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For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

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  • Way to go! Likewise, if you gain a pound, you should deduct from your spa fund and donate to a charity. - by VIRTUEFIT
  • I not only like this idea, I love it, time to buy myself a piggy bank with the first $5 - by TERFREE
  • Such a simple Idea! I'm going to start this with my next weigh in.
    50 pounds would give me $250. Now that is a nice carrot to dangle. emoticon - by ROBINSU65
  • This is a great idea and can be altered depending upon one's circumstances or needs. I make mini goals for myself along the way. For example, I'll treat myself to a manicure or pedicure for 5 pounds lost, buy a new workout outfit for 10 pounds, or purchase a new pair of earrings for 15 pounds lost. I like the ideas others gave about rewarding themselves for meeting their fitness or nutritional goals too. That is a wonderful way to recognize the hard work and effort you are putting forth toward your health and fitness, regardless of what the scale says. Keep up the good work everyone! - by BUSYBEE2011
  • Love it! This also helps remind us that We Are Worth the effort! - by NICKI2B
  • I am 76 with an invalid spouse and keeping motivated is a challenge for me. Money talks, so now that I am "listening" maybe it will help. I only have about 15 pounds to lose so guess $20 a pound is more like it! emoticon - by FPIRKLE
  • sounds awesome I may have to try it! I don't know if I can afford $5, we shall see! Thanks for sharing! - by SECRET_SWITCH
    Great idea! So many times when we think of rewarding ourselves we think of food!! This is a great way to reward ourselves - - I'm thinking new wardrobe down the road! Thanks for sharing. - by HERKYLOSER
  • TES5061
    I did something similar to this. For each week that I made my goal, I would put $10 in a piggy bank. I figured out that by the time I reach my goal, I would have saved up $300 for a new wardrobe/shopping spree since I would need it! emoticon - by TES5061
  • Good idea! - by KHALIA2
  • Good idea. That means, if, I leave it alone, I will have $500 at the end. - by OLAFIT2020
  • What a good idea. emoticon I'll be using that. - by ANIHAKA
  • I love this idea. I 'm going to give it a try. - by JUDYM18229
  • NICE way to have extra $$ on buying new clothes when we reach goal !! I had 140 lbs to lose and am currently at 55 to go !! WOHOOOO !! - by DIANEDOESSMILES
  • My piggy bank if an old Folgers coffee container. Putting $5.00 rather than just pennies is an excellent idea! - by FAMILY4749
  • I chuckled when I read the comment about buying a PIGGY bank for this idea. (I'm not against piggy banks, I actually collect them because they are so cute.) But for losing weight? :) I'm trying to think of something cuter to use. I can't afford a whole $5 per pound though. - by SUSANSKI
  • This really is a good idea! Thanks emoticon
    - by MARIETTA2012
  • I've done this before with a dime for every 10 minutes on my bike or treadmill! You will be surprised how quickly those dimes add up!! - by REBECKY441
  • this is an awesome idea. however, what happens when you stay the same, do you not put any money in the drawer, and if you lose 1/2 pound do you stick 2.50 in the drawer. - by WALDEN9
  • awesome idea - by IDJ1973
  • This is such a great idea! I've been following this for a few weeks, putting $10 per pound in a jar, and watching the amount grow.

    I'll use the cash to buy some lovely new clothes when I get to my goal weight. emoticon - by BREADTIN
  • Great idea! I used to motivate myself through gifts and awards or little treats but this is actually better. emoticon - by ASCIESZKA
    Perfect! I love the idea and think i will add in fitness goals as well. I said i'd go to Italy for my 40th, and this is a very motivating way to start saving for that trip! - by CDFAUSTIN
  • I'm new to SP and came across your great idea to pay the piggy $5.00 for every pound loss. Seeing that I have over 130 pounds to lose will reward me to a fun shopping spree!!!! Love it!!! emoticon - by ICANDOTHISJEN
  • fabulous idea! I have a hard time coming up with rewards that aren't food related and this is an incremental way to build up to a good-for-you goal. I'm going to try it - by LYNETTEMOM
  • Love it! - by NEW_ME_FOREVER
  • Holy cow what a FANTASTIC idea! Thank you so so so much! emoticon - by SORCHA89
  • I just started this week, and I think is definitely something I'm going to do, although when I reach my goal, I don't think a day at the spa is what I'm going to do...maybe a trip to the casino...or some new clothes. - by ADAMANT25
  • Love this idea, I guess each one of us can used the saved up money for somethings that is special for ourselves. I will used the money for new clothes! Once you lose all the weight you need new clothes!! - by 2011GORDITA
    I love this idea, at the end of my journey i'd have roughly $500, not bad to go on a shopping spree with! - by XXUNLUV3DLIZXX
    I am saving $80.00 for each pound that I lose. And my motive is
    that by the time I reach my weight goal ~ I can pay CASH for a
    Vespa Scooter! - by DANDYDONNAJ
  • I <3 this idea! I can't wait to start banking money for another trip to the beach...and maybe a smaller bathing suit! emoticon - by OOPSIE-DAISY
  • I <3 this idea! I can't wait to start banking money for another trip to the beach...and maybe a smaller bathing suit! emoticon - by OOPSIE-DAISY
  • I really like this idea. I plan to start using next week when i weigh in. Thanks! emoticon - by DDANI57
  • CD8671909
    This is a great idea! Thanks for the tip! - by CD8671909
    Fantastic idea. No guilt spending too!! emoticon - by JANMAREE1
  • Sounds like an excellent plan to me!!! - by ROSEACLARK
  • I'm trying this!!! Great idea - by LYSADELL
  • CD7721644
    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing. - by CD7721644
  • emoticon emoticon - by MCCALI59

    tHANKS - by FAJAAA
  • I think that is a great idea and I am going to do the same. - by RACHJOB
  • I will try that! - by KIKA209
  • That is a great idea. I use to
    do that. then I forgot about it.
    Thanks emoticon emoticon - by JEN-TINK1
    Great idea! - by LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD
  • Ohh I might do this to earn myself the Garmin I want. I could do $10 a pound and be done by August when I need it to start training for a half marathon. - by SLEEPYDEAN
  • JOSEPH4715
    I'll try it myself! emoticon - by JOSEPH4715
  • This is an awesome idea. I'm going to implement this one. Thx. - by DARK_ANGEL10
  • What a wonderfully awesome idea! emoticon
    I love going to the spa and it would be a great way to treat myself after reaching my goal. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

    emoticon - by JULESACCORD
  • use the money to buy something in your new smaller size!!! fun fun Think I need to try this - by SWEETMEL381
  • I love this idea! Why didn't I think of it? LOL I'll definitely be doing this. I wonder, can I put in for all the lbs I lost before? LOL - by TONIABLAKE
  • I've been doing $10/lb but haven't decided what I'll do with money...hmmm...
    Thanks for submitting the idea as I'm sure this will work for many of us. - by SKIPSIDE
  • Wow, this a great, great, great Idea. For me, the best I had heard in several weeks. I am going to start doing the same the next time I weight myself. Keep Up this Great Secrets!!!

    emoticon - by LADYANDREA2012
  • Great idea, I'm going to start with the next pound! - by LINDA6105

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