It’s that time again. 2013 is right around the corner, and many of you are no doubt pondering over your New Year’s resolution. Instead of vowing to lose weight again, try some fun money saving resolutions instead. Here are a few New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started:
“I will learn to cook_____.” Have you always wondered how to make your own salad dressing? Cook a completely vegan meal? Or cook the perfect steak? Sure you have. This year, make it your New Year’s resolution to cook ‘that thing’ that you always wanted to make. Cooking things on your own instead of buying them at the restaurant or grocery store is one of the simplest ways to save money. Make this a lifetime goal of yours to learn to cook.
“I will learn to crochet, can, make soap, sew, play guitar, garden, etc.” In 2013, vow to learn the crafts of your forefathers. Less than 100 years ago, when life was a little simpler, grocery stores and Walmarts weren’t as available as they are today. As a result, our grandfathers and grandmother’s knew how to do almost everything themselves. They quilted, played instruments, canned their own foods, and had their very own victory garden. They were independent and lived frugally. Learn from their lifestyle and reclaim your own independence. Invest in yourself and learn a new trade. New skills mean new life experiences, and who know? Maybe even a side business.
“I will read more books.” Reading is a great way to expand your mind, learn something new, and explore your imagination. Plus, an interesting book makes for great conversation at parties. Another added benefit to reading is that its cheap. Reading books is probably the cheapest form of entertainment available. Used books on Amazon are super cheap. Nowadays, you can even obtain free or cheap books digitally through you Kindle or iPad.
“I will give back to my community and volunteer.” In the documentary Happiness, psychologists noted that giving back to our community is one of the best things people could do in order to be happy. Maybe it’s because of the way human beings are wired, but humans are indeed communal animals and enjoy helping others. It gives us a sense of purpose and well-being. With that in mind, one of the best and most fulfilling things you can do in 2013 is to volunteer and help the needy. Start with an organization that you believe in or try your local soup kitchen. Volunteering will not only help you give back to mankind and make new friends, but it will also help you to appreciate what you already have. Chances are you won’t want to go on a shopping spree after you feed a homeless family a wonderful hearty meal.
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