Another year has come and gone. If you’re ready to make 2018 your best year yet, you’ve probably come up with some resolutions to help you get there. But how to do all the things you want to accomplish without breaking the bank? Here are this year’s top six resolutions (according to the Huffington Post), along with our suggestions for ways to save on each!
This one tends to include a few approaches. Some people aim to hit the gym and get fit through exercise. Others plan to get their diet into shape by cutting out junk food or eating more healthy veggies. And of course, there’s the balanced approach that includes both diet and exercise.
If you’re going the exercise route, you can take advantage of high competition among gyms to get your membership dollars. Come January 1, many gyms begin special promotions aimed at New Years Resolutions. While they’re not the cheapest prices of the year (those typically come in June), it is a great time to sign up. Be sure to check out our deals for 24 Hour Fitness or other gym memberships before you decide.
If you’d rather get fit in the comfort of your own home, we can help there too. Check out the discounts available for home gym equipment and fitness programs. We have great deals on brands like Academy, Bowflex, Champs, and Total Gym Direct. For a new pair of sneakers or running shoes, check out deals from Foot Locker.
For those looking to tackle their fitness goals through proper nutrition, you’re in luck! One of the best first steps is to get used to cooking at home, rather than eating at restaurants or on the go. While this may take a bit more time and discipline, you’ll find cooking with real, fresh ingredients usually costs less than expensive prepared foods or your favorite drive-thru. To save even more, be sure to browse our grocery and food coupons before you head to the store!
Organizing your life can be tough! Many people start out by buying expensive storage solutions, which may or may not ever get used. There’s a better approach! Start by decluttering. It won’t cost you a dime, and if you resell the stuff you don’t need, you’ll even make some cash on the way. Then, once you’ve pared down to only the items you actually use and like, you may find you already have plenty of storage for them.
Of course, you may also find that you really do need storage and organization solutions, but at least you’ll know exactly what you need to store. If this is you, make sure to check out our coupons and deals for The Container Store and Tidy Living before you shop!
Learn to Say “No”
This one is a great way to save money by itself. If you’re the type who spends all of your time and money doing what others want you to do, maybe it’s time to reprioritize. You don’t have to accept every invite, volunteer for every event, or give in to every request from your friends, your significant other, or your kids. In order to accomplish this mindfully, it’s often a good idea to start by taking stock of your priorities. Set a budget. Block off some “me time” on your calendar. And remember to be flexible!
Whether you’re resolving to take that big road trip you’ve been talking about for years, or just to spend some time away from home throughout the year, travel can be expensive. Fortunately, we have an excellent selection of travel sales, deals, and promo codes to help you stretch your vacation budget to the max. If you’re simply wanting to see new places and have new experiences, remember that a long weekend exploring a town a few hours away can be a great way to break your routine without spending a fortune. If your travel plans are a bit more exotic than that, spend some time on travel forums and websites and learn money saving trips from those who’ve gone before you.
Spend Time with Friends and Family
For some, resolving to spend more time with friends and family can become a huge expense. But it doesn’t have to be! While you could spend this time going out to eat, shopping, or attending expensive events, you can just as easily spend quality time without those high costs. Organize a family game night. Put together a neighborhood potluck. Or host a movie night at your place. A couple of movies from Redbox or Netflix and a big bowl of popcorn is a lot less expensive than tickets and concessions at your local theater. And nobody’s going to complain if you laugh too loud or show up in your pajamas. In fact, we encourage it!
Learn a New Skill or Take Up a New Hobby
When deciding what skill or hobby you’d like to acquire this year, remember that not will be equal from a financial standpoint. Learning to play golf is likely to be much more expensive than taking swing dance lessons at your community rec center. When you’re first starting out, it might be a good idea to rent equipment for your new endeavor, or buy it used. You can always upgrade later, once you’re sure your interest will last. And remember, we have plenty of coupons and deals for Craftsy, Lowe’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods even Guitar Center!
No matter what your resolution may be, we hope you’ll find success at it. And if you need inspiration on saving money while you’re at it, remember to check the Official Coupon Code blog regularly.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy 2018!