Sunday, 9 March 2014

Lent and the Spending Ban.

Its exacly the same every year; pancake Tuesday comes out of nowhere and sneaks up on me, so before I know it I am thrown right into the depth of a little Christian fasting period known as Lent. Usually I forget about the upcoming date so that by the time it approaches I spend a week trying to decide what I am going to give up, and then forget I'm even doing it in the first place. This year, however, is going to be different. This year is going to be the year I actually give up something for lent, and hopefully with a little discipline and strength I will actually manage to stick to it. 

I have seen some people complain on twitter that people shouldn't be giving anything up for lent unless they are religious. I think that is complete crap if I'm honest. What is the bet that these 'non-religious' people complaining are the very same people who will happily stuff their faces with pancakes the day before lent and consume ridiculous amounts of chocolate eggs come Easter Sunday. I think Lent should be about testing your own will power, and being grateful that you are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy luxuries and commodities such as cakes, fizzy juice, or television and remember that the people less fortunate than yourself! Now I am a catholic, so I really do feel the urge to practice lent, but for those of you who don't, its your choice and no-one should judge you either.

So, I have decided that this year I will be giving up chocolate, and white bread seeing as they are two of my guiltiest pleasures and satisfy me most in my times of need. I don't know how I am going to manage working a whole shift in retail without a Greggs chicken mayo baguette. I don't know how I am going to sit up for a whole night writing about the British empire in the university lab without reaching for some scrumptious chocolate treats. The thought of going a whole 40 days and nights without so much as a Freddo scares me a bit. But, I really want to be able to do this and prove to myself that I am stronger than a Galaxy caramel, or a slice of toast and Nutella.

To accompany this I have also decided to go on a spending ban. Its been dawning upon me for a while now that I really do spend a ridiculous amount of money on things which I don't really need. I can honestly tell you I have clothes in my wardrobe, which were purchased last year still with the tags on. I have beauty products which have been swatched once then never seen the light of day again. Obviously I will allow for things I really must purchase, like rail tickets or deodorant, but apart from necessities I have completely barred myself from spending money. Also if you are anything like me it wouldn't hurt to remind yourself that using your debit card is still spending money; just because you can't see it happen doesn't mean its not gone. 

I hope you have all enjoyed my rather cheesy post, and I'm wishing you all the luck in the world with Lent !

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  1. Good luck with both! I'm on an indefinite spending ban. It's not been too bad so far x

    1. Its so hard!!!! Especially as I work in retail! Surrounded by pretty things :( xxx


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