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Kick The Habit & Save Money



A couple of years ago before I got pregnant with Amelia I was your average 15 a day smoker. I stopped when I found I was pregnant with Amelia even though I had started to cut down before then as I wasn't feeling too good due to anaemia. I look back now and wonder how much money I could have saved by not smoking, could I have saved enough to buy a car or put towards that new laptop I wanted. Even though cigarettes were slightly cheaper back then, they weren't that cheap and the money could have been used for better things instead of decreasing my health.

I am thankful that I stopped and that I haven't started back since giving birth. I've now been smoke free for nearly three years and it's the best decision I could have made. If you look at how much a packet of 20 cigarettes cost today that's roughly £7.50 depending on the brand you purchase. If I smoked 20 a day that a whopping total of £2738 a year! That's just crazy! That money can be used towards a family holiday, a new car, a whole new wardrobe, money towards a deposit...the options are endless. 
There's no need to quit smoking entirely but perhaps looking at different methods of getting your nicotine intake without breaking the bank and a much healthier way to do so is with electronic cigarettes such as these from Freshcig. These can save you over £2000 a year and don't cost much to run, all you need to get started is a starter kit with the electronic cigarette, battery and a few bottles of liquid then over time you repurchase the liquid when you run out. My partner now smokes these and swears by them! He has saved so much money since starting and you can work your way down the nicotine levels weekly or monthly if you wish. 

So if you're looking to kick the habit maybe electronic cigarettes are the way to go for you?

Here are some tips on how to avoid temptation:

1. Avoid situations which will lead you to picking up your cigarettes. For example drink is a major trigger of smoking so if possible whilst you're trying to quit perhaps stay off the booze for a while. Perhaps hunger can lead to you craving a cigarette, try and have a small snack instead of lighting up. 

2. Avoid places where you would usually go to buy cigarettes, if you usually pick them up at the shop around the corner from your house go elsewhere. If you don't go in there you're less tempted to buy a pack. 

3. If possible try and avoid hanging around smokers whilst you're trying to get out of the craving period. It can be tricky but it will help. Also stay away from smoking areas such as outside the pub or at work.

4. Try a new hobby, keep yourself busy and find something to replace your addiction. How about cooking, running or a craft?

Why not use this calculator here to see how much you could be saving on cigarettes a year. 

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4 comments

  1. Great post and great tips! :o)

    Another benefit is that clothing, home, and car will smell better to everyone. :o)

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  2. Great post I'm trying to get my mum to stop by using one of those pipe thingys
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  3. I could think of nothing worse than smoking.No benefit will ever come from smoking;you smell bad,you waste money and continue to do damage to your health.

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  4. The calculator is such a fab way to actually see how much better off you could be by quitting. Im going to try and save enough to get my garden made over next summer.

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