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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution-Updated Strategies

Updated on August 27, 2017
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I was a registered nurse for 25+ years. Working mainly in the operating room, I've been everything from staff nurse to Director of Nursing.

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Here we go again! Time to make our New Year's resolutions. Statistics show that although many people make New Year's resolutions, few find the means to achieve them. One article I read stated that up to 45% of Americans will make a New Year's resolution. Of that 45%, just under half of them are still going after 6 months. In other words, approximately 1 in 5 Americans find it within their power to keep their resolution.

Work and family obligations, lack of planning, lack of resolve, life changes and lack of support are some of the reasons people give up on their New Year's resolutions. Many people set unrealistic goals and so become discouraged. Here are some new ideas to help you keep these old resolutions.

New Year's Resolution #1-Earn More Money

This is one resolution we would all like to keep. Was it a year of lay-offs, cut-backs and foreclosures. Let's makenext year a new beginning and resolve to earn more money. I know, I know...much easier said than done. Here are some fresh approaches, along with some tried and true methods, on ways to earn money.

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You don't even have to know how to drive!
You don't even have to know how to drive! | Source

Part-Time Job

One of the first methods people try to get some extra cash is to find a part-time job. While part-time jobs are becoming much scarcer than they used to can still find one if you are lucky. Keep your eyes open and maintain your networking! You just may find what you are looking for.

Living Statue

The kids love it!
The kids love it! | Source

Living Statue

If, like so many these days, you have looked and looked for that part-time job to no avail, you may want to try a more creative approach. Create your own job. The picture above shows a fast and fun method to get some quick cash. Become a "living statue".

Pick a busy intersection, park or other area with many people walking around. Paint yourself gold, silver or grey and set yourself on a pedestal. Put out a container for money and place a sign up stating "$1 to make man/woman move" can pick the price yourself. Then stay very, very still. When someone pays,'s that simple.

Children love this and will beg their parents to pay again and again. You should find a costume that allows you to look more like a statue...indians and soldiers work well. I personally have paid to watch people do this. My children found it very amusing, and even now that they are older they still love to see the "statue" come alive.

NOTE: It is useful to practice your moves doing the "robot" before you set yourself on the pedestal, but not required.

Buy Less-Live More

Start a Religion

L. Ron Hubbard did it
L. Ron Hubbard did it | Source

Start a Religion

Throughout the history of man, starting a religion has proven to be a very profitable endeavor.  Are you a leader?  Do you have a vision?  If the answers are yes, than you too can begin to build your empire...ooops, I mean religion.

Most religions can have non-profit status, so you can pay yourself a whopping salary while giving a few pennies to the masses.  Just watch TV or look around and you can see several examples of how it is done.


Sell From Home
Sell From Home | Source
You could make a bundle!
You could make a bundle! | Source

Sell Some of Your Old Stuff

Many people make extra money selling their old and unused items. There is an old man's junk is another man's treasure. Just because you don't use it or don't want it doesn't mean someone else will not buy it.

Look around your house, in your storage and in your garage. Usually you can find something to sell. If you have lived in the same place for many years you probably have several things you don't use anymore. Holding a garage sale is a good way to sell your unwanted items. If this is too much work for you, just take a picture and list it on a site like ebay.

Soon, you will be rid of those items you no longer need...someone else will be happier...and you will have some extra money. A win-win situation for everyone. Just look how happy the man to the right is...he just made a bundle selling his wife and child.

Don't Get Caught!


Get Money

There is one more method of getting some extra money...but, if you are caught you won't be needing it.


New Year's Resolution #2-Spend Less Money

Every year we decide we need to reduce our debt and spend less money. You thought you had cut every corner possible, but have you ever tried these ideas?

Other Types of Meat


Save on Meat

Many recipes will be just as tasty using a less expensive cut of meat. Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a good alternative for boneless skinless chicken breasts. I can often find thighs on sale for $0.99 cents a pound. So much better for the budget! A bonus is that chicken thighs will remain juicier than breasts when cooked.

Top round steak may be thin or thick. A thicker cut is often referred to as "London Broil". This cut is excellent grilled. During the summer months this cut of beef will often sell for $3.99 a pound. I have made this for friends when I barbecue and it is always a great favorite.

