New year, new you!

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Jess Neale

As theJess Neale new year fast approaches it’s time to start thinking about my new year’s resolutions.

Now, some might say resolutions are silly because why should you have to wait until one day in the year to make much needed changes? But I don’t totally agree; new year, new you and all that, it can be the perfect opportunity to start afresh with a set of goals and give yourself the motivation to just go for them.

Save more money

I’m not bad at being thrifty but this year I’ll be moving to London so I’ll need to be extra careful with my pennies. I aim to start by cleaning up my finances and taking a closer look at income and outgoings, that way I can set myself a budget each month and stick to it.

I can also save £4 a day by just walking to work from the station instead of getting the underground or bus, plus it gives me some exercise! Hopefully I’ll have enough to treat myself to a budget-friendly holiday if all goes well.

Bargain hunt

I love shopping, but my purse really doesn’t, so for 2012 I”ll be making sure I put my bargain hat on and utilise the thousands of voucher codes there are. I’ll be gathering up my advantage card and nectar points and getting the best deals on my food by taking MyFamilyClub’s useful advice.

I also want to get more creative with my gift ideas this year and save some cash in the process by getting crafty. My homemade cards went down a treat at Christmas and I find it’s always worthwhile to give that personal touch.

Spend more quality time with my family

Spending time with my family is really important to me but sometimes it’s difficult to find that quality time to just sit and have fun with Pingle, Lady Baby and The Bobs. But I’ve been inspired by some of the fabulous budget-friendly activities that are out there, that are not only cheap but also simple, fun and exciting to do with the kids. For example the make & do winter on a budget free e-book has some fantastic ideas.

Organise my time better

As hard as I try, my “to do” list always seems to get longer and longer rather than shorter. So next year I’m going to take a long, hard look at my working day and organise my time more effectively. This will mean I’m more productive and achieve what I need to by the end of the day, everyday. I suppose I better work out my “to do” list personality and get cracking!

Cook more

Cooking is one of my favourite things, but I never seem to have enough time to enjoy it properly. That’s why my new year’s resolution is to make the most of the time I have and cook more! Starting with my slow cooker, a great tool if you’re out all day, it’s easy to prepare a delicious meal without the effort. A quick fry of the meat in the morning, pop in the sauce and vegetables and when I get home it’s done. Simples!

What are your new year’s resolutions? Tweet me @myfamilyclub