You snooze you lose... money, that is. If you're anything like me, the snooze button is the only reason you're ever awake before noon most days. Let's be honest, without it we would all probably immediately turn off the first alarm and wake up to our bosses calling us two hours later. It is possible to get a little addicted, but luckily, now there's an app for that: the new iCukoo alarm clock donates to charity every time you hit snooze. And it's free to purchase in the app store!According to the Huffington post, the app was released last week in the U.K. You can set it up to donate to one of five charities: Starlight Children's Foundation, Parkinson's UK, the National Literacy Trust, Prostate Cancer UK, and Maggie's. It's super easy: you set the alarm, pick a charity, and decide how much money each snooze press is worth. When your snoozes add up to £1, the app sends a text confirming whether you want to donate that much or continue letting the money add up. It's probably not great for your wallet to let the snoozes add up indefinitely (plus, the snooze button isn't actually great for your sleep cycle), so now you have an incentive to get out of bed. But if you want to sleep in a little longer, you can feel good about that too! It's basically a win-win.
This isn't the first app to let users donate to charity, either. If you're looking to start working charity into your daily life, here are a few other easy options:
If you're a runner, biker, or just walk a lot, you can earn up to 25 cents for a charity of your choice for every mile you cover with this app. Plus, this one's also free to purchase!
This app works on the idea that lots of small donations of $3 and $5 can add up to bigger change. It reminds you that "instead" of buying coffee, for instance, you can provide clean water for three people around the world.
Google's One Today app features a new charity every day. It's pretty simple: if you like the cause, you donate.
Donate a Photo
Perfect for those of us who are addicted to Instagram, Donate a Photo users can share a photo a day, and earn $1 for various charities.
These are just a few of my favorites; there are plenty more charity apps out there. As of right now, the iCukoo is only available in the U.K., but hopefully they'll develop in the U.S. soon for all of us over-sleepers on this side of the Atlantic.