I try to buy a cut that is between 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Season it or marinade it as you would with a more expensive cut. Cook it on the grill for 10 minutes, turn and cook for 10 minutes more for medium rare. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting it. Slice it thinly across the grain for a delicious meal.

Save Money on Furniture

Are your kids always sitting around?  Do they complain when you ask for help with the daily chores?  Here is a way to let them stay in one place and earn their allowance.

Child Furniture

Children make wonderful seats.
Children make wonderful seats. | Source

Save Money on Car Washes

Have you seen the price of a car wash recently?  Why spend all that money when there is a free wash at your local gas station.  Get the younger kids to do the tops, while the older ones do the sides.  Make it a game...first one done gets to ride shotgun.

Wash the Car

Much less expensive than the car wash!
Much less expensive than the car wash! | Source


Look at all the nice flowers just laying around.
Look at all the nice flowers just laying around. | Source

Save Money on Flowers

Flowers are a wonderful gift for so many special occasions.  But they are so darn expensive!  Have you ever driven past a graveyard and noticed all the beautiful flowers just laying around on the ground?  Why should all of these flowers go to someone who cannot express their gratitude?  Take some home and spread the joy!  

NOTE:  I had a friend in high school who got his mother flowers in this manner for Mother's Day one year.  He did not realize he had been seen and identified until the police showed up at his house later that day.  Needless to say his mother was no longer thrilled to have received the flowers.

New Year's Resolution #3-Lose Weight

Every year millions of people resolve to lose weight.  Diet and exercise, while proven to work, are found too difficult to do for many people.  Everyone looks for a quick and easy solution.  Here are some suggestions for the coming year.


One sure-fire method of losing weight and keeping it off is to acquire a tapeworm infection.  Soon all of your friends will be asking you for the secret of your weight loss.  I recommend keeping this secret!  

Get Rid of Some Extra Body Parts

Many people have considered liposuction, but how many have thought of amputation as a way to lose some pounds quickly?  Liposuction is (basically) an amputation of your why not take it one step further.

Join the Military

Several people have told me that boot camp is a great way to lose weight. You get to meet many new people and there is a lot of support. Their motivational experts are supposed to be some of the best in the world! And you get much more could you ask for?

12 oz Curls

If you don't really want to lose weight, but you make this New Year's resolution due to someone else's nagging, you may want to begin the oft used exercise known as the 12 oz curl.  These are very easy and can even be done watching TV.  Many people state that this exercise actually increases the amount of enjoyment they get from watching TV.

12 oz Curls


Burn Those Calories


Good Luck

I hope some of these suggestions have helped you in deciding on workable ways to keep your New Year's resolutions.  Whether you decide to make a New Year's resolution this year or not, I wish you all good luck in the coming year. 

Good Luck!



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      Kari Poulsen 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Eiddwen! I'm going to check you out too. :D

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      I loved this hub as you have put a lot of work into it and it is very well written . I have only just found you on here and I will be back in a bit to read more of your work. Thank you for sharing and take care

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Epiphany, She looks very intent on cleaning it, doesn't she? Thanks!

      Lita, Thank you! I laughed at that one also. :D

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed this hub. It is well-written as it is well organized in text and visuals. I laughed with the tapeworm suggestion for weight loss. Thanks for sharing this secret!

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      Epiphany99 7 years ago from TN

      I digg this articles especially of the little girl washing the car. So, 1 in 5 fail to keep their goals. I like the way you adventure out with this piece, very interesting.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Happy New Year ralwus! I like your ideas on saving money! I may have to try those myself. I lost my marbles years's not so bad. LOL

      freesongz, LOL, maybe you should resolve to remember...if you remember to. :D

      jenniferhughs, Glad I got you laughing! Thanks.

      Happyontheinside, LOL, Keep up the good work! :D

      Nicks, Seems Happyontheinside has what it takes! :D

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Happy New Year Jess! LOL, Maybe you could try being a living fountain?

      mpurcell, I hope he liked it, also. Thanks!

      Alivetus, I'm happy I you had some chuckles!

      thewayeyeseeit, I'm glad you got a laugh. It's never healthy to take ourselves tooo seriously. :D

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      I reckon the best New Year's resolution - is to make no resolution. This may prove more difficult than you imagine but it is worth trying if you have strong willpower...

