Today is Smoke-free Day 213.
As much as I still count my smoke-free days (because it brings me joy and wonderment and reminds me not to trade it in for an occasional tugging - any real urges have been gone for quite awhile), I haven't really paid any attention to the money saved. Smart people take the money they used to spend on cigarettes and physically, in cash, put it somewhere instead so that at some point they have a little pile of loot to enjoy or invest, depending on personality, I s'pose. Since I always paid for cigarettes with my debit card, and since insurance (Kaiser) thankfully covered the Chantix as a co-pay if I followed their rules (yes, lucky, most don't cover at all), I just let the money stay in the bank where I probably don't need to explain that it got lost in the shuffle and commingled with all of my other pennies (saying "all of my other money" would have made me sound far more monied than I am...). This all means that I had no idea how much I'd saved until I actually *looked* at the meter that pretty much sits up there every day ignored by my oblivious self.
$637.20 (based on my smoking habit at the end when I'd already cut back considerably)
I suppose at some point it would have happened anyway that the money not being spent on smoking would have been absorbed into the mundane like higher winter electric bills and groceries and things like Hello Kitty socks (because I know *everyone* owns as many pairs as I do), but that $637.20 would have been made for a nice little treat right about now. I still come out ahead, though, just knowing that it's $637.20 that I did not spend on poison to slowly kill myself. Anything else is better than that. I can't believe how much money I spend over the 20+ years I smoked, and I'm just so glad that I quit now that it's so much more stupid expensive than it was when I started because that adds up to even crazier money now. Well over a thousand dollars per year I'll save times hopefully the next bucket load of years. Wow.