There is a program called Shape Up Rhode Island that kicks off every year in January. I've always wanted to participate in it because I love exercise, and I love competition (apparently). The competition thing is a recent revelation to me since I quit all sports by third grade, but it seems that when I'm competing at things I'm already good at, I get a bit crazy.
For $25, you sign up for Shape Up, and either pick a team or get placed on one. Then your teams compete to get the most steps and hopefully win the grand prize, which this year is a trip to Europe (note: it does not say where in Europe--I suspect Poland. Place your bets).
I've never participated before because I never wanted to pay the $25. Now, my employer is willing to pay that, and I found that there's another weight loss research study available, and I'm participating in that as well. All I have to do is track my calories and exercise, which I do anyway, and log it on their online platform. Then I have to check in four times and get weighed. I will earn between $1-$10 per week for 12 weeks, plus $25 each time I have to go there to weigh in and $50 for the final weigh in. It's not a ton of money, but it's also earning money for something I was planning on doing anyway, so it's pretty awesome!
It's always nice when a scheme just falls into your lap. I intend to put all this money in my travel fund, which hopefully will motivate me even more. Now if winter would just go away so I can run outside, I'll be all set.