Ask the Readers: What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for 2016?

By Ashley Jacobs on 5 January 2016 71 comments

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It's 2016! For many people, a new year signals a fresh start. It's a time when motivation is high and New Year's resolutions abound!

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Mami2jcn

No resolutions this year. I prefer to take the pressure off.

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Julie Wood

My New Year's Resolution is to eat healthy every day and get rid of the processed sugar in my diet.

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Gina

My resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, read more, and earn more money.

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Guest

My resolution is to try at least one new and different thing each month. I want to push myself out of the ordinary and humdrum this year. Even better is finding things to try that do not involve money.

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Emily S.

I'm allocating all of my bonus money to payoff my student loans, and we're saving to fund our 2017 wedding!

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Ernest S.

My New Year's resolution is to become fluent in another language.

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Elena

My resolution is to exercise more and at healthier

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JohnPN

Not to buy any expensive items and pay off all the debts other than Auto & Mortgage loan.

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Nathan

Our New Year's Resolution is to finally pay off all of our student loans!

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n210ss

My New Year's resolutions for 2016 are to exercise more and eat healthier!

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tiffany c

I am planning on exercising at least 4 x a week, also drinking more water, sleeping earlier and also spend more time playing with my kids!

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Evie B.

Eat more organic and drink more water.

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Laura J

My New Years resolution is to learn to cook healthier for my family! I have so much to learn!

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Elle

Get more sleep!

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Julie Lundstrom

My New Years resolution this year is to stop wasting and save money and to cook healthier meals for my family.

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Kim

Instead of a resolution I have a 'theme': mindfulness. I'm hoping to spend more time being aware of my surroundings and slowing down. This translates to some health-related goals like eating clean, being more in tune with when I'm full, and exercising more. This also is useful for saving money as I want to be more mindful of what I really need, if the purchase makes sense, etc.

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Amanda Sakovitz

My new years resolution is to be more confident

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Jeff

lose weight

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Susan P.

My resolutions for 2016 is to only spend money on necessities and to travel more using only sweepstakes wins (hotel stays, airline flights, GC, etc.).

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Rebecca Ross

To lose 60 pounds.

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Tracey

Becoming debt-free; Paying off everything (other than my home) and working towards putting more into savings and my IRA per month.

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mohammed said el jaoujat

My purpose for this year are:
-Start to control and manage my finances with a professional software
-Start a savings goal (52 week money challenge)
-study and learn how to invest better

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Kristin Goodson

My resolution is to start a new hobby. I would love to learn how to play the piano. I would also love to read more instead of watching Netflix at night.

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Kristin Goodson

I would love to start a new hobby and maybe learn to play an instrument this year. I also want to read more instead of watching Netflix at night.

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Donna Sako

Loose weight.

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Louly

My main thing is to take my health more seriously. You only have one body and you have to take care of it!

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Emily

Buy a second property and pay off my student loans!!

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Monique

I want to work on reading at least 2 books a month. I've selected books I know I'll be interested in and am making time to read before going to bed every night.

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Bekki

I didn't make any resolutions on New Years, but I do want to start running

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Renee

Invest more and read for pleasure more!

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Lucinda

Last year I decided to cut out cow and fast food from my diet. This year I'm cutting out pork and eating a handful of spinach everyday. It's going to be hard to cut out the bacon!

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Kat Skull

I'm choosing to live my life this year with the theme of "upgrade" in my back pocket. If I don't like something, I want to upgrade it so I do like it. Do my friends suck? Find other people that don't. Does my budget fall short each month? Take on a side-hustle to gather back the reigns. It's all about upgrading every shortcoming in the best way possible in order to adore the life I lead every day.

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Kimberly Kihega

My resolution is to quit smoking.

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Ronda

Be more financial savy. I'm close to being debt free but need to stay debt free.

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Bethany M

I want to exercise 5 days a week.

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Susan Smith

My resolution is to exercise daily and eat healthier

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Guest

I want to eat less fast food!

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Michelle D.

My new years resolution is to eat healthier and exercise daily.

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AN G

I make my resolutions in November. That way after the busy holiday, I have already been working on my new me. I found this way I have a better chance of keeping them and I can focus on other New year jobs like organizing.

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Suz_Glo

My #1 resolution is to adjust our family's diet to be more plant based, with less dairy and only 1-2 meals with meat a week. We are 50/50 right now with meat but I think we can eat even less and not truly miss it. But that means I need to find new recipes!

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Shannon S

Yes I do, I made a list breaking up my goals into weekly and monthly markers, I put it on my fridge so I see it daily, when I reach one I cross it off

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SKB

To try and do new things more often and get out of my rut.

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Jennifer R

my resolution is to TRAVEL MORE!!

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Erika

My resolution is to drink more water, play more with my children, and grow in my spiritual walk with the Lord.

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Raina

My resolution is to meet the man of my dreams and fall in love! Easier said than done haha

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Lynda

i resolve to not buy any clothes for 6 months (for now - up to 12 months if i can!)

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Hsien

save money and lose 20 pounds

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Catseye

My 2016 resolution is to complete my education so I can start next year with a full-time job that offers benefits. Health insurance would be nice, too.

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Stephanie G

My New Years resolution is to get in shape.

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Kristin J

My goal this year is to go down in a dress size!

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Kat

I'm not going to say anything negative about anyone.

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C Hui

My new years resolution is to clean my house.

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Mark C.

My resolutions are to eat better, get fitter and save money to buy a house.

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Ced

My new years resolution is to lose 10 pounds and start eating better.

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Holly Sanford

I have many resolutions but I think one of my most important ones is to stop using credit cards.

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Patrick

My resolutions are to go backpacking at least three times, lose at least 20 pounds, and pay at least an extra $10,000 toward my girls' 529s and my mortgage. If I do all three, it will be an outstanding year.

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Sarah

I am vowing to take better care of my skin and wear sunscreen daily.

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Betty

Smarter spending, no more mindless purchases. I'm eating healthier too.

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Liz

My new resolution is to pay off my credit cards, lose 30 pounds, eat healthy and start saving

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Natalie

I'm determined to get rid of at least one school loan of my husband's so that we can buy a home for our family. I plan on doing thag by budgeting and analyzing our spending.

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BRB

Find a new job!

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Martha

I'm working on fixing things whether it be small sewing projects, minor house repairs, or other. Maybe it is also a small part of an anti-procrastination self-improvement plan too.

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Guest

To sleep more and not buy any new clothes all year (beyond underwear). Thrift store finds are ok as the clothes aren't technically new

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Donna D

To get rid of extra or useless items in our house. They get donated if useful or trashed or recycled.

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Liisa R

To be better about getting dinner on the table each night while I'm in law school!

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Carmen N

Grow my business - and a few others that I have written down and S.M.A.R.T. goals

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Ana Lee

My resolution is to eat more organic fruits and veggies.

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Tabathia B

To stop procrastinating

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Happy Love

Add a new baby to our household without going into debt.

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Rich

This is the year that I want to get serious about eating healthier.

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Matt

To eat more healthy on a daily basis.

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Thomas Murphy

I want to exercise more