they realise that.

    • I definitely agree with you about about sticking to what you’re good at and improving your skills. There’s no better confidence booster than excelling and being good at something. Especially when other’s are impressed by what you do!

      I used to play piano as a child but I was never really interested in it and never had the motivation to practice. I love music however and I think it’s great that your music gives you such confidence!

  • I do love these tips. Building confidence is something that you should never pay for. In a perfect world, we’d all have the highest level of confidence in ourselves, but that’s just not the case. It’s a really bad idea to pay for such confidence, though, and doing things yourself without spending a dime is a better tactic.

  • Volunteering and doing good things for other people who are less fortunate is a great way to boost your confidence, but not in the way that you might think. you don’t help people and then pat yourself on the back to boost your confidence, instead you get an appreciation for all of the different problems in life and that you aren’t the only one who is downtrodden.

  • I definitely agree with everything on this list and I’ve used some of these tricks in the past before successfully. My personal favourite is listening to my childhood playlist, nostalgia is such an amazing feeling and listening to songs I sang over and over as a child always makes me smile.

    Two on this list that I’d really recommend to anyone looking for a confidence boost are doing a good deed, it makes you feel amazing and well there’s no real downside to it. The other I’d recommend is setting small goals and achieving them. This is really good for studying as well, when you aren’t motivation set yourself small goals, read this one textbook page or do x number or exercises. You can reward yourself with a little bit of off time afterwards. It’s really great because once you get started you have such a great feeling of accomplishment and you actually just want to keep going!

  • Good points there! I would like to add one more point: Draw up a schedule. Following a schedule strictly, enhances your confidence. You’ll come to believe that you can actually meet deadlines and goals. You’ll start to believe in yourself and your self-esteem goes up. Your ability goes up as well in due course, and you start to enjoy your life. Just make a start!

  • All of these are great tips! My personal favorites are one and three. I love lists, and writing down the things I like about myself serves as a reminder that I deserve to be confident. As for three, I always feel better when I look good, especially when I work with what I already have. It becomes a creative outlet, and I think creativity is a great confidence-booster.

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