Improving your finances is the top resolution for the new year


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Money worries are taking precedence over health and fitness at a time of year when most of us are thinking of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, finances are probably the area more people want to fix in 2012 than any other.

The top financial blunders of 2011, according to a survey by Principal Financial Group, include the following:

  • Some 20% of respondents said they didn’t save enough in the year 
  • Eighteen percent said increasing debt was their top mistake

Looking ahead, the top financial-specific resolution for 2012 is saving a set amount of money each month and paying credit cards, according to 26% of respondents. Meanwhile, 21% resolve to cut spending by specific amounts in the new year.

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