There are plenty of reasons not to make New Year's resolutions for the coming year. Why? Most resolutions end in failure.
But if you insist, you can make success more likely. If you treat your New Year's resolution like a baby step instead of a huge leap, you are much more likely to achieve it. That way, your finances will be in better shape come 2010. Here are a few resolutions to consider.
Credit card payments: Make a New Year's resolution to pay more than the minimum amount on your credit card, even if that means only putting in an extra dollar. The best way to approach this is through the snowball method of debt reduction. That additional dollar means you have taken the initial step to achieve credit-card debt-reduction success.
Why you can keep this resolution: Twelve extra dollars a year is something anyone can afford. While the hope is you can pay much more, the $1 minimum will allow you to keep the resolution even during months when money is tight.Read a personal-finance book: You don't even have to buy one; look at your library. If you are worried you will fail this resolution because you think all personal-finance books are dry and dull, try David Chilton's The Wealthy Barber, which is set up more like a story than a "how to" book.
Why this resolution will work: All you need to do is read a book. You don't have to make any changes. Without that pressure, you can simply read, digest the material and decide which, if any, of the book's recommendations make sense for your situation. Chances are that you'll find a number of points you should be doing but aren't.