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How to achieve your new years resolutions - plan well retire well

February 8, 2013

New Year's Resolutions: We begin with the best intentions, but many of us give up or fail to achieve our resolutions. Does this sound familiar?

Earlier this month, Kathy was interviewed on the public radio show Focus about how to set and realize your goals. Joined by Jordan Goldberg, founder of the new website stickK.com, Kathy covered a number of tips to help you stay on track. Listen to the interview to learn more about human behavior, and how to make 2013 a year in which resolutions are finally accomplished.

Human behavior also plays an important role in how we manage money. In this issue, Kathy explains all about "money habitudes" and what influences how we spend and save.

We'll also look at how to turn your dreams about the future into SMART goals – goals that are Specific, Measurable, Agreed-Upon, Realistic and Timed. And Kathy has tips on when and how to share life's financial lessons with your children. (Psst! It's never too early to begin.)

Don't forget there's more on Facebook! Drop by for more money-saving tips and links to timely articles and resources. As always, we welcome your comments there or at our blog, web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141, where you can read more posts and ask questions about these and other topics.

Source: Kathy Sweedler, Extension Educator, Consumer Economics, sweedler@illinois.edu

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