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5 New Year's resolutions that won't cost you a thing

New year, new you, right? But uh-oh, sometimes the cash flow isn't so great right at the moment you've vowed to get fit, stop smoking or finally figure out how to use that digital camera. We've got five wallet-friendly ways to leap into the new year:

1SATURDAY MORNING BOOT CAMP: Every Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. a group of fitness enthusiasts meets at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg for a fun-filled (but tough) total body workout using your own body weight, TRX bands, kettlebells and other equipment to get in shape. It's been going on for three years, and even though the instructors hold other boot camps around town during the week (ranging from $89-$120 per month) the Saturday session is always free. Register at to let them know you're coming.

2STOP SMOKING: Tampa General Hospital is offering a free, seven-session Freedom from Smoking course starting Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. weekly in Hyde Park Village, 740 S Village Circle, Tampa, as part of the hospital's Community Health Education Program. Register online at or by calling toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

3LEARN THE BASICS OF DOG TRAINING: Why leave Fido out of the resolutions? This Saturday (as well as Feb. 4 and March 3) at 10 a.m., the Pinellas County Animal Services office offers up a certified dog trainer who will teach you about house training, loose-leash walking and dealing with other challenging behaviors such as chewing and jumping. This class is for owners only. Dogs are not invited to the offices at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2600.

4COUPONING MADE SIMPLE: The Largo Library is bringing in "Christi the Coupon Coach" to show you how to save up to 80 percent at the grocery store. This is not "extreme" couponing, but an organizational system for people who want to save money in a reasonable amount of time. It's free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo.

5COMPUTER CLASSES: Make one of your New Year's resolutions to use that personal computer better or figure out your digital camera. The Clearwater Public Library makes it easy with free classes at all library branches. The classes range from computer help to how to do basic editing and create special documents with Microsoft Word, downloading ebooks, resume writing and digital camera basics. To find a class near you, call the Clearwater Public Library at (727) 562-4970 or visit

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 New Year's resolutions that won't cost you a thing 12/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:08am]
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