So that I can sleep with a clear conscience tonight, allow me to state that I stole this concept (and blog title) directly from Russ Martin. If you don't know him, it means you probably don't live in Canada.
1. Coupon binder. I have a bright green binder loaded with coupons that I proudly lug through Publix every week. It's not embarrassing. Maybe it should be. But the Depression-era folks I shop with at my neighborhood store are pretty darn impressed by my reflection of "youth today." Last year, I saved $622.60 in coupons alone ($766.69 by shopping sales). I know this because I am a nerd and keep detailed lists.
2. Personal Development budget. I set aside money specifically for my personal enrichment and growth. I took a cooking class! Had a private lesson for swing dancing. Took two courses on Esther and Daniel, you get the idea. Essentially, I gave myself freedom to pursue things that inspire my soul.
3. Jazzercise. I'm mortified that I wrote it, but I would be lying if this did not make the list of best decisions in 2010. Jazzercise (hate that word) really does make exercise fun, oh-so-convenient (it's right after work in the next building), and it's free which means the $10 gym membership I was paying got transferred into a Netflix subscription and now I can tell you I have seen every episode in succession of Dick van Dyke for seasons 1-2.
4. The pencil skirt.
5. Watch or read the news every day. Some of you may argue that The Today Show is hardly the news, but I beg to differ. I recorded and watched every episode M-F from 7-10 am and I can tell you that just tonight I took a Pew News IQ quiz and scored better than 96% of the public, which I attribute directly to the journalistic efforts of Matt Lauer.