Each week I lose weight, I am buying a gift card. This helps me to save "cash" toward achieving my goal and I am able to make the purchase. If any hiccups should come along, I can't spend the $$ (i.e., if car breaks down I don't use my Macy's gift card at Meinike).
Fridge on the fritz, need a new washer/dryer? Purchase a gift card each week or every payday to help save for that big purchase.
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Buy yourself a gift card. When your favorite restaurant or grocery store has specials on gift cards (ie purchase a $50 gift card get a $5 gift card free) purchase them for yourself. If you shop there anyways, you know that you will use it plus you get an extra $5
When I don't feel like exercising--I exercise because I can pull a reward card out of my special gift bag
On those days when I honestly don't feel like exercising, I motivate myself by pulling a reward card out of the special gift bag AFTER I have done my exercising. It keeps me going and I know there are some neat little things I can treat myself to.
I have a very decorative gift bag that I filled with reward cards--3 X 5 cards that I wrote little reward gifts to give myself. For example, give yourself a 20 minute bubble bath ; give yourself a facial; buy yourself a new color of nail polish; call a old friend, etc.
If you have a credit card that gives you rewards such as gift cards for accumulated points, save them all up until December then cash them in. I have done this the last couple of years and gave the gift cards as presents or got them for myself then purchased Christmas presents at the store using the gift card.
The best thing about this is that no one will ever know!
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