BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- New Year's resolutions are made to be broken, not to leave the resolved broke.
While there's laudable merit to the actions of 44% of Americans who told the Marist Institute for Public Opinion they'd make a resolution this year, that's down from 48% last year. There's also that 40% of respondents who bailed on their resolutions last year after only 35% didn't come through in 2009. Having the time and energy to invest in such self-help pursuits helps -- as evidenced by the 47% of households with children that nixed their resolutions, compared with 32% of their childless counterparts -- but being able to commit some extra cash to the cause doesn't hurt, either.
TheStreet took a look at eight recurring New Year's resolutions and rang up the costs behind ringing in 2011 in happier, healthier fashion. The goals may be different, but one element of each of these personal promises never changes: They're going to cost you: