Lent: Giving up Spending on Things I Don't Need

Yesterday was the first day of Lent. Lent is a time when Christians are encouraged to reflect on their relationship with Jesus and to make more time for him.

Lent means giving up something for 40 days and 40 nights (Sundays dont count in the fast). Lent begins Wednesday 26th February until Thursday 9th of April this year

 I don't usually and I'm not particularly religious. However this year I've decided to give up spending on things I dont need. So if i can live without it than i wont buy it. I'm not going to lie its going to be extremely hard for me to do.

First of all I want to say it's not a spending ban. For me it's about getting me to think "do I really need this?" before I buy something.

Here are some examples of things I don't need:
- More Books 
- New clothes
- A tattoo
- My hair to be dyed
- Takeaways
- Random items such as homeware
- Toys for Blake 

There are of course things that I do need though such as:
- New bras
- Days out to keep Blake entertained - although we will be looking into free ideas too.
- Travel costs
- Gifts/cards for birthdays and mothers day 

I've already had plans to get my eyebrows done and for a meal out on Friday before I had decided to do this so these are things I'm still getting done.  I've decided the best way to help me to stick at this is to remove apps from my phone such as Amazon as the temptation wont be there  especially as I'm a serial online browser.

Do you celebrate lent? Will you be giving anything up?