Spend less, save more
More money is good; debt is bad. These are facts people can get behind, and it makes sense that someone would want to get a handle on their finances heading into the new year. But just the idea of spending less and saving more means nothing if you don't have an actual budget to track where your money is going.
If building up your savings account is a goal, plan to have a specific amount come out of each paycheck -- 20%, for example, if you can swing it. Setting up automatic transfers in your bank account makes this easier, so money gets deposited into savings before you even get a chance to see it in your checking account.
You've probably gathered the common theme here, but in case you haven't, remember that making a specific goal is always better than a half-assed, vague promise to yourself. It's just too bad you can't resolve to have deep-fried foods taste worse.