The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Money Resolution Edition

Several people wrote to me expressing some surprise that I didn’t have a money-related resolution this year. To tell the truth, I don’t know where a single-year money resolution would come from in our budget or in our life.

We have some ongoing three-to-five year goals that seem to be in a good place right now. We’re saving up for a home in a more rural setting (as if we’re not rural enough as it is!). We’re building up savings so that when our two current vehicles need replacement, we can just pay cash for them. We’re paying down our mortgage.

All of these goals aren’t so much resolutions as they are ongoing things that we hope to revisit in 2013 or 2014 or so. We just realize that constant forward work throughout 2011 and 2012 will move us closer and closer to those goals.

Six People You Can’t Afford to Lie To I think it goes further than that. Who can you really afford to lie to? (@ my dollar plan)

Why You Should Donate More Money to Charity This list makes a great case for donating to charity. For me, it comes down to abundance versus scarcity – charity is a natural result of an abundance mentality. (@ sweating the big stuff)

How to Be the Person You Want to Be First, you have to figure out what kind of person you want to be. That in itself isn’t an easy task. (@ dumb little man)

The Power of Brevity and Deletion Simplicity works in almost every avenue of life, from the possessions you own to the words you use. (@ jonathan fields)

What Makes You Cry Tears of Joy? Do That The things that made me cry in 2010 were peak moments with my family. That’s why I write The Simple Dollar – it affords me the freedom to spend significant time with them. (@ man vs. debt)

Trent Hamm

Founder & Columnist

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 and still writes a daily column on personal finance. He’s the author of three books published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press, has contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and his financial advice has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.