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4 products from 40 days

Since my 1L year at Creighton, a Jesuit university, I have tried to observe Lent--at least as it relates to giving up something. My sacrifices have varied from internet use during class to the snooze button, depending on what I've been struggling with or indulging in.

This year I wanted to do something to help me keep my spending in check, so I committed to a pretty broad goal: No Shopping. I had some built-in exceptions, of course, like groceries, birthday gifts, and genuine necessities. But for 40 days, I basically didn't buy makeup, hair care products, clothes, shoes, etc.

I wasn't perfect, but I did pretty well.

The results were hard to deny. I paid off a high-interest loan and a credit card that has carried a balance since I was in undergrad. I was blessed to make a good number of Poshmark sales, too, so while I wasn't buying new I was also getting rid of old!

Anyway, an unexpected byproduct of this year's Lent was figuring out that I had some much-loved produ…

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