Finding extra motivation any way possible is excellent for staying committed to a regular fitness regime. According HealthyLiving.azcentral.com “Motivation is a necessary component of maintaining commitment to achieving your goals in many facets of life, whether related to work, family, relationship or fitness.” Qapital helps you save and get fit at the same time! By simply setting specific goals attached with a dollar amount (as little as $5) you automatically save each time you hit the gym!
Some highlights of the app include:
Qapital connects with Instagram via IFTTT
Love taking pictures of your cat? Every time you post to Instagram, you can trigger automated savings. Kitty bank!
Qapital connects with Twitter
Running in a local race? You could trigger automatic savings with every hashtag.
Qapital connects with Weather
Our developer, Anders, links his Qapital account with the weather in Paris. Every time the temperature rises over 60 degrees there, it triggers an automatic save toward a trip there.
Qapital connects with Facebook Always posting FB updates when you should be at work? Every time you post, you can “fine” yourself.
Continue reading the interview below with Qapital team to learn how this app can help you lose weight and save money!
NYFE: How did you come up with this app concept?
Qapital: Our CEO George Friedman and his team of creative designers and product builders wants to create an banking app that didn’t just show you your money but also let you set an attainable short-term goal and create new spending habits. They wanted to tie personal finance into people’s lifestyles’s weaving in their spending with the way they truly lived their lives, not the way banks think they should live their lives.
Users are able to tailor a unique and fun (yes, fun) savings plan that blends seamlessly into their lifestyle. Qapital enables them to set up “rules” that trigger automatic savings for a specific goal. As an example, every time a Qapital user buys a latte, she can trigger the “Guilty Pleasure” rule in the app to put the equivalent cost into an FDIC-backed Qapital account. They can also “Round Up” (depositing the change into their Qapital account) or “Set It and Forget It” (automated transfers).
Fitness is a part of people’s daily lives. When Qapital launched on the U.S. app store in March, it included an intergration with the activity app Moves, allowing people to tie their exercise routines to their personal savings goals. In June, we became the first personal finance/banking app to have an IFTTT channel — meaning that Qapital users can now tie their personal finance goals (a pair of new sneakers, a trip, a honeymoon) to over 187 apps on their phone, including Nike+, Jawbone, FitBit and others.
NYFE: Do you have any success stories that highlight a successful increase in bank accounts and decrease in waist lines?
Qapital: We’re news to the U.S. (just over four months) but we’ve been getting very positive feedback from our first users and via social. The team has been using the technology to save for personal goals from the app’s inception. Jane, our head of marketing, has connected her Qapital account to her Jawbone — every time she hits her fitness goals, she saves for the costs of getting a new dog. Let me know if you need more specific examples, I can ask the team!
NYFE: How has marrying weight loss goals and financial goals been successful for users?
Qapital: Again, we’re new — I’m using Moves to save for a new couch (my cat shredded our old one). I can say personally that I’ve saved $400 since starting with Qapital in May and I’ve lost 5 lbs :). We sponsored the Front Runners New York Pride Run last week and we’re looking forward to seeing how the runners, many of whom signed up for the app, respond!
NYFE: How has the public responded to Qapital?
Qapital: We’re been overwhelmed by the response. Young professionals or millennials really appreciate the concept of being more than just a bank balance. Frankly, no one likes looking at their monthly statement, it’s depressing. Qapital allows people to use their own money to achieve short term, life-enhancing goals, without having to put it on a credit card. For most millennials, their checking account IS their savings account. Less than 50% of millennials don’t even have a savings account at all. We believe you can you use your own money, no matter what you make, to save for the life you want.
For more information visit: https://www.qapital.com/
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