I want to reward myself for doing good stuff, for real, not with points.
August 4, 2014 6:07 PM Subscribe
I want to reward some good/healty behaviours automatically. Examples might be reaching 13K steps on fitbit or for reaching a fitbit goal for X days in a row. The obvious solution is IFTTT (not all goals are fitbit related, but I think I can make an IFTTT trigger happen easily enough). The problem is that I can't think of any IFTTT do-able reward. I am open to non-IFTTT-based solutions otherwise.
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I want an actual real world reward that will be granted me somewhat automatically. By "somewhat" I mean that it would be ok if say I got points which I could the "spend" in some sort of rewards catalogue. I don't want points that let me level up where levelling up doesn't actually buy me anything. So I'm looking for rewards ideas. Note that while I'm suggesting IFTTT, I'm open to hearing other ideas.
Things I'm aware of and why they don't work for my purposes:
1. EarnedIt: Good: Points for fitbit activity that you can spend on stuff-like rewards.
Bad: The rewards aren't actually stuff, they're coupons for stuff that you have to spend money on. So say it will say $35 gift card, but it's for something that costs $70 and you can't use two gift cards, you have to pay for the rest. It's a coupon, not a gift card. And since I wouldn't buy that stuff otherwise, it actually costs me money instead of saving me money.
2. EveryMove Good: Supposedly it's actual stuff. I can't see rewards, so I don't know.
Bad: No rewards in Canada.
3. Walgreens Points Good: Points that become actual cash. I could even cope with only being able to spend them in the US, but...
Bad: It's 20 points per mile walked, with a maximum of 20 points per day for walking. So in other words, only the first mile counts. Since I always walk more than a mile per day, there's no incentive here.
Also, none of those work for non-fitbit goals.
I realize that the reason all the commercial versions have such crappy rewards (assuming EveryMove has crappy coupon rewards) is that there's no reason anyone would essentially pay me to do anything that doesn't somehow make them money. Therefore, I'd be willing to indirectly fund this myself, e.g. with a membership fee, hooking up a credit card to buy my own rewards, or say competing so I my money if I don't meet goals and those who meet goals split a pot or such.
I live in Canada, so ideally I'm looking for things that will work here, but I still want to hear about US-only things, just to get a sense of what's out there.