NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- What’s your biggest vice?
If the question makes you uneasy, it just might mean you have a bad habit or two that you can’t seem to kick. Luckily, the start of the new year could give you the motivation you need to finally give it up.
And if you need any extra motivation in these times of austerity, consider the toll your vice takes on your wallet. To find out just how much Americans pay for their bad habits, MainStreet researched the economic impact of five common vices: smoking, buying on credit, overeating, alcohol and cosmetic procedures.
Read on for our calculations, plus some affordable tips for starting anew in 2012.