If you already have a Fitbit, Garmin watch, or Apple Watch, you can use the Achievement app to set your watch to automatically earn you free money. It’s not much (I earn about $3 per month), but it’s completely passive, and free.
Getting Started with the Achievement App
Here’s how to get it set up:
- Download the Achievement app. If you use my affiliate link (to the left), you’ll be rewarded with 250 points to get started (the equivalent of 25 cents).
- Follow the prompts to connect any of the apps you use to track your fitness. Note: you can get points for the same activity from more than one source, so if you don’t currently have MyFitnessPal or Strava connected to your Fitbit, Garmin Connect, or Apple Health, you might consider doing so.
Once you reach 10,000 points, you can redeem them for $10, sent to you via email. In the past year, I have earned $30. Note: the first time you redeem $10, you need to enter your mailing address.
How Can You Earn the Most Points with the Achievement App?
I have found that I earn the most money for steps and running longer distances than any other activities. So, you will earn points much more slowly if you do a non-step based activity (such as biking or swimming) than you will if you run or walk a lot. Different apps reward the same activity with different numbers of points, so it’s best to connect all the apps you use. Strava and Garmin tend to give me the most points per run (I earn them per mile), while MyFitnessPal gives a flat 6 points per activity. All apps seem to give me 5-6 points, no matter how far I bike.
Achievement App: What Does One Day’s Worth of Points Look Like?
Here’s a breakdown of what I have earned on a fairly active day, when I ran 7 miles, biked 3 miles (1.5 miles each way to work) and took about 3 miles worth of steps:
54 points (5.4 cents): 20,000 steps during the day (Garmin)
6 points (.6 cents): Running (MyFitnessPal)
24 points (2.4 cents): Running (Strava)
24 points (2.4 cents): Running (Garmin)
6 points (.6 cents): Biking to school (Strava)
6 points (.6 cents): Biking home (Strava)
6 points (.6 cents): Sleeping (Garmin)
Total: 12.5 cents
This is not much at all; however, I am paid this money for doing the things I would already be doing (biking, running, sleeping, taking steps). There is no additional effort on my part beyond hitting the “start” button on my watch when I begin an activity (which I would be doing anyway to track my runs and bikes). So, if you already use a watch or app(s) to track your activities, why not get paid for them?