Monday, August 10, 2015

How To Make Money From Your Weight Loss (And What To Spend It On!)

See that jar up there? That's my "too-big-clothes" jar. It lives in my kitchen (ironically, next to a big, dusty pasta cookbook). Every few days, I shove a few more bucks in it and one day, I'll treat myself to something pretty.

How did I fill this jar? Pretty simply!

Sell Your Clothes That No Longer Fit!

Every time I went down a size (or put on pants that I could promptly pull right over my bum), I set them in the "too-big" pile. Whenever my pile got unwieldy, I sold them online! Now, there are tons of ways you can do this and I've probably used them all. 

1. Ebay: This is best for items that are brand-new and still have tags on them, and where you're willing to post them for a low price.

2.  Poshmark, Threadflip, Vinted - these are best for nicer items (think a step above Forever 21 or Old Navy), where you think you can get a higher price (since they usually charge about 20% handling).

3.  Facebook local sale groups - this has been the best method for me. Most cities (large and small) have Facebook groups like these, where people post items for usually very discounted prices, and you can pick up locally. Buyers and sellers save money on shipping and sellers can accept cash in the mailbox or PayPal. Usually, you have to be invited to the group by someone you know in real life, and many people meet at coffee shops or parking lots so they don't have to give out their addresses. 

Use Apps that Reward You For Getting Your Workout On!

There are tons of apps (and websites) that want to help you be successful in your fitness journey. And what better motivation is there than money!?

4. Pact: this app allows you to make a promise that you will hit the gym X amount of times a week and when you do, you make money! When you don't, you lose money, but if you're already hitting the gym a few days a week (or if you want to motivate yourself to get an extra day in there), then this is a no-brainer! For working out 5 days a week, I make $1.05 a week.

5. FitStudio: this website links most devices and apps (Fitbit, UP, Nike+, MyFitnessPal, etc) to your Shop Your Way Rewards account (Sears and Kmart). The more you workout, the more points you accrue. They automatically add to your SYWR account, allowing you to redeem them for discounts and FREE workout clothes (or at least, that's what I'm buying). 

6. EveryMove: this app links with your fitness trackers and gives you points for being active. Those points can be redeemed for rewards that you choose ahead of time and work towards. The rewards range from charity donations to coupons and gift certificates.

Then Decide What You Want To Spend It On!

Once you've got a good chunk of money (I've made over $300 in about 4 months!), you can try to decide what you want to spend it on. I have a few ideas...

If you want to re-invest that money into your workouts and keep the cycle going:
Nike Air Relentless 4 in Cool Grey/Hyper Turquoise
ClassPass Subscription (photo via)
A Fun Workout Tank - Humble With A Hint Of Kanye

If you want to reward yourself with a job well done:
Fossil Curiosity Watch
A Gorgeous Manicure
Oval Sterling Silver Ring

If you want to give yourself something to look forward to:
Take A Trip! See that gorgeous bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, climb the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, or visit beautiful mosques in Istanbul, Turkey
Get A New Tattoo - This anchor is my new obsession
Buy A Dress For An Upcoming Occasion In A Smaller Size - Looking at this Oasap dress everyday would be very motivating!

Do you have any other ideas on ways to make money from your weight loss?

xo, Katie

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