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Why New Year's???

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the new year. It's just an arbitrary date that acknowledges that the earth has circled the sun one more time. And, as an excuse to party it's really unnecessary. People who like parties really don't need more than the rising or setting of the sun to throw one. So what's the big deal about Yew Year's day?

Clearly the attraction is not just limited to the United States. Societies have been picking a date to celebrate the new year for thousands of years (think of the Jewish and Chinese new years). And, today the new year is celebrated at one time or another in very many societies around the globe. Why is that?

I think there are two reasons that people mark the new year. One, is that we instinctively know that periodically it is good to have a time of reflection. A time to evaluate what has come into our lives and how we handled it. A time to compare what we've done to what we hoped to do. A look at the road that we've travelled.

I also think that we also know that sometimes we could use a fresh start. An opportunity to put the past behind us and mentally look at today as the starting line. A new starting line. That's probably why so many people make New Year's resolutions. They want to say that today is a new day and a new chance to be what I was meant to be.

So even though I'm not a big party person, come midnight on December 31st I'll raise a glass in a toast and kiss my favorite girl. And, spend a little time the next day looking forward to what I want to accomplish in 2010.

Hope that your New Year is a happy and prosperous one!

Gary

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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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Gary is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who edits The Dollar Stretcher website <www.stretcher.com> and newsletters. You can follow Gary on Twitter.com/gary_foreman
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