New Years Goals: From The Readers

Do you ever feel like you should be going out to do something big just because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do? For example, tonight is New Year’s Eve, so I feel like I should be going to the party I was invited to, because it’s NYE and you’re not supposed to stay home, right? Eh, I dunno. Honestly, what I want to do is stay home and relax so that’s what I’m going to do. (Sorry Laura and Katie…)

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I guess I don’t get too crazy about New Years. I feel like it’s just another day and 2014 will be there in the morning. I don’t buy into all the “new year, new me” hype and I don’t believe I’m going to wake up on January 1st and change my entire life to be exactly how I’ve always wanted it to be. I do however believe that the start of a new year is a good time to reassess your goals, motivate yourself, and start fresh!

I asked some Simply Savers about their New Years goals & resolutions and here’s what they had to say:

De-clutter and purge around the house, eat less foods with preservatives, and have more face to face time with friends (as opposed to using Facebook/texting for connecting) –Laura

To fold laundry as it comes out of the dryer. –Christine

Bringing my lunch to work! –Matt

Getting serious on meal plans, bringing lunch to work, making a get out of debt schedule, sell/donate things around the house, volunteer work, readdressing premiums (car insurance/etc.), contributing to retirement, etc. There’s a lot more but I won’t bore you with my list. -Mariette

And here is my list…it’s a combination of goals, resolutions, and a To Do list:


  • Get into the habit of exercising regularly (wouldn’t be a New Year’s Resolution list without this one on there so we may as well get it over with first.)
  • Drink less pop. Much less.


  • Bring my lunch to work more. Ok, I lied, I bring it every day already. What I mean is, actually eat my lunch at work more instead of changing my mind to go out.
  • Pay off car by 2015. I have just over $14,000 left. This will be tough. I accomplished my first two goals rather quickly, but at the time I was still receiving a lot of money from the military. I’m on my own now though.
  • Don’t buy clothes! I don’t need any more!
  • Get better at remembering to adjust the thermostat before heading out. It’s programmed to my normal schedule, but I always forget to adjust it before going out at irregular times.
  • Have a huge garage sale in the summer. Now matter how early I have to get up and how much work it is, JUST DO IT.
  • Figure out how to get Target coupons to print at home. Not sure if it doesn’t work for me because I have a Mac, or why exactly…but I need to figure it out and get those savings!
  • Do enough sale shopping throughout the year that I am 100% set for Christmas by the beginning of December.


  • Finally put some simple plants in the planters in front of my house. Something super low maintenance.
  • Finally fix my internet. It’s been problematic off and on for a few years now and every time I almost get around to fixing it, it starts working again. I don’t know why I’m so lazy about this…maybe because I don’t like dealing with things I don’t know how to do.
  • Fix backyard fence if my friend is still able to help. It’s tipping over and just needs to be picked up and planted back down again.
  • Line gap under deck with pavers or lattice to Max can’t get under there to murder bunnies.
  • Hold off on any huge projects or purchases this year, but make time for some of the small craft projects I’ve wanted to try.


  • Expand Simply Save to Twitter. Yup, it’s going to happen. I don’t even use Twitter personally, but I think the blog needs a presence there.
  • There are some things I want to do with the Simply Save website itself but I don’t know how. I need to find and spend some time with someone who can show me these things. So if anyone out there is willing to spend an afternoon at coffee shop with me, I’ll buy the coffee!


  • Make an effort to spend more time with friends and family, despite my introverted habits. Host more get togethers. Travel a bit more to see family. (I feel guilty about this one already since I’m skipping a party tonight…) I will have more free time in 2014 than probably ever before and I need to spend it with the people who are important to me.
  • Check out Kiva. A friend keeps posting about it and it looks like something I should look into.
  • Get back into the habit of volunteering regularly. I used to volunteer monthly but started slacking when I started working at Target.
  • Arrange more play dates for my dog Max.
  • Watch less TV shows on Amazon and read more of the books I’m always dying to read.

None of these are incredibly difficult or life-altering. Paying off the car in the next 12 months will be a challenge, but I am up for it.) The common theme here is to do the things I’ve put off because I don’t know how to do them…gardening, fixing internet, revamping the blog etc. I put things off sometimes but I always end up feeling so much better once I get them done, so they are on the list!

Wish me luck and feel free to hold me accountable!

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