The Real Cost of Keeping New Year's Resolutions

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

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New Year, New Resolutions

Ten years ago, the top New Year's resolutions included quitting smoking and continuing education. Those are off the list this year, according to a nationwide survey by FC Organizational Products, makers of the Franklin Planner. New resolutions such as reading and volunteering are among those that now lead the roster. "Resolutions reflect the times," says Sarah DeVoll, the company's chief executive officer. "People don't want to pay a lot and they want to do more good."

Bloomberg Rankings looked into what it might cost a 38-year-old male executive in Chicago to keep his 2012 New Year's resolutions.

Note: Data providers are on the final slide. Brand mentions are not endorsements. Resolutions do not necessarily appear in order of popularity.