Well, 2012 is finally upon us, which means that I've begun one of my resolutions for this year: spending less money.
If you, too, are trying to save money, here are some things going on around town that may help you in your efforts.
Two popular Lowcountry historical sites are offering discounted admission this weekend.
--Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, is hosting a "Pay What You Can" Weekend for South Carolina residents 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
During this special event, families are encouraged to pay only what they can afford for admission and parking, which is a great deal considering the entrance fee is usually $11-$18 and parking is $5. Members of the military in uniform and children under 6 are always free.
Check out the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, the aircraft carrier Yorktown or any of Patriots Point's other attractions.
--To step back into a different era, visit Middleton Place during its Winter Weekends special, during which time residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties will receive 60 percent off admission.
Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 29, adult admission is $10, students are $6 and children 6-13 are $4.
Discover the beautiful gardens, which bloom with camellias during January, and tour the stable yard, where living history actors demonstrate plantation life for slaves.
The House Museum will be closed for maintenance Jan. 17-27.
Middleton Place is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and is at 4300 Ashley River Road.
In last week's column, I mentioned that I plan on shopping at thrift stores more this year. I also want to start going to yard sales, and I plan on starting with the Lowcountry Highrollers' "Derby of a Sale."
From 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, Hot Wheels Skating Center, 1523 Folly Road, will let the girls of the Lowcountry Highrollers take over its parking lot to hold a rummage sale.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward funding the Highrollers' upcoming season.
Any donations of clothing or household items are encouraged.
Is finding a new job on your list of to-do's this year?
The Charleston County Public Library might be able to help.
At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the library's Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St., will offer a Free Resume and Cover Letter Editing workshop.
Those interested in the workshop should bring a resume and/or cover letter, along with the job listing they are interested in, to the library's reference center. Kathy Kleibacker will give participants one-on-one help with editing their material.