Yup, it’s LENT season again friends!!! Time to give something up like a good little Catholic ;) Although disregard the fact I’m already 2 weeks late INTO Lent! (D’oh) And because I’ve been turning into such a sailor lately, I’ve decided to ding myself $1.00 every time I spout out some of that colorful language I can’t seem to shake. Which, according to my wife, will mean I’ll go through $100 a day when I talk to Nate St. Pierre (for some reason he brings it outta me?). And we’ll use FCC rules too: so no F-bombs, poop words, a-holes, or that nasty C one. I’ll even try and disregard the bitchs & damns too – go right for the gold, eh?! (that didn’t count, btw)
Then, at the end of the 40 days – on Easter – I will offer up this pot of cash to our church, and hopefully get back to the proper boy my Mom once knew. It’s gonna be a challenge, I won’t lie, but it won’t be the first time I overcame such adversity ;) Here’s a look back at the previous 4 years of Lent sacrificing:
2007: Gave up sodas. Sodas!!! Which I drank every single day! Now I only allow myself to drink ’em over the weekends or holidays – just don’t crave them as much as I used to. Which obviously is a good thing!
2008: Gave up shopping! By far the BEST thing I’ve ever given up before. Not only because it saved me money during those 40 or so days, but because it ingrained a new pattern in my head! Not buying any “wants” literally changed the course of my shopping behavior for the rest of my life (well, 3 years and counting so far). I went from going into stores like Best Buy, Target, and the mall 3 times a week to now maybe once a month – sometimes every two months. Crazy, huh? The last time I estimated the monthly savings, it came out to about $320 :) That’s almost $4,000 a year! Not to mention the amount of free time it opened up…
2009: Gave up complaining :) I had to put $1.00 in a jar every time I caught myself bitchin’ and moaning about something (Crap. Did I just say the B-word? !!!! $1.00!!) I got dinged quite a bit in the first week or two — you don’t realize how much you complain until you start paying attention! — by the 3rd week we were doing alright though. I think I had around $20 total in that jar by the end of it, and I donated it all to our church the next time we were there.
2010: Huh… I can’t remember what I gave up last year. Candy? Chocolate? Why the heck didn’t I blog about it! haha… I do recall doing a $200 Prosper giveaway last year which tied into the Lent season, but dang – guess I just glazed over it or somethin’. FAIL.
So we’ll see what happens, friends! It’ll be good for the church, for me, and for the good man upstairs :) And hopefully it’ll stick so I can tighten up my reputation! Shiioooooooooooot. Any of y’allz giving something up? Anyone try this before?
Dang it!!!! Just read out the title of this post to the Mrs. and forgot to bleep it!! $2.00 already! Sigh…
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