The most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2014

It used to be about giving up smoking, losing weight or going to the gym, but it seems that as our purse strings get pulled tighter, we have become much savvier.

The most popular New Year’s resolution is to save more money, with almost a third of people planning to do so. It was closely followed by getting out of debt, as just under a quarter of people want to get back into the black.

Despite prioritising their finances, people haven’t completely forgotten what else they’d like to achieve in the New Year, with more traditional goals also on the list.

Unsurprisingly, in third place is getting fit or losing weight, with the rest of the top five made up from changing job and quitting smoking.

The latter half of the list also has an emphasis on being healthier, with one in 10 wanting to give up alcohol and 6% wanting to give up chocolate. There also seems to an inclination to see loved ones more often, as coming seventh is spending less time working and in eight spending more time with family and friends.

Finally, in last place, 2% of those asked want to move house. It is possible that so few people have resolved to move house because of the high costs involved. However, by sticking to the resolutions in first and second place, more people will be able to make that dream come true in 2015.

The top ten most popular New Years resolutions are:

1. Save more money – 31%
2. Get out of debt – 22%
3. Get fit/lose weight – 18%
4. Change job/career – 16%
5. Quite smoking – 13%
6. Give up alcohol – 11%
7. Spend less time working – 9%
8. Spend more time with family/friends – 7%
9. Give up chocolate – 6%
10. Move house – 2%


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