One in three counts cost of broken promises

THE nation will be counting the cost of failed New Year resolutions tomorrow as one in three fail to keep their pledges until the end of the month.

A poll of more than 2,000 people found that 30 per cent shirked their resolutions within the first month of 2010, with seven in ten failing to keep their promises throughout the rest of the year.

Giving up smoking was the most commonly-broken resolution, with a quarter of smokers failing to last just a week.

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The survey, carried out by Santander Credit Cards, also found the average amount spent trying to stick to New Year resolutions was 1,693 over a year. while resolutions to spend more time with the family cost an average of 683.