It’s that time of year when my Facebook feed is filled with irritated posts like “I’m so sick of this new year, new me nonsense” and “Ya’ll know you’re not really going to change in the new year.”
Harsh, right? Yes, but I get why some of my friends feel like New Year’s resolutions are silly.
A whopping 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, but it doesn’t mean that yours will. The odds are stacked against you, yes – which is why you need a plan. Change comes from effort, not good intentions. If you want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, you need a plan.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite apps (yes, I’ve actually used these!) below. FYI, I’ve got some affiliate links sprinkled throughout this post, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra if you click on them. It just helps me earn a commission to support my family (have you seen the way my kids eat?!).
Whether you want to rock your weight loss goals or embrace a frugal life style, the apps below will help you conquer your New Year’s resolutions.
Best App if Your New Year’s Resolution is to Save Money
Struggling to get out of debt? If you don’t pay your credit card balances in full each month, it’s probably going to take some time. The average balance-carrying household has more than $16,000 in credit card debt, and many people also have debts from student loans, legal judgments, and accounts sent to collections.
It’s tricky to pay off debts if you’re blowing money when you shop, but utilizing coupons and rebates can help. I combine printable coupons or coupons from the Sunday paper with my favorite rebate app, Ibotta. This has helped me save money, especially since I generally just buy products I was planning to get anyway.
Not familiar with Ibotta? It’s a cash-back app that rewards you for buying specific products or services. You can get a detailed description in my article that addresses FAQs about rebate apps, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of how Ibotta works:
- Select offers that interest you
- Purchase items from approved stores
- Scan your receipt
- Get paid
- After you rack up $20, redeem your cash for a payment via PayPal or Venmo, or request a digital gift card (I use PayPal, and my money arrives instantly after I request a payment!)
I use Ibotta at Target, Walmart, and local grocery stores. I also use it on Amazon.com when I remember, but unfortunately I’m awful about that. I even used the app to plan my last vacation since there are rebates at gas stations and cash-back rewards at hotels.
Best App if Your New Year’s Resolution is to Lose Weight
Want to lose weight during 2018? You’re not the only one. Each year, more than 21% of resolutionists set weight-loss goals. Lord knows I’ve been setting this goal for as long as I can remember.
I love healthy food, but I hate working out. Maybe you can relate – or heck, maybe you hate both of these things. If that’s the case, getting paid to lose weight might boost your motivation.
I’ve seen HealthyWage featured on numerous websites, and it’s legit. This popular app lets you bet on yourself, and if you achieve your goal, you get paid.
For example, you might bet $20 a month that you can lose 30 pounds in 9 months. After 9 months, you get $180 plus an extra bonus for hitting your goal! You’ll know the amount you qualify for when you set your weight loss goal so you can feel confident that it’s worth your time.
I’m placing a bet on myself this year, and I’ll update you guys once I get started. Please come back and let me know if you give this app a try so we can encourage each other to meet our goals.
Best App if Your New Year’s Resolution is to Eat Healthy Food
I don’t know about you, but I’m an emotional eater. When I’m depressed, I mindlessly devour potato chips and vegan ice cream until I’ve consumed thousands of unnecessary calories. Luckily, I’ve gotten a lot better since I started using MyFitnessPal.
I have several friends who use MyFitnessPal as an exercise journal, but I prefer to use Map My Walk when I work out (which is rarely if we’re being honest, but I’m tackling this issue in 2018). MyFitnessPal is a digital reminder of exactly how much I’ve been overeating, and it also helps me remember if I’ve eaten anything at all, healthy or not. I have an awful habit of forgetting to eat breakfast and lunch sometimes.
The app tracks calories, which is awesome if you’re trying to hit a specific figure each day. It also lets you know how much protein and fat you’re consuming. I found that helpful when I embraced a vegan lifestyle (I eat some meat now, but I feel best physically and mentally when I avoid it completely).
You can use the app alone or connect with friends. It’s free to download.
Best App if Your New Year’s Resolution is to Have a Clean Home
My nickname used to be Messy (a play on Missy), so that should give you some insight regarding my organizational skills. After my first child was born, I found it completely overwhelming to keep my house clean. I’d clean all day, but nothing would get done. I’m sure many of you can relate.
As the laundry piled up, a friend told me about FlyLady. Back then, FlyLady was a website and a forum. Now FlyLady has an app, and she’s also on social media.
FlyLady helped me break household chores into small, easy-to-complete tasks. She focused on progress, not perfection – which is something that helped me succeed. I think her approach will help you as well.
I still shine my sink every day thanks to FlyLady. You will too if you give her tips a try.
I hope these apps help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Please bookmark this post and report your progress throughout the year.
Oh, and one more thing: