Crunching the Costs of New Year's Resolutions
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:
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV