Save More, Lose Less: How New Year's Resolutions Have Changed Over the Past Year

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The top New Year’s Resolutions are easy to predict each year, but they’re not as concrete and unchanging as you might expect. Sure, everyone and their brother wants to lose weight or save money, but Americans’ collective priorities have shifted slightly since last year.

Offers.com polled 1000 Americans about their goals for the upcoming year, and the main takeaways are that more people want to save money and fewer people want to lose weight. Although fitness is still the top resolution, it’s trending downward. Compared with the 41 percent of respondents who wanted to exercise more or shed a few pounds in 2018, just 38 percent have the same motive heading into 2019.

On the other hand, the desire to save money has risen by six percentage points over the last year. Offers.com predicts more people will be buying subscriptions to video streaming services (like Netflix and Hulu) as well as kitchen appliances in an effort to cut out cable costs and restaurant bills.

We all know that Millennials tend to value experiences more than things, but it seems more and more people across the board are vowing to travel more in 2019. It’s the top resolution in a few states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Everywhere else in the country, people are dreaming of bigger bank accounts and smaller waists, with the exception of Nevada. Residents in the Silver State just want to make sterling new friendships.

Check out the infographic below to see the results from this year and last year.

An infographic of New Year's Resolutions by percentage
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Whatever you choose as your New Year’s Resolution, be sure to make 2019 the year you achieve all of your goals. To help, we’ve crafted a list of 10 scientifically proven ways to stick to your resolution.

Here's How Much it Would Cost to Build Hogwarts in Real Life

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Warner Home Video

At some point, every Harry Potter fan has dreamed of going to Hogwarts. But a lack of magical ability isn't the only reason that the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will have to remain in the realm of fantasy. Even recreating the physical structure would be nearly impossible in real life ... unless you're a billionaire looking to burn a lot of cash.

​BigRentz, an online marketplace for renting construction equipment, recently calculated the costs of building various fictional locations, such as Batman's Bat Cave, The Wall from Game of Thrones, and you guessed it—Hogwarts. And it turns out, magical castles are even more expensive than you might think.

According to the company's calculations, the castle itself would cost $169,740,000. Built in the style of Windsor Castle, Hogwarts stretches over 414,000 square feet. The Great Hall, which measures 5800 square feet, would alone cost a whopping $870,000.

Moving beyond the castle walls, the eight greenhouses would cost $175,000, and Hagrid's hut would come in at $400,000. Building the Quidditch pitch would cost another $1,031,980. And for the One-Eyed Witch Passage running between Hogwarts and Honeydukes? A full $2,490,000.

In total, BigRentz calculates that Hogwarts's construction bill would come to a whopping $174.5 million. And that's just construction costs. The cost of furnishing, supplying, and running the school—where tuition is free—would add significantly to that figure.

The Most-Searched Holiday Movie in Every State, Mapped

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Do you live in a Gremlins state or a Home Alone state? StreamingObserver is here to tell you. The streaming-industry site recently used Rotten Tomatoes and other public data sources to figure out the most popular Christmas movies in each state. Spoiler: It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t quite the Christmas classic you thought it was.

The list takes some liberties with what might be considered a “Christmas” movie. Die Hard (a favorite in Missouri and Wisconsin) made the list, as did Batman Returns (California’s most-searched movie) and Edward Scissorhands (popular in Nevada and Arizona). They aren’t quite the traditional Hallmark holiday fare, but they each include at least some nod to the Christmas season.

Then there’s the more standard Yuletide entertainment, like A Christmas Carol (Tennessee’s favorite) and Frosty the Snowman (South Dakota's pick). Christmas in Connecticut, oddly enough, is Montana’s favorite (unclear whether that’s the 1945 film or the 1992 TV movie), while Connecticut’s favorite is the 1983 Eddie Murphy film Trading Places. The Apartment, The Snowman, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Best Man Holiday also make an appearance. Seven states list Gremlins as their favorite, while six chose Home Alone and three chose Scrooged.

The data is based on Google searches, rather than surveys, so it's possible that the movie at the top of each state's list isn't so much beloved as it is curiosity-inspiring. It's possible that all these people are Googling Gremlins, then deciding not to watch it. But we feel fairly confident saying a lot of people will be watching Die Hard this Christmas season. (Tip: You can't stream it on Netflix right now, but you can rent it on Amazon.)

The 2018 results are fairly different from StreamingObserver's 2016 data, which you can compare here. Do you agree with your state's preferences?

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