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Deeply Scared
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Default  Posted: 10:22 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

We quit smoking!!

In those 8 years, I have with no exceptions, pulled out $200.00 less cash every week out of our payroll deposits. That's what we were spending on cigarettes each week when we quit.

$200.00 X 52(weeks)= $10,400.00 a year.

$10,400.00 X 8 (years) = $83,200.00.

That's how much money we have saved by not smoking!! We have done some extraordinary things with that money over the years and there is no better feeling than knowing we paid cash AND our health has benefitted from it

I still love the smell of cigarette smoke and will practically sit in our smoking friends lap when they light up but I couldn't be prouder of us

[This message edited by SI Staff at 10:32 AM, August 2nd (Friday)]

"Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest." My Mom:)

My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.

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Default  Posted: 10:25 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Good job!!!

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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

So amazing. Congratulations!!!

You can call me NIK

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- Carlos Santana

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Default  Posted: 10:27 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Congratulations! That is truly amazing!

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Thank you, Lord, for the lightness of my burdens

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Default  Posted: 10:35 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

That's wonderful!

Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools.

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Default  Posted: 10:47 AM, August 2nd (Friday)


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Default  Posted: 10:50 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

That paid for you new pool last year, right??? Congrats on 8 yrs smoke free....

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Default  Posted: 10:52 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

That's fantastic! Not only have you saved a ton of $$ , your health has benefited as well. Congrats!!

Me: BS
Dday: June 2011
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The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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Default  Posted: 10:56 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Congrats DS!!!!





Can I have a raise?


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Default  Posted: 11:00 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Speaking as an asthmatic who could never understand how anyone would inhale smoke into a perfectly good set of lungs, I congratulate you both on being 8 years smoke free.

Breathe easy my friends

ETA- @Moo

[This message edited by simplydevastated at 11:01 AM, August 2nd (Friday)]

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Default  Posted: 11:12 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

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Default  Posted: 11:15 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Thank you for the hope and inspiration!!!!

BS 40
fWS 36 (SurprisinglyOkay)
A whole bunch of shit that got a lot worse before it got better.
"Knowing is half the battle"

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Default  Posted: 11:25 AM, August 2nd (Friday)

Ohhhhh, good for you and MH, DS!

I quit in 1976; I don't recall what cigarette prices were at the time, but I calculate I spent about $10/week. Times 52 weeks x 37 years, even at 1976 prices, I've saved over $19,000--and much, much more if I re-calculate using the huge increase.

Age: 64..ummmmmmm,, hell born in 1947. You figure it out!

"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks

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Default  Posted: 12:09 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

That is AMAZING, congrats!!!

Me (BS), Him (WH): early 50's
3 DS: teens!!! :)
M: 25 (19 1/2 at Dday), Together 30
Dday: Dec 2008
Limbo-ish, again (after multiple S) -- weighing my options

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Default  Posted: 12:18 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Good for you both!! That is really great news.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indominable will" - Mahatma Gandi

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - Aubrie

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Default  Posted: 1:00 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

How did you do it DS?

I'm looking for options that will not cause me to become homicidal.

I am just your ordinary average everyday sane psycho supergoddess - Liz Phair

Don't keep dancing with the Devil and wonder why you are still in Hell.

It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.

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Deeply Scared
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Default  Posted: 1:23 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Thanks everyone!!! Your support and encouragement is wonderful


We used the Patch and didn't cheat at all. We set a quit date and stuck to it. I can tell you this...we had a few really awful fights the first year. No matter how hard we tried to keep from completely exploding, there were times...well...lets just say the neighbors knew we were fighting

"Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest." My Mom:)

My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.

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Default  Posted: 1:26 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Awesome! The cost alone should be incentive! Good for you for spending it on fun.

Indian wisdom says our lives are rivers. We are born somewhere small and quiet and we move toward a place we cannot see, but only imagine. From Tending Roses

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Default  Posted: 1:32 PM, August 2nd (Friday)


I am always astounded at how much cigarettes cost.

Having lost both my parents who were heavy smokers to lung cancer, you've most definitely done the right thing!


Fidelity isn't a's a choice.

