Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Money Speaks: money as a motivator

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I am the kind of person that does not like to spend money...or rather I don’t like to waste my money!   I want know that what I am buying is going to be used!   Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes a bad thing...because for me, I will use a purchase to ensure that I do something.  I may hate a pair of expensive shoes, but I still continue to wear them because, ‘Hey, I spent good money on these shoes!’   So yes, spending money can motivate me to use that item.  This can be a bad thing, in the case of a pair of shoes that hurt my feet!  But it can be a really good thing if I use that ‘cheapskate’ personality to my advantage!

Years ago, I bought a bike.  I spent a pretty penny (well at the time I thought it was a pretty newest bike cost quite a bit more.....).  At that time I hadn’t ridden a bike in years upon years so maybe it was a bit foolish to spend so much money on a bike.  But I had a method to my madness.  You see, I knew that if I dropped that money for a bike, that I would USE the bike...the guilt over the money spent would ensure it!   Nope, I was  not wasting my money on something that was going to collect dust and never get used!  And it worked!  I rode that bike heavy for the first year or two.  The motivation wears off once the product is past the, ‘gotta get my money worth stage’.  But the motivation is strong at first...and in the case of the bike, it allowed me to fall in love with biking and to get into the groove!!  This has worked multiple times over the years.  Proven method for me! 

So this cheapskate that I am has been saying for MONTHS about how I want to get back to running.  I have been lamenting about how I miss running!   But I just haven’t done it!   So I have added a wee itty bitty motivator!!!

I have LOVED my Fitbit Alta. (Affiliate link).  But it’s getting old and the battery is starting to need charged more and more (ok after 2.5 years I have to recharge it ever 4 days versus every 8 days!). It needed to be replaced...sooner or later. I thought about another Alta.  I thought about the Versa.  I even thought about an I watch .   But I kept going back to a garmin watch....simply because ‘if I ever start to run again, a garmin would be the best’.   I have even vowed to start running and then get the watch.  (Yeah that doesn’t work for this cheapskate!!). 

So this past weekend I ante upped the money!  I ordered it from Amazon.  (Yes I include affiliate links but I am a big user of Amazon myself!). I decided upon the Garmin Instinct.   I had debated on the Fenix...but just didn’t want to spend that much money!   I found the color I wanted and one of the cheapest prices.  It is right now consistently running right at $300.  I found it on Amazon for about $10 under that  (yup another link to what I actually purchased...and it is an affiliate link)   Woohoo!  A real plus for a cheapskate like me!  I hit the button to buy it and then I waited anxiously for my shipment to arrive.   Finally the day of my shipment arrived. Typically our packages are waiting for us when we get home from work.  Wouldn’t you know...this time it wasn’t there!  I was antsy and wanted my watch!   It didn’t show up until 7:45 PM!!!   

I had time to play a bit!   Just enough to get it up and running and to figure out the basic functions!  

No I don’t have it on my arm too tight...and no my arm is not was just a weird angle!!!  And I’m not sure why my heart rate was so high, I was just sitting there! its time to get to soon as I’m over the cold that has felled me the last few days!!  In the meantime....we got suckered into buying a complete series on DVD.  We have been talking a lot about those series decided to buy it!  What series?  Scooby Doo of course!!!  It will arrive tomorrow!!!  So while I’m recouping from this cold, you can find us on the couch watching Scooby Doo with a box of tissues between us!  After that...see you on a run!!!


Mrs Swan said...

WHOO HOOO!!!! A NEW TOY!!! Yeah for you! I have a Fitbit Blaze that is older and needs to charge more often. Ohh ty lemme go charge while I am reading blogs. But with trying to get out of debt I keep saying NOOOOOO. I cannot wait to watch you play with your new toy! I had a Garmin (hubby and I had matching ones) but I went with Fitbit since they bought the technology that gowearfit used. (Similar to body bugg) Those armbands that they used to wear on the biggest loser.

MaryFran said...

It was a hard choice back and forth for me between Fitbit and garmin.

The money was easier to spend for me...why? My work will reimburse $300 each year for fitness expenses! We have to ante up the money and in January of each year submit a rebate form and in April the money magically appears on our paycheck! So last year I purchased a January I put in to get $300 of that back. So when I got that money it was just sitting in my savings account until I decided! I will sit on the receipt until January...and then start thinking about what I want next year!!!! (We can use it for fitness gear, health club expenses, race entries, classes and trainers). That made it much easier for this self proclaimed cheapskate and penny pincher to spend the money!

Keep that Fitbit charged!!!!!

mxtodis123 said...

I've been so hesitant about getting a fitbit because of the money. I've tried using a phone app, but then you have to have your phone with you all the time...and I found myself forgetting it on bathroom or kitchen runs. Those steps count as well. Now that summer is almost here I am really going to re-think my position and buy one.

Shelley said...

New equipment IS motivating, not just because of the financial outlay, but it's fun to see things add up. I've never seen your particular Garmin but it's pretty cool, I have to say. Recently I was looking at a new Garmin for me but it was close to $500 and my old Garmin was working just fine; it didn't have all of the new features of the expensive one. In the end I didn't buy it, which is a good thing since who knows when I'll get to run again. I think it would have bothered me a lot to see that new thing just sitting in the box.

Sarah said...

Yay for new fitness toys! I need to think about replacing my fitbit soon. But I may be replacing EVERYTHING soon lol.

MaryFran said...

I would definitely recommend it!!! It made me quite cognizant of how much (or rather how little) I really do move!!

MaryFran said...

I was looking at the more expensive garmin too...but finally settled on this one. So far I’m to start using it as more than an expensive Fitbit and watch.

MaryFran said...

Is the water still rising?? Noooo!!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Enjoy your new toy.
Coffee is on

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