For my birthday, I was gifted with a Fitbit from my parents. It’s one of the tiny Fitbit Zips (affiliate link), which fits in my pocket or clips on my waistband. I love that no one knows (until now) that I’m wearing it. It’s interesting that a tiny device can really help me get walking! My Fitbit has been amazingly helpful in getting me motivated to exercise.
Having my steps tracked on a Fitbit motivates me to take the kids on a walk first thing in the morning. I park farther from store entrances and make multiple trips up and down stairs just for more steps. Since it was helpful for me, I bought a Fitbit Zip for my husband so we compare our steps, in a friendly daily competition.
As I started using my Fitbit, I read that you could use your Fitbit to earn money. I loved the idea of earning money for something I was already doing. I discovered quite a few programs but weeded through them all. You see, I had two simple requirements.
- I wanted to earn actual money for my steps. I didn’t want discounts on products. I wanted points that would convert to cash.
- I wanted easy. I wanted something that required no additional effort on my part other than syncing my Fitbit with the site. I wanted to sync once and forget about it.
I am happy to say that I discovered 3 easy ways to earn money with your Fitbit that meet both these requirements. They are truly easy options to earn a bit of extra money for something you are already doing.
Obviously, you are not going to get rich with any of these programs, but if you are already wearing a Fitbit, it would be silly not to take advantage of the free money! If you and your spouse both have a Fitbit, be sure you both sign up to double your free money.
1. Health Insurance
Start with the first and biggest reward. Many health insurance programs have realized that preventative care saves them money. For that reason, they are rewarding healthy activity. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer healthy living rewards.
If you are a Lutheran church worker with the Concordia Health Plan, sign up for Vitality and start earning rewards. They will give you a $30 credit on any Fitbit purchasing, making the Fitbit Zip only $15 through Vitality. Then, you can sync your Fitbit and start earning points that you can redeem for cash. If your spouse is on the Concordia Plan, you can accumulate points together. While the rewards aren’t earned as quickly as years in the past, the good news is that using a Fitbit automatically earns you points. Also, points no longer expire at the end of the year.
2. Walgreens Balance Rewards
Since there is a Walgreens on almost every corner, it is worth your time to sign up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices. This syncs your Fitbit to your Walgreens Balance Rewards account.
Basically, you earn 20 points per mile with a maximum of 1000 points per month. At 5000 points, you can “cash” out for $5 to spend on anything at Walgreens. While this might not seem like much to some, I prefer to think of it as $12 free dollars a year to spend at Walgreens. Why not?
If you already have a Balance Rewards number, you can sync them together. If not, sign up for both at the same time. It takes a couple minutes to get set up but after you have it synced, you don’t have to do anything other than let your points accumulate.
This was a recent discovery of mine and I quickly signed up after researching the program. AchieveMint is a similar program in that you earn points from walking once you sync your Fitbit.
Here’s some facts on AchieveMint. 10,000 points equals $10. You can earn up to 80 points a day. Your walking steps from your Fitbit earn varying levels of points. As a point of reference, hitting 10,000 steps earns you 25 points. If you just walk and do nothing else, you will earn about $10 a year. Once again, if you are already wearing a Fitbit, why not earn the free money from AchieveMint at the same time you earn it from Walgreens?
These are three simple ways to earn cash for walking and using your Fitbit. Do you use any other programs that sync with your Fitbit to earn you money as you walk?