...I did not struggle with weight growing up, but after getting married and having five kids, I had moved solidly into the "overweight" population. In 2006 I was able to lose the extra pounds (50 of them) and get to goal. But staying there, that is another story. Slow but steady, the weight has crept back on over the years. So here we go again ...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Achievemint Update ... Update
I first discovered Achievemint back in June of 2013. Getting PAID for healthy habits? Sign me up! Back then, there were a number of reward programs, and I was participating in them all. Over the years, many of the programs have transformed or ended all together. I always recommended Achievemint to any of my family and friends who had a Fitbit (other trackers and apps work too) because it was so easy. Just sign up, link your Achievemint account to your tracker ... and forget about it. Follow emailed updates, or check in occasionally online, and at some point, you'll reach your reward. Request your redemption (wait a bit) and walla ... $$.
I've done a number of blog posts about my Acheivemint Experience (Achievemint Update, Fitness Reward Followups, Another Achievemint Update are the main ones). So why another post from me? Because there are new changes, and as I notice people checking out my older entries (other than my Fitbit post, my original Achievemint Update is my most popular post) and I wanted to include the most recent information.
A couple of days ago ... I received an email from Achievemint. Just a form letter, but as far as I know (I've asked around with family and friends) no one else has received it, and it's not on their site (or mentioned on their Facebook or Twitter) so I thought I'd put it out there! GREAT info ...
Hello, motivation. Goodbye, reward limits.
We heard your frustration with not being able to earn additional rewards onAchieveMintonce you hit your limit. Staying healthy is an ongoing process and we wantedAchieveMintto reflect that. That’s why there’s no limit to the amount of rewards that you can earn now -- it also allows even more members to participate and we hope it keeps you engaged and motivated. We’ve also improved our payout system to ensure prompt reward redemption.
Here’s how our new points system works:
• Earn up to up to 80 points a day for the daily amount of tracked activity you do (biking, walking, running, swimming and other forms of exercise).
• Earn up to 6 points per day for the activities you do fewer times a day (like logging your meals, recording your weight, or taking your blood pressure).
• We now pay you $10 for every 10,000 points you earn, instead of making you wait to accrue 25,000 points before you earn $25.
• You might notice that you earn points more slowly. This allows us to let you earn unlimited rewards and stay motivated to keep doing healthy activities as part of your daily lifestyle. So, we think that’s a good thing.
• In addition, we’re adding new programs that offer extra opportunities for you to earn cash or rewards on top of your baselineAchieveMintpoints. Stay tuned for more information about contributing to clinical studies through our newAchieveMintStudies product!
• Points expire one year from the date they are earned.
We’re also introducing the newest version of ourAchieveMintappfor iOS. It’s a convenient way to integrate with Apple Health, earn points faster and get on-the-go updates.
Your friends atAchieveMint
I'd received over $100 in payouts from Achievemint before I received a nice email saying I'd hit their threshold and I wasn't able to earn any more rewards. I was disappointed, but totally understood. I knew there was a waiting list, and this would allow more people into the program. That's fair. I never disconnected my Fitbit or other apps (Instagram/Twitter), and I guess I was still earning points, even though it wasn't toward a payout. When I received the email above, I went ahead and logged into my account and had enough points to redeem a reward! I've requested it ... and now I'm waiting, and my remaining points are progressing toward earning again ...
As the email above stated ... Achievemint has adjusted how activities earn. I don't remember exactly what earned how much before, but I do know these amounts are a bit less, but you can still earn almost 100 per day. I weigh in everyday (on my Fitbit Aria, linked to my Fitbit account), my Fitbit records my sleep, I enter food on MFP (which is an app option to add on Achievemint) which syncs with my Fitbit and ends up here. Of course Fitbit counts my steps and active minutes. I also post on Instagram and Twitter daily, and get a little kickback from that. Here's a quick snapshot of my recent account activity ...
I did add the Acheivemint app to my iphone. There are a bunch of apps that Achievemint accepts data from, so be sure to check out what is available and make sure you are linked up!
Sign up with this link and get 250 points to start you off!
So ... any other Achievement people receive the email I did? As I AM the go-to girl, I did hear back from family that some accounts still say "you have reached the reward threshold" but I did a quick email to the company asking about this (and got a very fast response too! Thanks Achievemint!) saying that this is temporary, that everyone is earning toward a reward at this point and that should be updated in the next couple weeks. So earn away! I'll update when I receive my most recent reward! ;)
**I received my email about my awards on Friday, June 10, so it took under a month. It's a GiftRocket card, which can be applied to your bank account, credit card, or for an Amazon gift card. I requested one as an Amazon gift card, and received my claim code (and claimed it) a couple hours later. The bank transfer takes a couple of days ...
***Update November 17, 2016. Hit my 10k. Redeemed and received my reward the next day!
****Update March 23, 2017. I hit my 10,000 and redeemed my award and received it the SAME DAY! Paypal has been added as a reward payout option.