There's an application for your resolution

POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- Making a New Year's resolution is the easy part. The challenge is keeping it.

but in this digital age there are all kinds of tools to help you succeed.

"any time someone is tracking what goes in their mouth and being accountable for that, they're at a better weight, they're learner, they're healthier, and so to have that in your hand, it's just nice to do that," Jenny Snider, a Weight Watchers group leader said.

New smart phone apps make successful resolutions just a 'tap' away.

Like "Lose it!", that turns weight loss into a game. You're given a certain amount of calories to eat everyday, and all you have to do is type in your food and the app has its own nutrition and calorie database. Eat your allotted calories and you'll watch the pounds fall off.

But after an expensive holiday season, your finances may need some help. And guess what? There's an app for that, too.   

"This helps prevent people from making overdrafts. If people are able to make better decisions based upon their balances, that's going to help save them money," Mike Penix with Members Choice Federal Credit Union said.

Need help with your budget but hate tracking?

Check out "Mint." This secure tracker syncs with your bank account and automatically places your spending in to categories, helping you to see where your money goes each month.

Not sure how safe these apps may be? Well, banks say the best thing to do is change your password periodically and make sure to log out of an app or online site that has your personal information on it  and put a lock on your phone. That way if anything happens to your phone, your information is still safe.


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