Coffee Hiatus

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday. If you're unfamiliar with Lent, in the Christian tradition, Lent is a period of 40 days preceding Easter. Usually this time is spend investing in sacrifice or almsgiving. For example, many people try and give up something that will help them improve their livelihood; giving up alcohol consumption, avoiding sweets or junk food, or refraining from swearing. Others however use this time to give to others; volunteering, donating books, clothing, or spending more time with loved ones. As a product of the Catholic school system, I always thought of Lent as something mandatory, but I've come to recognize it as a conscious choice to better yourself.

This year, I'm giving up store-bought coffee for Lent. After calculating how much I actually spend on coffee in a month, I was shocked by the amount of money I've invested into soy vanilla lattes! And with my commute over the 520 bridge becoming significantly more costly with the implementation of a new bridge toll ($7 a day roundtrip), I'm hoping my saved money on coffee will help support my commute. My loop hole in my plan is, I'm still allowed to make coffee at home.

If you partake in the season of Lent, what are you planning on doing?

13 comments

Girl in Oslo. said...

I should give up coffee as well:)

good luck :)

the southern hostess said...

What a great thing to give up! Beneficial in multiple ways.

Kate said...

I'm giving up dessert and I can already tell it's going to be a toughie! I gave up coffee a few years ago and haven't been brave enough to do it again;) I like that you are still able to make it at home-it's way cheaper that way!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

ah, lent. i remember you well. :)

i should give up 'excuses' this year. maybe it's not too late...

ps - ugh i'm dreading all these new tolls! i think i'm going to have to get that pass thing. sigh.

Keri said...

$7 dollars a day!!! I would give up driving!
-but good call on the loop hole home made coffee is such a good way to save money.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That's a good one! Ugh, 520 tolls!! And happy birthday to Allie!

keepitskinny said...

i'm giving up cookies...this might be hard.

Mo Pie, Please said...

Good luck - giving up coffee for the shortest period of time is so difficult. Stay strong!

meghan said...

Oh goodness I could not give up my lattes. I've luckily transitioned though to making them at home, so it's not as much of a financial burden as it was initially.

KK said...

I think I will be trying out something new this year - setting aside one item from our home everyday to donate to charity. I think we can probably find 40 things in our house we don't regularly use.

Dew's Days said...

Hi! I've never commented before, but your blog is adorable! I also went to Catholic School, so it's pretty much ingrained in my mind to give something up, although this year I think I'm going to try and give back to the community more, by donating clothes to the salvation army and volunteering at the animal shelter. I just can never stick with my resolution of what to give up! Good luck on day one!

Emma said...

I am giving up meat. I am not religious, but I love that Lent is a time to show self discipline.

Holly said...

$7 is SUCH a hefty daily toll. good luck! you can do it!