I am giving up cabs and goldfish. I have never participated in Lent before. Every year my coworkers talk about it and people post on facebook what they're giving up and I can never really think of anything I could/should give up, and tell myself as a Mormon I give up enough as it is, so I don't feel too badly about it. However, my goldfish addiction has gotten out of control. I decided this year I would quit during Lent. I'm pretty sure I should lose five pounds.
Additionally, I was just thinking of ways to save money and one of the easiest ways to do that is to quit taking cabs, if you do so regularly. Here's the thing; the easiest way to get from my apartment to my office is to walk. From my experience it's pretty rare to have a destination that is more easily accessable by foot vs subway or bus. There is a subway right by my apartment, but to get close to the office I would have to take it way out of the way, which would not make it time effective. There's a bus, however, I've waited for it. And waited. And waited. After standing around for 5-10 minutes I always give up and walk (or hail a cab.) There was one time I happened to catch it just as it was approaching, however, I still have to walk a bit from the closest stop to my office, and I honestly think I saved myself about two minutes because of traffic. Hands down the fastest way to the office is cab, and second is walking (25 minutes.) Believe it or not, but it's been almost a year at this gig and there hasn't been a day that the weather has been too awful to walk. Wellies, large umbrellas, and warm coats are a must, but they make bad weather totally bearable.
Here's the problem: I have a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning. I have never been that person who gets out of bed without hitting snooze. It doesn't matter how much sleep I get, I hate getting out of bed, so I put it off as long as possible. It's funny how the amount of time I need to get ready changes when the alarm goes off. I always think I can spare an extra 10-15 minutes, but, I never can. And that leaves me hailing a cab and about $8 poorer.
I would say I take a cab about 50% of the mornings (it's not an issue after work.) If an average month has 22 work days, and I take a cab 11 of those days, that's almost $90/month!! That's awful. All for an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep some mornings. So not worth it.
SO. In an attempt to cut down on cost and change the habit, no cabs during Lent.