Us bloggers love creating resolutions (I’m sure you’ll be reading a slew of resolution posts in the next couple of weeks ) so I’ve come up with a short list of ideas that might just improve your life and budget over the next year…
To Lose Weight and Save Money:
*Make exercise a social activity- Convert your shopping or happy hour friends into a walking partner. You won’t need to spend money in order to see each other and you might just get healthier along the way!
*Stop buying food that you don’t need- Packaged snacks, extra meals (in case of apocalypse?), and desserts are totally out for 2011. Instead of piling up your cart with brightly colored boxes, make a list (mental is fine) of meal ingredients and stick to it!
More Thrifty Ideas:
*Learn a new skill- Do I hear DIY? Can you imagine helping to tile your son’s bathroom in twenty years and saying, “piece of cake, I learned how to do it in 2011!” Remember there will probably be sewing, caulking, or sodding mistakes along the way, but those money saving skills will last a lifetime.
*Get bold- I promise, you can be polite and make friends AND get what you want. For 2011, try practicing using a few key phrases like, “is that the best price you can give me?,” “do you offer any discounts for x, y, or z?,” and “ Believe me, once I left behind the shy part of my personality, I never looked back!
*Explore your area- Can a few fun day trips replace an exotic vacation this year? Why not forget about your old routines once in a while and follow local coupons to new restaurants and businesses?
Are you planning any changes to save money in 2011?