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      Katrionawrites 7 years ago from Scotland

      I made a resolution three years ago not to make any more resolutions...I've kept it ever since ;)

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      jenniferhughs 7 years ago

      What a sense of humor, I am still laughing. Stay happy in 2010 we can all use some good cheer!

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      Varun Sharma 7 years ago

      Whats my resolution? Oh, i forgot! LOL :P

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Oh this is too funny k@ri. I have decided to forgo all birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines Day, and Christmas this year to save money. I don't know if I can do it without being killed, but I can try. I could sell off some of my treasured junk, but then I would not be happy, I'd feel lost without my marbles and cap guns and such. Same thing with my stamp collection. What's a feller to do? Happy New Year!

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      thewayeyeseeit 7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks for the good laugh. We tend to take ourselves way to seriously, dont' we?

      Happy New Year!

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      Titus Gonzales Abdon 7 years ago from Philippines

      I can't keep up with my annual resolutions but I had a chuckle or two in your videos. Happy chuckling this New Year 2010. HO>>HO>>HO..

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Love it. I had to share this with husband it was so funny.

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      I have to pee way too often to be a living statue and I have my own ways to save meat, as you might well imagine, or maybe best not. Personally I think that New Years Resolutions are a great way to put off changing behaviors that should be addressed NOW. Happy New Year, K@ri

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Betty, I'm glad you liked them...I love that Miller ad also! :D

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Resolution time again. Ugh. I enjoyed your suggestions and images, especially the Miller ad.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Mit, I'm glad you like it! :D

      Gail, Did you make a resolution this year? Thanks for reading! :D

      xunlei, Thanks! Let me know what your resolution is. :D

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      xunlei 7 years ago


      it is great !

      I will keep you posted!

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      Gail S 7 years ago

      Great fun! I enjoyed this immensely!

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      Mit Kroy 7 years ago from Georgia,USA

      Good one!

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Katrina, Sounds like you are off to a good start! They say the best way to keep your resolution is to break it down into achievable goals and have a clear plan. Good Luck!

      Patti Ann, I'm glad you got a good laugh! Laughter is one of the most wonderful things on earth. :D

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much for this hub - I really needed a good laugh. You made my day!

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      Karina S. 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub, right time! I already made my New Year's resolutions, and this year I am going to stick with them.

      My #1 resolution is spend less money. I don't want to work more,so I am creating new budget and reading hub pages about cutting corner and saving money. Thanks again, for great hub. Love, K.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      emohealer, Thanks, I'm glad you got a laugh! I hope you don't mind if I copy your resolution. :D

      Haunty, LOL, Flowers are indeed expensive...just don't get caught like my friend did. :D

      Bbodoyono, Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

      Dale, You are much too kind! I'm glad it made you laugh. :D

      Violet, She makes me laugh also. I too love to give and get flowers...but...getting them from an online source is probably safer! :D

      ethel, I'm glad you liked it...and good luck with your new Empire! LOL

      alekhouse, Thanks! I liked emohealer's resolution, although I resolved long ago not to make resolutions. :D

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very funny. Really enjoyed your hub. Don't think I'll make any resolutions this year!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great fun. I think I will start a new Empire, whoops religion in the New Year. Like the cartoons.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      LOL! What a terrfific hub, K@ri! The photo of the scary bears looking woman by the cementary with the flowers made me chuckle. I love, love to give flowers, often order them online and surprise friends and family.

      Thumbs up!

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      What a terrific hub. You have mixed in truth, honesty, fun and humor.

      The pics, videos and text are all great. This is one of the funnest hubs I have read in a long time.

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      Bbudoyono 7 years ago

      Very well written and inspiring too. Thanks for this great hub. I agree with emohealer. I admire the way your compile article, picture , and cartoons.

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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      I think this hub goes in tandem with the one that focuses our intent on our purpose. I loved both. :)

      And this is very practical too. Flowers are indeed veery expensive. Thank you, Kari. :)

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      LOL, Good one Kari!!! Very tounge in cheek with the reality "check", perfect timing, I really enjoyed the pics, cartoons and videos, a great job putting this compilation together. About the part time job, I am not quite ready to do the human statue yet...Hmmmmm. In respect to my New Years Resolution, I think you have succeeded in encouraging me to make mine to like me just the way I am! Happy Holidays and Best of wishes with your Resolutions!