Every year, you take stock of your life, and pick one area you’d like to change in the new year. Want washboard abs? You set a goal to go the gym more. Struggle to pay off your credit cards? You resolve to better manage your money. Well, no matter what your New Year’s resolution is this year, here are some ideas from our fave blogs on how to make and actually stay true to your aspirations!
New financial goals are always a popular resolution, because the new year is the perfect time to revamp your money management style. However, there are some money resolutions that Wise Bread suggests you skip in 2015. These include buying a brand new car (they always depreciate in value), withholding too much in taxes, and borrowing from your retirement account. If you want to succeed in a sticking to a budget, try setting specific and easily obtainable goals for yourself - that way you’re more likely to achieve your resolution of being more financially comfortable!
If you’re like most Americans, by the time February rolls around, you’ve long forgotten your New Year’s resolution. MoneyNing notes that in order to achieve your goals, you need to have more than just motivation (which will only inspire you to take action in the very beginning). The true key to success is to pair your motivation with discipline. If you make your New Year’s resolution goals a part of your life and remain focused, you’re much more likely to stick to them.
Are you a serious traveler? Then, you should read the list of 5 inspiring resolutions for 2015 that EcoSalon put together, including leaving your comfort zone, sticking to a realistic budget, unplugging while you’re away, and choosing the right travel companions. They also suggest trying to support the local economy wherever you travel to. Whatever your destination may be in the new year, follow these resolutions to have an amazing trip!
Another favorite New Year’s resolution is to get in shape. However, with the annual price of a gym membership costing around $700, you might need to look into other options that will better fit your budget. DailyFinance has some great ideas, like free workouts from the app, Sworkit, or the BeFit channel on YouTube. Both of these options are super convenient, since you can take them with you on the go. Turns out you can get fit without draining your wallet!