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Worried about getting off to a bad start on your New Year's resolutions? Then it might be time to assess your goals with free online tests.

By Stacy Johnson Jan 6, 2011 10:33AM

This post comes from Karla Bowsher at partner site Money Talks News.

 

The new year is only a few days old, but your resolutions may already be off track. Americans would rather get rich than get skinny this year, as we reported, yet only one-third of them made a financial plan part of their resolutions.

What other New Year's goals are you in danger of missing? Whether you resolved to get richer, skinnier or smarter in 2011, these free online tools from reputable organizations will help you keep your goals on track.

 

Now we can learn something from the show about nothing.

By Karen Datko Jan 5, 2011 7:47PM

What can "Seinfeld" teach us about money and the economy? Plenty, it seems.

 

Three professors use the episodes of that 1990s show (which lives on in syndication) to teach the fundamentals of economics, according to our friend J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly. They share their lessons at a website called The Economics of Seinfeld, also known as yadayadayadaecon.com.

 

These lessons extend beyond the girth of George Costanza's wallet. Cindy Perman, in an article on CNBC.com, explains:

The "Soup Nazi," for example, offers lessons in the economic concepts of barriers to entry and monopoly power, since the scowling martinet cook seems to have a lock on the tasty soup market. Elaine stumbling on his stash of soup recipes shows how quickly a monopoly can be broken.
 

If you can't find all the television programming you want and need on the Internet now, just wait.

By Money Staff Jan 5, 2011 5:56PM

This post comes from MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston.

 

Liz Pulliam Weston on MSN MoneyPay television is losing subscribers, but pay-TV executives insist it's not primarily because people are "cutting the cord" -- ditching their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of getting the content they want from the Web.

Maybe not, but it's a certainly a trend that's gaining momentum. Game consoles, Internet-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players make it easy for those with home Wi-Fi or other broadband networks to access Internet content instantly, while others are just watching on their computers.

 

New services let you save hard drive space while enjoying movies and music.

By Karen Datko Jan 5, 2011 5:25PM

This Deal of the Daycomes fromKelli B. Grantat partner site SmartMoney.

 

A top-notch MP3 player can hold as many as 40,000 songs; a good e-reader, 3,500 books. But many consumers say they want room for more -- and others wish they could read that book from, say, their computer, too.

They're about to get just that as more content providers allow people to store more of their media online and access it from anywhere.

 

Enter one of the big buzz words at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show: cloud computing.

 

The fake ice rink is gone from a cruise ship after the Norwegian Cruise Line CEO had to put it together himself.

By Teresa Mears Jan 5, 2011 2:50PM

Want to improve conditions where you work?

 

Maybe you should get your boss on TV.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line is seeing some changes after CEO Kevin Sheehan did a stint working for his own company on CBS' "Undercover Boss."

 

He didn't give himself a very good performance evaluation. "Somebody said I did a good job vacuuming," he said in a webcast, as reported by Hannah Sampson of The Miami Herald. "Unfortunately, that didn't make it to the show."

 

What he did learn from the experience is that leading 1,000 people in a line dance and washing the outside of a ship is hard work. 

 

An error leads to brief excitement over coupon possibilities until the retailer clarifies its policy.

By Teresa Mears Jan 5, 2011 1:21PM

There was great joy in Couponville for a few minutes this week when shoppers saw in Wal-Mart's Sunday newspaper ad that the big-box retailer would accept competitors' coupons.

 

Oops. Not quite.

 

What the store meant to say, according to Kitty at Coupon Divas, was that the store would accept a competitor's coupon that mentions a specific price. That goes along with the company's price matching policy.

 

It's meant to be economic stimulus, but why not use it to bolster your personal finances?

By Karen Datko Jan 5, 2011 1:19PM

This guest post comes from "vh" at Funny about Money.

 

President Obama last month signed a bill that will lower your Social Security taxes from 6.2% to 4.2% for this year only. This tax holiday -- which, bizarrely enough, will cost the federal government $112 billion at a time when it's facing astronomical deficits and we're being told Social Security is headed for hell on a skateboard -- could save you as much as $2,136 this year. If you and your spouse both earn more than $106,800, you'll see a combined $4,272 tax break.

The theory behind it is that the increase people will see in their monthly or biweekly paychecks will be small enough to look like gravy and so they'll diddle it away on stuff and services, thereby supposedly stimulating the economy.

 

Could be. Could be voodoo works to cure warts, too.

 

How to be fit -- and frugal -- when the temperatures are plunging outside.

By Karen Datko Jan 5, 2011 10:25AM

This post comes from Janey Osterlind at partner blog Wise Bread.

 

While training for a marathon last winter, I quit my gym membership. Running 18 miles on a treadmill is simply not possible. (One could argue, successfully, that running 18 miles is simply insane altogether, but that's beside the point.)

What this experience taught me was that it's not only possible to stay fit in the frigid winter months, it's also possible to enjoy your workout without spending a lot on a new gym membership.

 

Here are some ideas to get you moving on your own exercise routine this winter:

 

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