Smokefree days: 2,623
Total savings: $60,066
I share these stats today because, of course, it’s not just $60,066 that I have “saved” but rather $120,132 because my partner in crime matched me smoke for smoke and the price I put in was the old price so it’s actually far more money that we haven’t wasted on stupid cigarettes. Anyway, we are happily more than seven years smoke-free and we really are happy to be free of it. If you’re in early days and struggling, just keep fighting the good fight. It does get better.l. Spend that money on nicer things, plan a big treat and enjoy life.
So, for about a day, I can’t log in at all. Now I can and I go to comment on a few new bloggers’ posts and my name now shows as up Anonymous. WTAF QL. Your IT crew needs to be sacked. They have one job and that is to make this site user-friendly and functional - epic fails with both of these critical functions in the last few months, let alone the last few years. Since this is a government funded initiative (i.e the tax payers (us)) please disclose who is providing the IT services and how much they charge - methinks someone might be milking the public teat here.
Smokefree days: 2,560
Total savings: $58,624
It was 12 July 2012 when we finally got to our sticky quit. Goodness knows, we’d tried so many, many times before. The difference? I think it was the support of the other quitters on this site who just said stay strong, keep going and suchlike. So, we did and honestly we could never imagine smoking again. When I see someone smoking, I’m not jealous. I’m relieved to be free.
We do not have $117,248.00 in our bank account but we have definitely enjoyed spending that money on nicer things than smokes. Hope everyone is having a lovely day (raining here) and a nice weekend coming up.
Smokefree days: 2,500
Total savings: $57,250
62,500 smokes not smoked (or rather 125,000 because PSPSP and I smoked together). I worked out that at today’s prices, we’d be spending about $460 a week to feed our addiction. Wowsers, people are expected to live on less than that! Honestly, I don’t miss smoking one little bit. With the weather getting all cold and nasty, it’s nice to be able to stay inside where it’s all toasty and warm. If you’re just starting out, let me reassure you, it does get easier. You get to a point where you don’t even think about smoking anymore. Hi to all the long-time quitters too - it’s been great to see you all jump back on here to give support to those who are starting their smoke-free lives.
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Thunderbirds are go
I just found a spreadsheet where I had collated stats from 2014. Thought some might like to see some blasts from the past. If you see your name and want to say hi, that would be great. PSPSP and I are 6+years smokefree and still loving it.
These are my stats today - 2184 smoke free days, 54,600 cigarettes not smoked, $50,013 saved. There's two of us in this quit so we get to double those numbers. Unfortunately, we don't have $100K in the bank - we've just spent the money on much nicer things than cigarettes. If you are in the early days and struggling, please be reassured that it doesn't always stay that hard. It does get easier. I never miss smoking at all - I just absolutely love the freedom of not smoking and we're coming up to our sixth anniversary.
Smokefree days: 2,000
Total savings: $45,800
So between PSPSP and I, we haven't smoked 100,000 smokes. Seems to be an unreal number. Still, we're grateful every day to be smokefree. We haven't "saved" the money. We've just spent it on nicer things. If you're in the early days and struggling to get through, believe me when I tell you - it does get better. It gets so good that you forget you ever smoked. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays, and spending time with friends and family.
If you are commenting, I'm not sure if it allows you to enter your QL nickname. So, in case it doesn't, everyone should quickly put up a blog (you could make it a private blog) so that your real name doesn't show up in any comments put up on other's blogs, as in Pop's one below.
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 45650
Total savings: $41,815.40
I honestly thought I would never be able to quit. Turns out I was wrong!! Normally I'm not happy being wrong but this time I am. I love, love, love being smokefree. I don't crave those nasty sticks anymore and I'm a heck of a lot richer. Richer in time, confidence and money. Those early days are tough but stick with it and one day you'll get to the end of the day and realise you haven't given one single thought to smoking. Then you will be the boss of you rather than the cigarettes ruling your life. We're watching the ABs tonight with a few friends and some bevvies - fingers crossed for an AB win.