“It’s not about the money, money, money” sings one of my faves, at the moment, Jessie J. But apart from all the health benefits, the drop in stress levels, and the calmness (yes, the notion that a cigarette calms you down or chills you out is yet another lie from the Nicotine Brigade – as ever, the exact opposite is true), it really can be about the money.
When I stopped, in 2006, a pack of 20 cigarettes cost around here £5.00 in the UK. Now in 2014, that same pack would cost around £8.00 for 20. I would smoke two packs a day.
Let’s split the difference on price. Let’s say that my pack of 20 would have cost me £6.50 a day on average over that time period. (Hey, I’m a writer, not a maths geek)!
So, that’s £13 a day. Every day. Without fail.
365 days in a year, so, with the aid of my trusty steam powered calculator, puff, puff, 365 x £13 = £4745
Almost five grand in ONE year!!
Crikey, I could get a couple of decent cruises in the Caribbean for that, and still have plenty left over to drown in pina colada. (Yum. Nice thought).
Anyhoo, I quit smoking in November, 2006. Let’s give the month of December away (I’m feeling generous today) and work from January 2007, to right about now. Seven years. (Hey, I’ve quit for seven years Wooohooo)!!
That’s 7 x £4745, which is, hang on, puff, puff, puff, gasp:
(If you are reading this over the pond, that’s close to $54,000 bucks, friend.
If you are doubting your decision to quit right now, consider that amount of lovely cash, and what you could do with it right now.
Also consider what that amount could have been if you had invested that money on the stock market at an average annual return of 9%. (My calculator’s acting weird now, you do that math)!
It is about the money money money………….