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Guilty pleasures in a tough economy

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- In a tough economy budgeting your money is key. Often people are forced to cut back on spending. However, when it comes to guilty pleasures, it's the opposite. Chocolate, alcohol and cigarette sales remain solid nationwide. But spending a little money on yourself can be a guilty pleasure too.

Much like you pay for maintenance on your car, paying for maintenance on yourself is just as important, even in a tough economy. As Robin Marty sits in a massage chair, soaking her feet before a pedicure, money is the last thing on her mind.

"It's like a little vacation, like a little treat!" she said.

Marty says getting a pedicure isn't at the top of her list, but every once and awhile, it's worth the cost.

"You still have to take care of yourself, you have to do maintenance, keep up, looking good and feeling good," said Marty.

Pedicures cost anywhere from $35 to $50; A haircut and color -- $100.

Lisa Ploessl, co-owner of Contempo Salon and Spa in Dubuque, says many women budget for pampering.

"A lot of women would rather maybe give something up a little somewhere else and still feel good because you look good," said Ploessl

Both say this get away -- is much cheaper than a vacation.

"You get to come and relax, get away from it all and have a little me time. Even if it's only an afternoon," she added.

It's an afternoon, these women say, is worth more than the price.

"Things are positive when you're in here. It's not gloom and doom, we're happy, making people feel good and it's a fun place to be," said Ploessl.

Women aren't the only ones spending money on themselves. Men are more likely to spend money on sports and recreation.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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