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Buy Less Live More for Lent

Connie Prater

What are you giving up for Lent this year? The Methodist Church of Britain has a theme for Lent that can best be described as the anti-credit card campaign.

It’s called “Buy Less Live More” (Hat tip Ekklesia). Lent — a time when Christians typically fast or forego certain behaviors in penitence — is the 40 days leading up to Easter. The church is asking followers to give up credit card use for the 2008 Lenten season, which beings Feb. 6 (Ash Wednesday).

To help you keep the faith, they offer a free credit card substitute. Print a wrapper to go around the credit card or cards in your wallet. Every time you reach to pay for something with the credit card it will remind you to think twice before spending.

This may help people whose New Year’s resolutions involved making wiser choices about credit card spending. And those of you getting the post-holiday credit card statements in the mail. Maybe now’s a good time to quit — or cut back.

See related: and “Cure the debt hangover, shed credit card debt in ’08” and “How to escape that holiday credit card debt

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  • Tom

    Interesting story.

  • casey

    It reminds me of the anti-smoking campaigns where people tucked photos of their kids in their cigarette packs. Anything that gets us to think twice and upset that well oiled spending machine (think Visa commercials) is a good thing.