This is way more than what you originally pay for a pack of cigarettes. You may not see it on a day-to-day basis, but that’s because you are used to spending that much money.
Once you quit, it will become apparent very quickly. You’ll be shocked!
I never realized how much the cost was for me until I finally quit.
After that, I wasn’t going into the convenience store in the first place.
I cut out all those things and reaped the rewards big time.
When you buy cigarettes, how often do you JUST buy them? Half the time? Hardly ever?
Even if it were just half the time, that would mean you’re spending more money per visit EVERY OTHER TIME YOU GO!
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Let’s say when you go to buy them, you also buy a bag of chips. Let’s say your pack costs $5, and you smoke a pack a day.
Without chips, that’s $5 x 30 days = $150 a month.
Let’s say the chips are $1 and you buy them every other time.
That’s $1 x 15 days = $15 a month.
So now you’ve just raised your monthly total on “just buying cigarettes” to $165.
Multiply that by 12 months in a year and you’re spending $1980 per year.
That’s a lot of money! What else could you be spending that on in your life if you weren’t a smoker?
Let’s go even further…
Let’s say every time you buy a pack, you also buy chips, a candy bar, and a soda. Let’s say all 3 of those things cost $1 each, with a pack costing $5.
the true cost is now…
•$150 a month on cigarettes
•$3 x 30 days = $90 per month on “extras”
Now you’re up to $240 per month just on going into a convenience store and buying all those things.
Per year you’ll be spending $240 x 12 months = $2880!
Can you afford that?
Just think of having that money in your bank account if you just gave up your bad habits.
For me, when I would relapse, I would punish myself by drinking and smoking as much as I could to “teach myself a lesson” and quit for good next time.
So when I would smoke, I’d be not only spending $5 on a pack, but also $25 at the bar, more money in the slot machines, and maybe some coffee after that.
The night could easily turn into a $100 dollar night, maybe even more.
You also have to think about your future health. If you’re a smoker, you get sick often.
When you’re sick, you need medicine. That costs money, too.
Are you prepared for that?
Sadly, most people don’t think about these things. They only think about smoking and getting their fix.
They don’t stop and realize that bag of chips is adding up, or calling in sick to work, because of a hangover, is making them lose a whole day’s pay, plus medicinal costs.
When you stop, yes you may get sick every once in a while, but not as much.
Plus you won’t be stopping everyday at the convenience store to buy your daily supply and other stuff. You’ll be saving all that money.
Put that money aside. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it adds up.
Buy yourself something nice. Treat yourself to a nice dinner. Pay off debt. Get health insurance. Put it in the bank.
It really is unlimited to what you can do once you quit, but you’ll never know how great life can be until you find out for yourself.
Until then, you’ll be spending a lot of money on total junk.