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A New Year’s Resolution Roundup Part One

Yesterday, I posted my own goals for the year 2010. Pronounced ‘twenty-ten’, or better still just ‘ten,’ not like someone will ask what century you’re talking about. Today, I’d like to share some goals or resolutions, if you must, of some of my fellow PF bloggers.


(This dollar is not photoshopped. I got it while in NYC last weekend, and believe it’s the Big Guy’s ™ way of telling me to call this decade simply ’10’)

Let’s start with Kelly at The Centsible Life who declares with conviction 2010 is gonna rock! Kelly has two groups of goals, first those for her website, and then goals for herself and family. Even if you are not a blogger yourself, her personal goals are worth a look, she really has her priorities in order.

Next, Trent at The Simple Dollar had four goals spread out over as many posts. He plans to lose 40 pounds (makes the 10-15 I need to lose a bit more manageable), pay cash for a replacement truck, learn to play the piano, and reduce entertainment and hobby spending by 50%. I know quite a few people who’ve mention the need to drop a few pounds, maybe we can all compare notes and specific goals for the year.

At Don’t Mess With Taxes, Kay Bell has a short list, ‘Get Organized.’ I’m good with that. For me, the first step was to keep the clutter from growing. I’m in the midst of my own ongoing organization battle. Let’s see how we all get organized this year.

Flexo at Consumerism Commentary offers a nice mix of income goals, investing goals, and personal. There’s the desire to get in shape and to keep the place clean enough to have company on short notice. We’ll all be buff and neat by ’11.

Kelly at Almost Frugal posted her New Years Goals and Resolutions, and a recap of her ’09. In a minimalist approach, she has just three; sticking to a zero balanced budget (i.e. tracking every penny. An excellent way to understand where it all goes), to give something, every week, and to keep stress from affecting her personal life. Good luck, Kelly, sounds great to me.

New Year’s Financial Resolutions: Resolve to Take Baby Steps by Amanda at My Dollar Plan is a focused finance-centric list of how to get your finances in order over the next year. She addresses debt,  saving, income, and investing in one’s own future. Not sure if it’s polite to ask her if she’s in great shape or just decided to stick to finance for the goals.

Another excellent 8 Financial Resolution Ideas for 2010 in an article by Kathryn at Million Dollar Journey. She includes some of the usual suspects, tracking spending, max out your pretax accounts, etc, but also includes two easily overlooked goals; Write or re-write your will, and save up for something fun. Great advice. I’d add that while your reviewing your will, you should also check the beneficiaries listed on your retirement plans.

Too many great lists to call it quits, I’ll complete the round up next week.


  • JOE January 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    If you achieve 3/4 of them, you’ll have done more than most people. I’m looking forward to a mid-year update on your progress!

  • Kelly January 3, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my goals! Some people have said I’m in a little over my head, but that’s the way I like it. 🙂

  • Mizé January 3, 2010, 2:09 pm

    As you probably know, I´ve been a regular reader of you blog since I first found it trough EC. I really enjoy PF topics, so much that I started my own simple blog about it. I´m going to add a list of PF blogs I enjoy to my blog. I don´t see a blogroll here in your blog so I decided to ask you if I can add your link to my blog.
    Regards, Mizé

  • Mrs. Money January 3, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Hi Joe! I just found your blog and I’m checking it out. Nice roundup here. 🙂

  • JOE January 3, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Of course I recognize you. Thanks for visiting and for the link.

  • Robyn - CCD January 4, 2010, 7:06 am

    The dollar bill – WOW !
    -10 it must be for you, it would make me think of Pearl Jam everytime I said it so twenty ten is still good for me.

    “Kathryn at Million Dollar Journey….Write or re-write your will”
    – Damn that’s part of my next post!

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