How much are cigarettes these days? (I haven't smoked since 1973) I guess I could google that...
just wait...I'll check....hmmm...
....well, it's hard to find...but this is what I saw for the State in which I live, and this was published in 2009:
May 4, 2009 ... A pack of premium cigarettes in Washington now costs at least $7, which adds up to more than $2500 a year for pack-a-day smokers...
Well what's my point already, you ask? I want you to go get yourself a piggie bank...and on every other day, instead of giving your cigarette money to Safeway, put $7 in your piggie bank. You smoke 1/2 pack a day? $3.50 a day by 2009 Washington State prices. Put that money in the piggie bank and call it your KNITTING & YARN FUND!
Use your smoking money to purchase quality yarn! Yarn that you wouldn't purchase anyways. Or, purchase a set of Addi CLICKS interchangeables! Or, purchase the full set of BOTH KnitPicks OPTIONS and Harmony's! Use your smoker money for a luxury knitting item! A wooden swift and ball winder! A professional blocking board! A new Namaste knitting bag!
Every time you use your new Addi CLICKS, or wooden swift & ball winder, or any LUXURY knitting item...think to yourself: "This could have gone up in smoke!"
If you are just 1/2 pack-a-day smoker, you will collect $105 in your YARN FUND each and every month!
($1,260 per year!) With that kind of knitting cash stash,
you could really go hog wild
at next year's Stitches, with classes and yarn!
I didn't mention
anything about the health benefits
of a non-smoking life. You know all that. Wish my mother had realized the benefits. She died at age 46 of smoker's lung cancer. It was ugly.
And best wishes to you and your resolve to quit smoking!
Your family will bless you for doing it for them, if not for yourself!
Now go get that piggie bank set up!