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This year I am doing both. I am committing to HomeRoutines (review coming soon), which is a new good habit. I want my house to be clean and uncluttered and to always be ready for visitors.
Bigger and more important is that I am giving up my credit cards for Lent. I am going to use cash for most purchases, which requires planning because I don't usually carry much cash. For groceries and gas, I will use my debit card. Because today is Ash Wednesday, I took my credit cards out of my wallet. I also commit to no Amazon.com, no iTunes purchases, no online shopping at all for the rest of Lent. If I want to buy something non-essential, I need to go to the ATM to get cash to do it, which will hopefully cut down or eliminate impulse purchases.
When I buy something with my credit card, it feels less painful than if I am using a debit card, which is stupid, because using the credit card costs more. My long-term goal is to pay off the credit cards completely and then never carry a balance again. Not using the cards until Easter should make that easier.
Often the habits I test during Lent become permanent ones, like giving up regular and diet soda (I still drink seltzer) or giving up fast food restaurants (which I never really liked anyway). I'm hoping this will be another one that I can make permanent.
Do you do Lent at all?