What New Year's resolutions will you be making this year? Whatever you want to change, don't let it cost you. We've put our heads together to find some cheap ways to stick to common resolutions.
Many of us will be resolving to save money this year, but what about your other resolutions? We often aim to lose weight, get fitter, learn a new skill (to name but a few!) but these can end up having an impact on your bank balance. So how do we stick to these goals without letting our savings schedule taking the hit?
At goodtoknow we’re here to help, so we’ve picked some of the most common resolutions and come up with some clever ways of achieving these goals cheaply. Whether it’s avoiding costly gym membership fees, taking a bit more time to plan your healthy meals, or encouraging the kids to get crafty, we’ve got some great resolution ideas that will cost you less than you thought to achieve in the new year.
We know how important these new year’s resolutions can be to you, so as well as encouraging you to keep the cost of change down, we’ve also highlighted some useful features on the goodtoknow website which will help you to enjoy these changes, and stick to them, for the whole of 2014. Good luck and enjoy a happy new year at very little extra cost.
Whether you want to lose weight, tone up a bit or just exercise a bit more, getting fit is a New Year’s resolution that lots of us will be making.
The savvy way: Instead of joining a gym (which will cost you hundreds of pounds a year), find a cheap or free type of exercise that suits you. Jogging costs nothing, neither does walking or cycling if you’ve already got a bike.
How goodtoknow can help: Rather than joining a gym buy a fitness DVD on the cheap and exercise from your living room! Read our guide to the best fitness DVDs of 2014 here.
Fancy improving your baking skills? With just a bit of practice you can become confident in making cakes, biscuits, homemade sweets and loads more in no time.
The savvy way: Once you’re good at baking you can give food gifts as presents, which will save you money compared with lots of shop bought gifts.
How goodtoknow can help: There’s no need to splash out on an expensive cookbook, we’ve got hundreds of baking recipes you can use for free!
Making crafts at home is a great activity for kids that encourages their creative side. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a crafty person, there are lots of simple things you could make and do.
The savvy way: Crafts are a great way to entertain the kids without spending a fortune too.
How goodtoknow can help: Check out our crafts for kids page for some fab ideas.
Ever feel like you never get a moment to yourself? A bit of time to relax – even if it’s just a few minutes here and there – is really important. So if you often find yourself feeling frazzled, this is a good one for you.
The savvy way: Don’t think of it as a big challenge like needing to find hours or days to yourself – just go for small, achieveable things like having a bath or finding time to read for half an hour.
We all love having a party to look forward to, so if you’re planning a special do for your kids this year, we can help.
The savvy way: Kids’ parties range from a cheap get together in your back garden with a homemade cake, to blow-out parties with hired venues, entertainers and more. Plan ahead as far as you can and do what you can without paying anyone.
How goodtoknow can help: We’ve got loads of ideas for different themed parties in our children’s party section, so our ideas will help you plan a great day on a budget.
Surely this should be a New Year’s resolution for all of us – smile and laugh more!
The savvy way: Find the little things that make you happy, whether it’s watching your favourite films, spending time with your friends or chatting with the kids.
How goodtoknow can help: Our funny animal pics are bound to get you grinning!
You might have decided that it’s time you give up, or if you’re not a smoker perhaps you want to help a loved one give up. Make 2013 the year that it really happens.
The savvy way: This one’s a no brainer. Give up smoking and you won’t spend money on cigarettes.
How goodtoknow can help: We’ve got some great tips to help anyone who’s trying to give up smoking.
Healthy eating has loads of benefits – it could help you to lose weight if that’s your aim, it will give you more energy and make you, well, healthier!
The savvy way: Don’t go mad and spend a fortune on veg you won’t eat. Plan healthy meals and just shop for the ingredients you need. You’ll often find that healthy eating is cheaper than junk food and it’s always cheaper than takeaways.
How goodtoknow can help: We’ve got hundreds of healthy eating recipes, so there’s no need to buy cookbooks either.
If you feel like you’re always rushing around from one place to another or you spend too much time at work, you might be resolving to spend more time with the kids this year.
The savvy way: Spending time with the kids doesn’t have to mean taking them on expensive trips – plan activities for in and around your home instead, like trips to the local park and DVD days.
How goodtoknow can help: Use our days out planner to find free things to do near you.
This is an obvious resolution to help to save money – commit to finding ways to save money. Whatever you’re buying, make sure you’re getting the best price for it.
The savvy way: Shop around. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying insurance, a new car, some jeans or your dinner – make sure you always shop around to find the best deal.
How goodtoknow can help: Keep an eye on the goodtoknow Money Saver page for all the latest tips and secrets on how to save money.