It’s the first Monday of 2016, and what better time to start fresh with a New Year’s resolution — to make a change you’ve been wanting to make but have been putting off?
I know that many people shy away from making resolutions because, “I know I’ll just break them.“ Well, maybe we’re making the wrong resolutions! Maybe the resolution shouldn’t be, “I’m going to go on a diet and lose 30 pounds,” but should be, “I’ll commit to eating healthier overall and exercising more often.” That’s a harder resolution to “break,” and even if you slip up, you don’t have to throw up your hands and say, “Well, I blew it already! Nevermind…I quit!” Instead, with the more vague resolution, you can keep plugging away at it all year, and by years’ end, you may not have lost the entire 30 pounds, but chances are, you will have lost SOME of the weight…maybe even more than you originally hoped for!
QR has hundreds of cashback shopping stores, so if you need something to get started on your resolution, don’t forget to shop through our site to activate cashback. (Which will also help if one of your resolutions is to spend your money more wisely! You’ll be building a little savings nestegg for the next holiday, vacation, birthday, or other special event coming up for you in 2016!
Here are a few suggestions for stores to check out:
Resolving to improve your finances? Save money with our printable grocery coupons (new coupons added weekly, plus email QR Support after you redeem them to let them know how many you used – you’ll earn $.05 per coupon you redeem!). Save money on entertainment, dining out, and local retail sales and services through coupons in the Entertainment Book (5% cashback) and through deals at Groupon (2% cashback) and Living Social (1% cashback). Restaurant.com (5% cashback) is another way to dine out cheaper. And be sure you take advantage of all of the different ways to earn on QuickRewards: surveys, paid videos, internet radio, offer portals, tasks, and more!
Resolving to get healthier? For vitamins and supplements, check out QR’s link to Drugstore.com (5% cashback) or Puritan’s Pride (6% cashback), see Sears for treadmills and bikes (1.2% cashback), and for workout wear, visit Sports Authority (2.5% cahback). Both Drugstore.com and Walgreens (1.5% cashback) have a variety of stop-smoking products like gum, lozenges, and patches. Also, check Groupon (2% cashback) for a variety of local spa and health club deals and nationwide deals on products like juice cleanses and essential oils!
Resolving to get organized? For time management, try Calendars.com and Franklin Planner (both 5% cashback), for garage and home storage solutions, try HomeDepot (1.8% cashback), and for office/home office organizational products, go to Office Depot (2% cashback), Staples (2.5% cashback), and Quill (1% cashback). Wilson’s Leather (3% cashback) has some very nice briefcases and computer bags!
Resolving to learn something new? Barnes and Noble (1.5% cashback) sells the Rosetta Stone foreign language programs and many “learn how to” books, you’ll find educational videos on a variety of topics at the National Geographic Store (4% cashback), and Joann offers over 200 online courses on cooking and crafting (no cashback on the classes, but 2% on the supplies for them!).
Resolving to travel more? Get travel ideas and reviews from TripAdvisor (10qp to visit daily), then book your entire vacation package through Southwest Airlines Vacations (1% cashback). Prefer to book airline, hotel, and rental car separately? You’ll earn cashback from Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz. (I use Priceline‘s Name Your Own Price for rental cars, with 1.1% cashback!) Save money on attractions in major cities by buying a CityPass (100 tokens per dollar). Prepay for airport parking at Airport Parking Reservations (10% cashback). Prefer camping? Get RV parts and other camping supplies from Camping World (2% cashback).
Whatever your new year’s resolutions may be, I wish you great success and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!