"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always." - Albert Schweitzer
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Default  Posted: 3:23 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Holy cow that's a ton of money saved!

Congrats on quitting!

Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
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Default  Posted: 3:30 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Congratulations on being smoke free.

I trust you is a better compliment than I love you, because you may not trust the person you love, but you can always love the person you trust. - Unknown
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Default  Posted: 4:26 PM, August 2nd (Friday)


best decision of and for your life

.. helps in the kissing department too!!!


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She isn't and never was who I thought..I can't believe who I married and what she did to us.
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Her 63
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Default  Posted: 8:19 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

WAY TO GO DS AND MANGLED!! You are an inspiration to those of us have quit just recently.

Me: 42
Two boys: 17 and 14
Divorced 12-13-05
d-day 10-02-01

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Default  Posted: 8:30 PM, August 2nd (Friday)

Great job

P.S. I totally get this:

I still love the smell of cigarette smoke and will practically sit in our smoking friends lap when they light up

The only problem is that it makes me crave one

Me: FBW/30 Him: FWH/33 The kidlets: DS13, DS10, and DD8 The hounds: Four Shih Tzu's
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Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future.~Proverbs 31:25

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Default  Posted: 12:43 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

I needed this today. I quit on April 15 (no aids, just plain cold turkey) and had a really bad craving today that lasted almost the whole afternoon. I almost bought a pack on my way home but I resisted.

Time to throw another $7.50 in my Italy jar.

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Default  Posted: 6:22 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)


Just awesome!

Proud of both of you!!!

Take up your space (and do it well).

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Default  Posted: 6:55 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

Thanks for posting! That is so awesome.

FWS me 36 (recovering addict)
BS him 39 AFrayedKnot
Together 7 years
2 children

"Your secrets keep you sick"

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Default  Posted: 8:16 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

That is awesome!
8 years ~ way to go!
Son #1 quit a year and a half ago, but occasionally cheats with an Old Port Colt (cigar?).
Son #2 still smokes, but has cut back.
H and I can't stress enough how much healthier they both would be AND save money!

[This message edited by looking forward at 8:17 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)]

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Default  Posted: 8:31 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

That is awesome!

My grandmother quit smoking after having smoked for 20+ years. She never "cheated", but kept a crushed up cigarette in a ziplock bag in a drawer. Every now and then she would just sniff the bag.

me...BS, 43 years old, 2 small kids
WS, 41, multiple gay affairs
M 15 years, together 17

"For whatever we lose, like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find in the sea" ee cummings

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Default  Posted: 8:48 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

Excellent!!!! This is wonderful to hear. I'm sure you are inspiring others too

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Default  Posted: 9:44 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

Wow, awesome DS and MH!!!!

You give me hope...I'm down to one pack a day give or take a few cigs. That money figure is looking soooooo good...and, of course, the health benefits!

PS...did you go 'cold turkey'?

~~"You can't run away from yourself"!!! Me to my H when he descended into adultery insanity.
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~~"The day breaks-your mind aches"

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Default  Posted: 10:03 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

Yay! That's a ton of money saved too.

D-day(s),after years of TT and Gaslighting was Labor Day Weekend 2012, continuing for a week after. *Dammit! More TT 3/9/13
Really trending toward D- planning about it is my "happy place" now.

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Default  Posted: 11:24 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

So proud of you guys - it's not easy at all.

(((DS & MH)))

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Default  Posted: 11:42 AM, August 3rd (Saturday)

That is amazing! Such a hard thing to do, and such an amazing accomplishment. Congrats to you both!!

Me: BS/39
Him: WS/37
DDay: August 23, 2009
Together 14 years.

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Default  Posted: 8:51 PM, August 3rd (Saturday)


Congratulations to you both and thanks for being an inspiration to so many.

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Default  Posted: 9:18 PM, August 3rd (Saturday)

That's wonderful!! Keep it up forever!

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Default  Posted: 11:26 PM, August 3rd (Saturday)


I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

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Default  Posted: 7:54 PM, August 5th (Monday)

Wow, congratulations! I can't believe it's been that long. I remember when you started saving, and then that amazing Italy trip. That is soooo impressive and I'm very happy for you both!

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