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How Lent Has Affected My Budget

March 6, 2009 by Lulu in Daily life with 10 Comments

Hello money savers!

We are going through a period of Lent right now and this is impacting my budget in a positive way I think.

Lent is a period where Catholics take time to seriously reflect on their lives and make a sacrifice as a reaffirmation of faith. Some people give up alcohol (I don’t drink) or smoking (I don’t smoke) but I decided to give up a few foods for Lent.

I will not be eating ANY red meat or drinking juice for the 40 days of Lent so that means no more Subway sandwiches on Sundays and Mondays for me. I have been spending about $20 for the month on Subway so this should translate to a reduction in spending for me.

I have not calculated what I spend on juice for the month but since I will only be drinking water with all meals except breakfast, I think the savings will add up as well.

This savings on juice and red meat should also translate into a healthier body for me as well since we know how many calories are in juice. I hope to be saving money and getting healthier this Lent….all while growing in my spirituality.



  1. myprettypenniesMarch 6, 2009 at 9:10 amReply

    I actually gave up shopping for Lent. My spring wardrobe might look a little drab until Easter… but at least it will affect my budget pretty nicely! Nice blog!

    • LuLuGalMarch 6, 2009 at 10:43 amReplyAuthor

      Hi PrettyPennies,
      Hmmmm I am not a ‘shopper’ so I guess giving that up would not be a sacrifice for me. I am not buying clothes right now anyway because I am trying to lose a little weight.

      I am having juice cravings now…..especially at lunch when I am eating my plain tuna or cheese sandwiches. My coworkers are also having a lunch today and they are bringing lovely looking drinks that I can’t have. :-(
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Meeting roomsMarch 6, 2009 at 10:02 amReply

    I’m catholic and do take Lent very religiously, but I do think fasting is something everyone should try one time in their life like myprettypennies said in her blog. It not only develops self-discipline, but helps us in our daily sanity.I saved over $12.00 on savings last month and this month will definitely be more. Thanks Lulu.

    • LuLuGalMarch 6, 2009 at 10:46 amReplyAuthor

      I have tried the fasting thing but that one is really hard for me. My blood sugar drops quickly and I get REALLY angry when I am hungry. I sort of turn into the Incredible Hulk when I am hungry.

      I guess I could eat smaller portions to ease into the fasting scene.

  3. Penelope @ PecuniaritiesMarch 6, 2009 at 9:00 pmReply

    This is really interesting; I’m not Catholic but think this is something everyone should try to see what you can do without or cut back on, or actually to learn that you usually can get along without things you thought you couldn’t do without.

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    • LuLuGalMarch 7, 2009 at 9:14 amReplyAuthor

      I thought I could not get along without drinking juice but I have made it so far. I have been thinking about the juice at work but since I only have a giant bottle of water…and no money to go to the vending machine I just make do with what I have.

      At home it is a little bit more of a challenge because I do have a bottle of yummy grapefruit juice in the fridge. I pushed it way to the back and put the Brita jug of water in front of it. That way I have to move the water to get to the juice…..and then I just decide to drink water since it is already in my hand. :-)

  4. Jennifer @ Money Saver 101March 8, 2009 at 1:54 amReply

    Living in temporary housing, I haven’t even attended church, let alone fasted. I’m Orthodox, so we fast as well during the Lenten season. In fact, I’m so behind, I’m not even sure where we are on our calendar. Shame on me.

    Excellent work, though. Have a blessed lent.

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