Of love and money

The ball has dropped, the last needle fallen from the tree and the empty liquor bottles and cans hauled out to the curb. Which can only mean one thing: time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions. And if you’re like most Americans, losing weight and exercising more is near the top of your list. According to a poll of more than 1,000 Americans taken by Offers.com, fighting the holiday bulge topped the list of folks’ goals for the New Year. Thirty-eight percent of respondents put “exercise more/lose weight” at the top of their wish list for 2019. Other top contenders included: save money (37 percent); travel (24 percent); get a new job/hobby (12 percent); make new friends (11 percent); find love (7 percent); and other (3 percent.)

However, as we all know, Coloradans – and particularly Durangotangs – tend to be an active lot. As such, exercise/lose weight was tied at the No. 2 spot (27 percent) along with travel (27). Coming in at No. 1 was save money (41 percent), no surprise given the unofficial “mountain tax.” Lower down the list, 17 percent were hoping to score a new job or hobby (or hobby job?) and 12 percent were looking for love (mountain towns can be a lonely place.)