Five Simple Ways to Fulfill Your Resolutions This Year

Set yourself up for success, and you’ll ensure that your New Year’s resolutions don’t become end-of-year regrets. The beginning of the year is the time to get organized and re-stock your pantry and home office. Here are five simple tips to get your year started on the right foot:

•    Buy a 2011 Calendar.
Purchase a calendar and fill it with children’s school hours, your work commitments, family time, meal times, homework and other activities. Getting your calendar organized at the beginning of the year will help you make the most of work and play time.

•    Buy Ink Cartridges. Be prepared for upcoming tax returns and school projects by keeping a spare ink or toner cartridge on hand. Choose your printer maker’s cartridges to get the quality and reliability you expect, and look for online options that brands like HP offer for purchasing new cartridges with ease. Additionally, ink cartridge recycling programs, such as HP Planet Partners, help reduce the environmental impact by diverting cartridges from landfills.

•    Join a Wholesale Supermarket. Wholesale clubs are full of deals that create major savings, so don’t be discouraged by the membership fee. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Shopping in a Big Way: Warehouse vs. Big Box,” Michael Clayman, editor of Warehouse Club Focus says “warehouse-club pricing is often 50 percent less than a regular retailer’s and up to 25 percent less than nonclub big-box stores.” And bulk products often use less packaging, so you’re helping the environment by not buying smaller, as well as your wallet.

•    Replenish Your Card Stock.
Be prepared for birthdays and holidays by stocking up on cards for the year. Keeping cards and stationery on hand can save you from scrambling for a card later in the year.

•    Subscribe to a Magazine. Investing in subscriptions for magazines you and your family read frequently can save you a significant amount of money. Many magazines offer deals and price cuts for subscriptions at the beginning of the year, and if you find yourself buying even a quarter of the year’s issues at the newsstand, it may be more cost-effective to subscribe to the magazine.

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