Let me start by saying that I'n not Catholic but I am a non denominational Christian. Now that Lent started and it's Ash Wednesday I'm hearing everyone talking about what they're giving up. Honestly I have no Idea what to give up and don't recall a time when I gave something up for Lent. I do think giving something up for 40 days not including Sundays is a sacrifice and it may be a good idea.The question is what can I give up till Thursday, April 9, which is three days before Easter. I found 5 great ideas on cnn and liked how they justified them so much that I wanted to share them with you.

Coffee

You probably already know that giving up coffee can lead to impressive savings, especially if you've been grabbing your java on the go. Cutting a $4 drink each day will save you $28 a week and $160 the entire 40 days of Lent. Consider donating that cash to a charity you're passionate about.

Gossip

This Lenten season, steer conversations away from gossip. If a friend starts talking about someone else, say something nice about that person and change the subject. You can also tell your friends that you're trying to avoid gossip. They might appreciate the nudge toward positivity.

Alcohol

Giving up that glass of wine with dinner might be tough, but it could have life-changing benefits. Pressing pause on alcohol could improve your sleep, skin, and mood — and help you save money while you do it.

Donate three things each day

For example, you could donate three lightly worn pieces of clothing, three toys, three books, or three cans of food. Can't find three things? Give a compliment to three strangers or leave a 30% tip on your next meal.

Meat

You'll already be avoiding meat on Fridays during Lent — and so you might as well do it the entire Lenten season. If giving up all meat is not possible, give up red meat only or limit your meat intake to certain days of the week