The Real Cost of Keeping New Year's Resolutions

By Yvette Romero and MaryAnn Busso - 2011-12-22T19:20:53Z

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I Will Spend Quality Time With Family, Friends

Between work, working from home and phoning work from home, spending quality time with family and friends can be all-too infrequent.

$2,400: Dinner out once a month, at an average price of $200 per meal for four people -- alternate between Harry Caray's and Mambo Grill
$5,840: Tickets for upper box, full-season plan, $1,460 per seat. Four people -- Chicago White Sox game

Tally:$8, 240