You Think Smoking Cigs Is Expensive? This Chick Was Spending More On Her Addiction Than On Her Mortgage
I used to spend A LOT of money on cigarettes. When I quit smoking I was up to about a pack and a half every day. There are 20 cigarettes-per-pack for those of you that don’t smoke and aren’t familiar with how many cigarettes are in a pack, so I was up to about 30 a day. There’s a handy calculator app out there called ‘QuitNow’ that tells you how much money you’ve saved since you quit smoking cigarettes, and according to that app I’ve saved approximately $17,979 since quitting 9 years ago (2989 days to be exact). With that in mind I’ve got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on (1) how much this chick was smoking, (2) how much money she was spending on cigarettes, and (3) how much money she’s now saving after quitting smoking.
Paula Garnett is a 59-year-old woman from North Wales who was spending more money each month on cigarettes than she was on her own home mortgage. Paula was smoking 80 cigarettes per day, spending roughly $540/month (£370) to feed her addiction. Meanwhile Paula’s home mortgage only cost her ~$500/month (£345). Annually Paula Garnett was spending roughly $6,500 on cigarettes (£4,440)…
Now let’s talk about how much of Paula’s day was spent actually smoking. The general consensus is that (on average) it takes about 5 minutes to smoke one cigarette. Paula Garnett, mother of 5, grandmother of 26, and great grandmother of 17 was smoking 80 cigarettes per day. That’s 400 minutes every day that Paula spent sucking down girts, or 6 hours and 40 minutes of non-stop smoking while Paula was awake. Assuming that Paula gets 8 hours of sleep per night and is awake the other 16 hours then that means there was less than 10 hours a day in which Paula wasn’t smoking a cigarette (while she was awake).