Skip to main content

Lenten Disciplines - Spending

One of the disciplines I've decided to follow this lent is to not buy anything I don't need.  If you think about that though, that could mean a lot of different things.  It could be modified to fit whatever situation.

Say that I realize my car gets 17 miles per gallon of gas.  Then my reservation comes up for the smart ForTwo which gets 40 to 50 miles per gallon.  Seems like the money I'd save and impact on the environment is worth the purchase right?  Ok, maybe not, but say there's a major repair needed on my car, let's just take for example the fact that one front headlight is burnt out.  Now, is it worth spending all that money on the repair, or do I buy the car with a warranty?  Obviously, at this point, I need the car.

Where this reasoning did lead me was just how fungible needs are.  We need food, so we have to spend money going to the grocery store.  When we're there though, how do we decide what we need for food?  Do we need yogurt, or can we survive on cereal?  Do we need cereal or can we go with a banana?  Do we need steak, or can we get by with bread and cheese?  It's so easy for us to confuse wants and needs.  I can't even remember when I lived off of Ramen noodles and $5 for gas in college.

I wonder if it's possible to spend absolutely nothing for Lent.

It'd take some planning.  You'd have to save and prepay your mortgage for a month, not to mention all your other utilities.  You'd have to significantly curtail your driving so that you don't have to buy gas.  You'd have to buy nonperishable food before Lent or survive off of gifts from others.

Just thinking about a spend-free Lent sounds so exciting to me.  To have to plan ahead and live off what you've budgeted, knowing that when you run out, you go without.

Anyone interested in giving it a try with me next year?  I tend to think my wife isn't interested, and I wonder how I could explain it to Rachel.



Missa said…
Nice thought, hope it works for you! But I hope you get a full tank of gas when you drive up, no driving on fumes alloed in NJ, LOL!!
p.s. I guess I'm cooking that whole weekend, aren't I, no wait, Erin and I can go out to eat, hehe!

Popular posts from this blog

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Microsoft Access

I've answered this question in some form or another far more times than I care to count.  Most often it's a question of "why do I need a fancy Web application when I can just build this myself in two days in Access.  I mean, the data's already in Excel."  So I figured I'd post out what I threw together, I know I've missed some points. Overview Microsoft Access is an ideal solution for relatively small datasets and a limited number of users. From the Microsoft Web site: “As a desktop database, Access is well suited for small, departmental applications. These applications may start as one user’s project. For example, an employee realizes that productivity can be increased if a paper-based process is automated with an Access application. Other users in the department recognize that they can take advantage of the application if additional features are added. As more features are added, more employees run the application. As time goes by, more and more Access

Beryllium Spheres

I'm sitting here at home watching The Shadow , easily one of the best movies made based on one of the best old time radio shows.  I hadn't picked up on this earlier, but the weapon used to destroy the city is none other than the same power source used to power the NSEA Protector in Galaxy Quest . I never knew Beryllium was so cool.  Now I want a sphere of my own. Anyone know of other places Beryllium Spheres are mentioned? Peace, +Tom

Red-Gate SQL Compare

Every now and then I come across a program that becomes so ingrained in my daily work that I hardly know how I'd get by without it.  I'll probably break down a couple over the next few days, but for database work, I have never found anything as good as Red Gate's SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare .  Essentially these tools let you compare two SQL Server databases (all objects, users, permissions, functions, diagrams, anything) and update changes to whichever database you want.  This is amazingly useful for deploying database changes to a test or production environment (do it to production with ridiculous care, even though it will generate a SQL Script for you and run all updates in one transaction), and making sure everything is synchronized. For releases we can just generate the compare script, confirm that the changes match the updates we want to go out, and store it all in one place with the release details.  This is true for both the structure and the data, to