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I have a terrible habit of not sticking to any kind of workout routine. Let’s face it, with three kids, it’s always go go go with them, but not so much for me. On today’s App Saturday, I’m going to be talking about the FitBit App!
I have the Fitbit HR, which I just recently started wearing again. After the birth of my 3rd daughter, I took it off for awhile, and lost track of it when we moved. Now that I have been re-united with my beloved Fitbit, I’m hoping to start working out more. If I don’t, my Fitbit is going to tell me how lazy I’m being. (Just to clarify, it’s not ACTUALLY going to tell you you’re being lazy. You are just going to be able to look at your App and see for yourself that you haven’t exactly been productive).
First things first: You need a Fitbit. It would make things easier. You can technically have the app on your smart phone, without having a Fitbit tracker. You won’t get the full benefits, but you will still be able to record basic stats like your steps, distance, and calories burned.
I originally bought my Fitbit at Best Buy, but most stores are carrying them now. Or you can just order it right off sites like Amazon and Ebay. There are several different options that Fitbit offers, so make sure to do your homework first. I chose the HR (back in early 2016) because I really wanted to keep track of my heart rate, on top of everything else.
Got your Fitbit? Okay, time for the App. The App is able to be downloaded on 200+ devices, so don’t just think you need an Iphone (or a smartphone for that matter). You can do this right on your laptop as well. Your Fitbit will automatically connect with the App on your phone to show you your stats from the day, and when using a computer, you just log in, and plug in. (Each Fitbit will come with directions, don’t worry.) For complete details on Fitbit and their products offered you can head on over to their website by clicking here.
The Fitbit App has so many amazing features! You can set your own personal daily goals, and Fitbit will track your progress throughout the day (just make sure you are actually wearing your Fitbit). I don’t even need to check the App on my phone during the day for my progress, I can just look right at my watch! My Fitbit tells me:
- The time
- Steps taken during the day
- Current heart rate
- Miles walked
- Flights of stairs I’ve walked up
- Calories burned
All of this, right on my wrist! The App will track all off this, so I can see my trends over time. The app will give me insight into my resting heart rate, what days were my most productive, and even how well I have been sleeping! I think the sleep tracking is one of my favorites. When I check the app in the morning, Fitbit is able to show me the hours I was asleep, when I was restless in my sleep, and when I had my best sleep! It’s kind of nice to see just how well I slept, and if I actually got the sleep I needed.
Like I mentioned before, I bought my Fitbit in 2016. Since then, Fitbit has really expanded and developed. You can now link multiple trackers to the app! I can wear my Fitbit HR during workouts, but if I wanted something more discreet during the day, I can get the Fitbit One. The Fitbit One clips on easily to your belt, pocket, or even your bra! I’m happy with my Fitbit HR for the moment, but I have had my eye on the Fitbit Aria! It’s a wi-fi smart scale! You can read more about it by clicking here. Let’s just say, if you are looking to get in shape and lose weight, this scale is going to help you stay on track!
The Fitbit App has an amazing digital support system for those of you who need the help staying on track. (Shyly raises my hand at the back of the classroom). I have several friends who wear Fitbits, so I’m able to connect with them on the app, take part in challenges with them, and be motivated by their progress. If you don’t feel like competing against your friends and family, you can take part in solo challenges, and set up your own personal goals.
On top of the counting steps, sleep tracking, and heart rate monitoring, the app also has an area where you can log your daily intake of food and water. This is a great tool to help you meet your daily goal of drinking enough water, and also portion control! My husband used his Fitbit HR for this purpose, and he was really surprised just how quickly you can reach 2000 calories based on what you are eating! I tend to eat a lot of fish and chicken, while he is all about red meat, so dietary changes are a bit harder for him.
With the cooler months ahead of us, I’m looking forwards to getting back outside more with my girls and going on our walks. Our first summer in the south hasn’t been too terrible, but it has been pretty rainy. The Fitbit app has a great sister app called Fitstar, that shows you some mini workouts you can do at home, and tracks your progress through your Fitbit! Fitbit really does have an amazing app, with great products, designed to keep you healthy and motivated!
Already have a Fitbit or something like it? Tell me what you have, and why! Any tips to staying motivated? I would love to hear those too! By the time my girls in bed, I usually just want to crawl in bed myself!
Last week, I told you about this amazing cash back App called Ibotta! It was just a few days before Amazon Prime Day, and they were offering some pretty great cash back offers from Amazon!
Today, it is all about my favorite cash-back App, Ebates! Ebates was the first App I joined, to start earning cash-back and things I was buying anyway!
Ebates is a free App, that has over TWO THOUSAND stores you can shop at, (online and in-store) and earn cash back! I’ve already earned cash back on plane tickets back to visit my friends, Ulta beauty purchases, and all my Amazon goodies! If you think the rewards stop there, then you need to keep scrolling!
First things first, to get the cash back, you need to check into your Ebates App to see what’s being offered at the store you want to shop at. If you are shopping online, you will want to click “shop now,” and the App will automatically take you to the online store, and keep track of your purchases. That’s it! The cash back will be in your account in a few days! (Or even a few hours!) For trips made to the store, just check the App, link the card you will be using, and you are good to go!
I am home a lot with my daughters, and I am usually blogging on my laptop (like now, for instance). That means, sometimes it is more convenient to just shop on my computer. You can log into Ebates right onto your computer! Ebates installed it’s little logo right at the top of my computer, and it lights up when I go to one of it’s qualified stores, and asks me if I want to activate the cash back. Just click yes! After that, Ebates does the hard work for you. When you are done shopping, Ebates has already loaded all the applicable coupons for the site you are on, saving you even more money! Yup, not only are you getting cash back, but Ebates is always finding you coupons you may not have even known were available!
Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about the cons. Do you see the cash back offers on the stores listed up above? They change. Sometimes you are going to get an e-mail about a super cash back day, and find that the places you love to shop are all offering 10 percent (or more)! Unfortunately, there are going to be days when you only see a 1% return on your money.
On stores like Amazon, they limit the cash back to certain items, but those items do consistently change. The other downside is, Ebates only pays you quarterly, so don’t plan on having your cash back immediately available to you. I kind of like that my money builds over time. I already have a good chunk of change pending in my account, ready to be paid to me next month!
Back to the Pros: There are two different ways you can choose to get paid! As you can see in the photo below, you can choose to have a check mailed to you, or it can sent right to you via Paypal. I like to receive a check in the mail. It’s a nice change of pace when I find a check, instead of a bill.
Interested in signing up, and getting cash back? If you use my referral link, you will get $10 automatically added to your account (after you make your first qaulifying purchase of $25 or more). After that, you just go to Ebates before you shop, and Ebates will hook you up with coupons and cash back!
Click Here to sign up with Ebates!
This is my first ever App Saturday! I use a multitude of apps on my phone and Ipad, all for different reasons, and I am always looking for the newest, and best apps for my lifestyle. Once a week, I will share with you a favorite App of mine!
I am constantly shopping for my family of five. Three daughters, a husband, and a dog, can get expensive rather quickly! My husband is hands off when it comes to the budget, but not so when it comes to spending money. Cash back Apps have become a life saver for me! I made my husband sign up for a few as well, because if he’s going to be buying useless stuff, we should at least earn some money back on it!
This weeks App is Ibotta!
I chose Ibotta this week, because Amazon Prime Day is happening this week! I think most of you already know how much I love Amazon. Ibotta is currently offering a $20 Amazon gift card if you sign up for Prime through their App! Already a Prime member? Not to worry! Ibotta also has some amazing cash back offers for Amazon right now in several different departments. This is perfect for those of you who plan on shopping on Prime Day!
So, how does it work? It is actually really simple! Download the App onto your smartphone, enter your information, and start saving!
What I really like about Ibotta is you can link up your store loyalty cards! Here in South Carolina, I grocery shop at Food Lion. Before heading to the store, while I am sitting down to make my list, I just log into the App and select the offers I want from Food Lion. The offers are automatically added to my Food Lion Loyalty card. No need to print coupons, or submit a receipt! The Ibotta App tracks my purchases on my Food Lion card, and then automatically uploads my rebates! For stores without loyalty cards, like Target, you just shop like you normally would, and then take a photo of your receipt to submit onto the App!
If you are shopping right on your mobile device, make sure you check into your Ibotta App first. You just search the store you are shopping at, and see if they are offering any deals! If they are, just click on the Shop button, and Ibotta will automatically bring you to their website, and keep track of the purchases you make! The cash back will automatically be deposited into your Ibotta account in 48 hours.
The great part is, 100% of your Ibotta earnings can be transferred right to your PayPal or Venmo account! No fees are taken off the amount! You can also choose to have your earnings converted into a gift card. (The only down side is you have to wait until your account reaches $20 before you can request the funds. I don’t really see that as much of a down side, but some might think so.)
Ibotta has this really cool feature called Teamwork. “The bigger your team, the faster you earn,” says the Ibotta site. When you sign up via Facebook, other friends using Ibotta can join your team! This allows you to earn Teamwork Bonuses, which can mean more cash back!
Sound good? You can sign up by clicking Here!
Once you make your first qualified purchase, you will automatically get a $10 welcome bonus, just for using my link!
Get yourself signed up and your Team together, just in time for Amazon Prime day! Don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Prime through Ibotta, if you aren’t already a Prime member! It’s a perfect time to sign up, shop some Black Friday worthy deals, get a gift card, and earn cash back!
xoxo – Kat
For the last month or so, I have been researching online styling companies like StitchFix, to make my shopping trips, well, easier. I have three daughters, and a husband in the military, so finding “me time” just to go try on clothing, can be a trial.
Websites like Stitchfix, Wantable, and Trunk Club, are made with that in mind. Gone, can be the days of searching racks for your size, and trying on clothes in tiny dressing rooms. This is probably why the retail store market is taking a hit, as the E-commerce world starts booming. A lot of people prefer to have clothing shipped straight to them, to try on in the comfort of their own home.
Amazon has announced they will be launching a new program called Prime Wardrobe, and while they haven’t officially announced when it will launch, they do seem to have done their homework on their competitors.
According to Amazon, you will be able to pick out three-15 items, (from more than a million pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories), and have it shipped directly to you, for FREE! Try it on, keep and buy what you want, and return the rest! That’s it.
This is going to be a game-changer, at least for me anyway. I liked the idea of Stitchfix, because after filling out an online profile, a Stylist will set me up with a few pieces they think I would like. If I want a box sent to me, it’s a $20 styling fee, which goes towards the cost of any item I buy. The downside is, if I don’t like any of the items, I am out the $20.
Amazon won’t have the Stylist, so no styling fee! Do you see a few cute tops you like, but not sure they are really your style? Add them to your box, and try them on! You have seven days to return them (for free).
There is one slight catch with Amazon; you need be a Prime member to take part in the wardrobe program. It is $99 for the year, and it is WORTH IT. You get free 2-day shipping on all prime purchases, access to tons of free movies and shows, and there’s even music streaming! If you haven’t signed up already, I would jump on board.
Click Here to learn more about Prime Wardrobe, and get yourself signed up with Amazon prime!