It’s The Most Frually Time Of The Year!

Farewell, sweet frozen pizza!  I’ll see you in 40 days…

 

Today may be that bacchanal celebration of Mardi Gras, but tomorrow kicks off my favorite frugal holiday, LENT.  Ahhhh, Lent.  The time of year where we give something up for a full forty days.  Preferably something that wastes money.

This year I’m giving up the following needless expense:

Frozen pizzas, to include Totinos.  Oh sure, a Party Pizza only costs about a $1.40, but when you eat as many of them as I do?  It adds up.  I’m also giving up all other frozen pizzas, like Lean Cuisine.  May as well remove all temptation, am I right?  Frozen pizza is not an essential food product, it lacks nutritional value, and they cost more than, say, a bag of baby carrots.

The other side of Lent is donation.  You save money, so you can spend it on doing good for others.  Also, you can give of yourself and your time, which is what I intend to do:

1.  Donate blood.  I missed my last blood donation appointment, so I’ll be sure to make it up this Lenten season.  I recommend the Memorial Blood Drive Centers for the best blood-donating experience.

2.  Host a food drive.  Food shelves around the country are suffering from lack of donations.  I want to do my part and hold a month-long food drive at the office where I work.  And food drives are quite possibly one of the easiest charitable acts you can commit – set up a big box, email a request for donations, remind your co-workers once a week, take the donations to your nearest food shelf, DONE.

Do you celebrate Lent?  And are you giving up anything?

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3 Comments

  1. Tashi
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    I commend you for giving up your beloved Totino’s Party Pizzas! :-) Being I celebrate Lent as well, I plan on giving up frozen pizzas (I love making my own, anyway, and have been for some time), cookies, and candy. I usually don’t indulge in any of those that frequently, as it is. However, I do enjoy them on occasion. I goof up on at least one Friday every Lent, it seems. I think last year was the first that I actually didn’t. Hopefully, this year will also be a “clean sweep.”

    By the way, loved your blood donation suggestion; my church had a drive yesterday — which I completely forgot about. But I’m sure the opp exists somewhere. Food drive idea, awesome as well!

  2. Posted February 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    Awesome sacrifice! In the past we have given up Bojangles, soda, and sweets. This year we are giving up our personal fb pages, I’m hoping it will break my addiction!

  3. Diane
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM | Permalink

    Why is it soooo difficult to find what I’m looking for on your site?!?!?
    Is there a method that I’m just not undertanding!!! Why can’t I ever find the information I need. Once I find it I can never find it again!?!?! WTH!!!

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