New year, new you

Who do you want to be in 2017? Someone better organised/less stressed/fitter/richer/more fulfilled?

The only thing stopping you is you… or maybe it’s just that you haven’t found the right programme, philosophy or inspiration yet. That being the case, here are some suggestions to set you on the path of the righteous/smug.

Ditching bad habits

We’ve got resources to help you stop smoking, drinking, and advice on how to cope with other addictions and compulsions.

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Diet and fitness

There are plenty of titles available with advice on improving your diet, or find an exercise regime that suits your lifestyle.

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Or are you just keen to keep your brain fit and healthy? There are programmes and exercises for flexing your cognitive muscles.

Maybe it’s just time to cope better with stress?

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Money and finances

Is 2017 the year you show your mortgage who’s boss? Try some titles about personal finance, budgeting, and retirement planning.

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Efficiency and organisation

Whether you want some advice on how to attack household tasks more efficiently, bring some orderliness to your possessions, or advice on time management, there are heaps of titles to choose from.

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Better living, everyone.

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Supergrans visit Spreydon Library

CoverWe are very lucky to have Supergrans visit the Spreydon Library for a few Fridays in June and July. They offer budget services and help you manage your own home through:

  • Household budgeting
  • Debt management
  • General home activities and routines
  • Grocery shopping on a budget
  • Meal planning, including healthy eating tips
  • Home cooking skills
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Home sewing and mending skills

Pop into the Spreydon Library by the Barrington Mall to see a Supergran on the following Fridays: 1 June, 15 June, 29 June and 13 July, 10-11.30am.

Search our library catalogue for books on budgeting, cooking on a budget, basic homecare, vegetable gardening, sewing & mending.

Budget resolutions

It’s been a hard year for all our finances. My budget is not quite meeting around the middle (a bit like my clothes after all that ’Xmas eating) and it is time to take action. My New Year’s resolution is budget, budget, budget.

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The last two look as though they might suit.

A bit of low-budget cookery might help things along too.

Of course if I was really onto it I’d try a bit of op-shopping or turn my lawn into a vege garden.  However for the former I’d need a bit of fashion flair, and for the latter I’m afraid I’d need a book entitled Gardening for the neglectful gardener.

More help on personal finance from our website.