I didn't make any this year because they usually don't even last the first day!
However, I am working on being more organised, getting my house more in shape etc.
I have another thought that I am trying to work on - to do with trusting God more. I wondered if the reason we are so continually struggling financially is because we try to 'fix' it - we say we are trusting God and then try to work something round. My biggest thing that I do is to talk with Mum - she doesn't have a lot of money - but she does have more than us! And many of the things that cause me problems would also affect her - e.g. the car needing work - she relies on me often to take her around places, if the car doesn't work then I would find it difficult to even visit her.
I have decided that I won't talk with her about our finances. She always ask but I need to tell her that I'm not going to discuss it. I think I will leave it to God to promp her to give us some or not. When she asks and I tell her she gets upset because she can't just give us everything we need, then she also feels bad and she has enough on her plate worrying about my brother and she sure doesn't need to worry about us too. I know that God has said that he will take care of us, that we can hand all our worries to him - so that is what we are going to do - totally. The hard bit will be not talking to her because she does always ask! We don't normally tell other people that we are hard up (in fact most people at church don't realise quite how bad things are!) - we do just try to smile through the times and be cheerful. So maybe that is a resolution of sorts!
Privileges granted by men may be denied by men. Rights are granted by God, and can be legitimately denied by no man. (John Bunyan 1660)