Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Why You Should Stick to Those New Year's Resolutions

If you are serious about your personal finance, it may be in your best interest to stick to a few of those New Year's resolutions that you made this year. While many make their resolutions in vain and give up after a few short weeks, choosing to stick with your resolutions can actually help you increase that personal net worth – even more so than switching car insurance policies or putting away an extra $5 a week. Here are a few ways that some of the most popular New Year's resolutions can save you money:

Losing Weight

Losing weight affects more than just your waistline. Choosing to shed a few pounds can actually save you a substantial amount of money long-term. In addition to reducing the amount of money spent on eating out and your regular grocery bill, choosing to lose weight will also reduce the amount you will spend at the doctor's office in the future. Having a lower BMI will also help you qualify for cheaper health insurance rates which can easily save you a couple hundred dollars a year.

Quitting Smoking

There is no denying that smoking is an expensive habit. Depending on where you live, a pack of smokes can reach nearly the $8 mark, and if you are a heavy smoker, that's over $200 a month you are spending on cigarettes. In addition to the outright cost of cigarettes, smoking can also lead to numerous health conditions that can lead to high medical bills in the future.

Getting Out of Debt

Sticking with your goal of getting out of debt is going to save you for obvious reasons – the quicker you pay down debt, the less money you will have to spend on high interest rates. However, paying down debt can help you save money in a few other, less known ways. By having a lower debt-to-income ratio, you are more likely to be approved to lower mortgage and car loan rates which will save you money, and it will also help you keep your credit score high which will keep you from having to pay steep deposits with your electric company or phone service provider.

We all want to keep our finances out of the red, and for many, choosing to stick to those New Year's resolutions is a great way to keep a few extra dollars in their pockets. So before you give up on that resolution yet again, think about how not choosing to follow through will affect your wallet. You just may find that the calculated dollar sign is enough motivation to push through.

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