According to a recent CNN/Money poll, here are the most common finance-related New Year’s Resolutions
1. Pay down debt (33%)
2. Save for retirement (23%)
3. Build an emergency fund (11%)
4. Buy real estate (11%)
Other than saving for retirement, this list bears very little resemblance to my own list of financial goals for 2008.
For the sake of comparison, here are the results of a similar poll from last year:
1. Saving more (32%)
2. Paying down debt (25%)
3. Making more income (15%)
4. Spending less (13%)
5. Investing more (10%)
6. Saving for a large purchase (4%)
7. Donâ€™t know (1%)
It’s interesting to note that paying down debt is a (slightly) more common goal this year as opposed to last.