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Monday, January 7, 2013

Four Frequent New Year’s Resolutions (And How to Achieve Them!)


Happy New Year from the Tiger Leasing team! Many people create New Year’s resolutions, but did you know that not many people stick to them? According to a study from 2012’s resolutions, only eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution. If you’re not a part of that small percentage, don’t get discouraged. You can still make a resolution for 2013! In honor of the New Year, we put together this list of four frequent New Year’s resolutions and tips on how you can achieve them.

Get Fit
Weight loss is a very common New Year’s resolution. Overeating during the Holidays can lead to some unwanted weight so many people make it their goal to lose that weight and more during the New Year. Several gyms offer promotional membership prices in January to draw people in, but not many people continue going to the gym beyond January. Getting in shape is a good resolution to have, but how can you stick to it? Here are some tips:
  • Set a definite date that you want to lose X amount of pounds by so you have something to work towards. Setting mini goals along the way is also beneficial because it can help break down your ultimate goal.
  • Eliminate any temptations from your house. Foods like cookies, cakes, sugary drinks, chips and empty calorie items will get in the way of your weight loss goals.
  •  Document your food intake and daily activity. This way you will be able to compare what and how     much you eat compared to your amount of daily activity.
  • Take photographs each week as you are working towards your goal. Remember, pictures don’t lie!


Save Money
Excessive spending and the strain the Holidays puts on our wallets can be why saving money is a frequent New Year’s resolution. Making a conscious effort to create good financial habits will not only fulfill your resolution, but will benefit you throughout the rest of your life. Here are some easy ways you can save money this year and beyond:

·         Give your budget some wiggle room- Instead of calculating your budget down to the penny, give yourself a range of what you can spend every week or month.
·         Calculate purchases in terms of hours worked- When you’re debating whether or not to buy something you don’t necessarily need, such as a pair of shoes, calculate how many hours of work it would take to buy that item. Is that pair of shoes really worth four hours of work?
·         Stick to your list- Food is obviously a necessity, but creating a list and sticking to it is an easy way to keep you from racking up a huge bill. Making a list only takes a few minutes, but it can save you a lot of money in the long run!
·         Going cash only- If you are going shopping, consider taking a set amount of cash with you. It’s easy to spend freely with credit cards, but with cash you are literally handing over your payment so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Travel More
Like any New Year’s resolution, sticking to your traveling resolutions requires time and planning ahead. The first thing you need to do is pick a specific location. Ask yourself, “What is a city that I have always wanted to go to, but never have?” Once you pick where you want to go, there are baby steps to work towards your travel goals.
  • Pick a time to travel- When do you want to go on your trip? Over the summer? The Holidays? Your birthday? Once you pick when you want to travel, it will be easier to make the rest of your travel plans.
  • Make an agenda- After choosing your location and travel date you are able to make an agenda of activities. Lucky for you the Internet will be a huge assistance for this step! Many cities have Websites of activities they offer, as do hotels and resorts. Travel forums are also a great place to research and read about peoples' personal experiences and reviews.
  • Save early- Once you learn how much plane tickets and accommodations cost, you can start saving. Cut unnecessary spending, such as multiple nights out each week or shopping sprees, and put that money in your travel fund instead.

Learn Something New
When was the last time you did something for the first time? If you can’t remember, this might be a good resolution for you! Learning new things challenges your body and mind and you may even discover some hidden talents! Here are some new things you could learn to do in 2013!

·         Learn a new language
·         Plant your own fruit and vegetable garden
·         Learn to knit, sew or crochet
·         Change your own oil
·         Learn how to can food
·         Take a yoga class

What is your resolution for the New Year? Share your resolution with us via a comment or on our Facebook page and tell us how you plan on sticking to it! 

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