It is custom for many Christians to give up something of luxury during the 6 weeks period of Lent. I’ve noticed that most people tend to give up their favorite food or drinks. It’s pretty common to give up candy and chocolates. There were a few years in high school and college that I gave up French fries or Coke.
Although traditionally a time of fasting, modern day Lent is now a time to either give something up or take something on while getting closer to Jesus to help you make that change. Finances can be something that you change for the better during Lent.
Here are 4 ways to spend less and save more during Lent
- Pick a “luxury” that costs you money and stop doing it for Lent. This can be getting your nails done, going out to eat, anything.
- Go hard core and spend no money on yourself for the duration of Lent. This is one I’d like to try on day.
- Find something that you spend money on, but aren’t utilizing well. Start utilizing it more during Lent. The gym is a great example here! I’ve gotten out of the habit of going, but we still pay the membership fee. I could make it a goal to go twice a week and if I don’t meet that goal during Lent, cancel the membership and save a bit of money.
- Start a mini savings plan during Lent and put away a percentage of your paycheck each week. Everyone should be saving a percentage of their paycheck, but if you still haven’t started this, Lent is a great trial period. Hopefully by the end of Lent you’ll be so used to saving that money that the habit will continue! This is a great way to get you in the habit of donating money to your church or favorite charity too.
Of course, you can do something for Lent that doesn’t involve money!
The best thing I’ve ever done during Lent was to add in my daily devotions. I’ve always had daily devotions nearby, but I didn’t get into the habit of doing it daily until I added it in for Lent.
This year I’m giving up meat, sugar, and alcohol. I know that sounds extreme, but since I just did Whole30, I feel like this is going to be a piece of cake.
What are your views on Lent? Do you give anything up? Take anything on? Will you be trying to curb your spending during Lent?