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New Year's resolutions include financial fitness

New Year's resolutions include financial fitness

By KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 31, 2010 at 1:35 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- If you ask Utahns about their New Year's resolutions for 2011, you'll hear the typical health and fitness answers. But many people also are thinking about the economy.

Of course people want to improve their health. But now more than ever, a lot of Utahns like Mike Shaw want to be financially fit, too.

"So many people have lost money, homes, and a lot of that is due to reckless spending," he says.

Shaw says his focus for 2011 will be his physical and financial health.

"I'm poor right now. I'm trying to cut back on my spending," he says.

Many Utahns want to save more money. Others say they plan to spend more quality time with family.

A national survey by Zogby International shows only 32 percent of American adults say they will not be making any New Year's resolutions this year. The poll of 1,950 adults conducted Dec. 8-10 also shows people agree they will exercise more (41 percent), lose weight (36 percent) and/or save money (35 percent).

The poll also finds that younger people are more likely to report that they plan to make New Year's resolutions.

Exercising more was among the most popular resolution from the choices provided, except for those 25-34 years old, who were more likely to say they will save more money.

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Story written with contributions from Brian Martin.

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