Renounce and Save: How Much You Save Giving Up These 20 Things
The solemn observance of Lent is associated with several Christian denominations -- but you don't have to be religious to improve your life and spare your wallet by abstaining from vices for six weeks. Cutting out guilty pleasures and secret weaknesses can save big over the traditional 40-day period of sacrifice. Here are some things to consider cutting out, with the biggest savings at the end.
Oreos are the most popular cookie in the world, with around a half-trillion sold since they were introduced in 1912, according to Time, and one pack goes for $3. Passing on a pack a week saves nearly $18 over 40 days.
There's a reason steak is considered a luxury: Red meat is expensive. Have it three times a week (such as a pound of shoulder tender chuck for $3.82) and that’s about $11.46 every seven days. Stretched out over six weeks, staying away means savings of $69.
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The average cost of a six-pack of Coors Light or Bud Light is $5.79, according to the University of Puget Sound in Washington. Drinking half a six-pack every night after work costs $116 over 40 days, which is how much will be saved by renounced the habit for that time.
The average price of popular value-tier wines such as Yellow Tail and Barefoot is between $4 to $10. Rounding it out to an even $7 and presuming two glasses a night (half of a standard 750ml bottle), that's $140 to save or spend over 40 days.
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In 2015, 201.1 million people spent an average of $1,695 each shopping online, based on figures from Internet Retailer. That's $4.64 a day. If that sounds familiar, curtail the online shopping for 40 days and save $186.