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Saving money while losing weight: The 'skinny' on rental vs buying equipment

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Every year there's a massive group of people who resolve to eat better, exercise more and lose weight. Hundreds of dollars are spent on exercise equipment, fitness DVDs and iTunes downloads to put them in the healthy spirit. And by Valentine's Day, chocolates are devoured, the DVDs sit under a pile of receipts for that equipment and weight scales announce weight gain.

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Most of us could use a little weight. According to CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) are obese. In Illinois, the obesity rate is 28.1 percent who were obese in 2012, which is around the same estimate (28.2 percent) of obesity in 2010. The fitness is worth it, but is the money wasted worth it in the end?

At least if the weight loss and fitness goals go down the drain, money doesn't have to follow suit. Check out this gallery (above) for tips to save money while trying to keep those New Year's resolutions.

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