So losing weight/getting fit will probably never, ever lose its number one spot on annual resolutions lists, but the dire financial straits of the millions of Americans impacted by the economy has caused a new one to creep up to a higher spot on the list.
Spend less and save more ranks as the number three resolution for Americans as the country heads into 2013, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Fidelity Investments seconds that emotion because its research found that 47 percent of Americans are making this a top priority in the new year.
The real resolution should be to get and remain healthy because studies have shown that financial concerns increase stress, which affects overall health. In case a refresher is needed on basic financial health, here are some things to keep in mind.