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Lent: 40 days over which individuals traditionally give something up. It is a chance to try something new, and to possibly renew the new year’s resolutions that have perhaps already been left behind.
Lent is not just exclusive to religious people – it's a good opportunity for you to give up something you might overindulge with unnecessarily on a regular basis. Lent starts the day after Shrove Tuesday (pancake day), which is supposedly a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
To strip yourself of lavish items can be humbling – you might realise that you don't really need them, which could change your outlook and maybe even save you some money along the way, too. In modern Western society people can often be overly materialistic, whereas in in other parts of the world many people have very little.
So this year why not challenge yourself? Give yourself an easy or hard challenge, and donate the money you save from what you give up.
Give up your daily takeaway tea or coffee on the way into work
Resist that weekend takeaway
Walk to work rather than driving or catching public transport
Take a packed lunch to work
Give up smoking
Share your challenges with us.
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