Want to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution? Start Now

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If your New Year’s resolution is to rein in your sweet tooth, you might want to drop the Christmas cookie currently on its way to your mouth. We know it seems a little early to be turning over a new leaf—of lettuce, in your case—but getting in a practice round before 2020 could give you the best possible chance of success.

As The New York Times explains, we often set New Year’s resolutions that are either too general or too difficult. It’s not easy to stick to an unclear goal like “making healthy choices” or “being more financially responsible,” because it’s not totally obvious what that entails. Having said that, defining a resolution in no uncertain terms doesn’t necessarily ensure that you’ll follow it—since it’s possible that those terms are just way too hard to adhere to. If your clear-cut goal is to cut out all processed foods, for example, but you’ve spent the last decade relying on bagged snacks and frozen individual dinners as your main source of energy, you might find yourself starving, confused, and standing in the chip aisle at your grocery store on January 4.

In a nutshell, there are a lot of factors to consider when devising a New Year’s resolution, and it helps to have a little extra time to work out any unforeseen kinks before you debut the new you come January 1. Maybe you, unbeknownst to anyone, try cutting out all processed foods on December 27 this year, fail spectacularly, and revise your resolution to “replacing one processed meal per day with a homemade one.”

Beginning early will also give you a head start when it comes to seeing results in 2020, which is another incentive to stay committed to your resolution. According to a University of Chicago study [PDF] from 2016, people are more motivated to stick to their long-term goals when they’re instantly rewarded for them. If you’re not immediately seeing the number on the scale go down or the number in your bank account go up, for instance, you might lose faith and give up completely. But, with a week or two of resolution-ing already behind you when the new year kicks off, it might make you feel like your results are a little more instantaneous.

Can’t quite bring yourself to abandon that cookie just yet? That’s OK, too—here are 10 other ways to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution.

[h/t The New York Times]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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