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I QUIT… and saved over $70,000

Many of the people I currently know would be surprised to learn that I am a QUITTER.  Most of my friends would characterize me as someone that never quits.

They may be even more surprised to know that what I quit was smoking.  Yep, me.  I am a former smoker.  I quit smoking on March 9, 1997.

Okay, here is how it happened…

I was sitting in a restaurant with a couple of friends.  A few hours prior, I had asked Jesus to forgive me of all the things I had ever done wrong and be the leader of my life.  I had become a Christian.  So, John and Sue and I, and a few others, were sitting at IHOP, talking about what it meant to be a Christian.  As we were sitting there talking, I was chain smoking, as per usual.  John said something about how he wanted to be a good example, and I said in between puffs, “Yah, I don’t ever want to do anything that would turn anyone away from Jesus.”  As I pulled that cigarette from my lips, I realized that people may look at my cigarettes and think that I was a bad example, or worse yet, a hypocrite.

I stubbed out my cigarette and quit.  I didn’t use any smoking cessation books or nicotine patches, although I would have if I needed to. I just suddenly had absolutely no desire to light up again.  In fact, the few times I put a cigarette to my lips, out of habit, I nearly vomited.

It as been over 13 years since I quit smoking.

I hadn’t really thought much about cigarettes in a long time, until the other day I saw an advertisement at a local gas station for the brand I used to smoke.  A pack was nearly five dollars!  When I quit, I smoked three packs a day!  Wow.  Based on the average price of cigarettes today, I have saved $70, 463.25.  That is a WHOLE LOT OF CASH!

So, then I was looking at another bloggers site and saw that she was on day 9, and thought I would share my story.

Do you smoke?  Would you like to quit?

I am posting this to say, with 4782 days under my belt, it can be done.

You may need patches.

You may need a book.

You may need one of those new fangled electronic cigarettes.

Or, you may be extremely blessed (like me) and be able to quit cold turkey.

Whatever the case may be, if you quit, you can add years to your life!  Did you know that fifteen years after quitting, my risk of a heart attack will be the same as someone who has never smoked?

So, be a quitter and save!

Are you a former smoker? How did you do it? I would love to hear!

Be blessed,


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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Wow! I am so touched! This was not only inspirational to others but was so….sweet! Your kind words really touched me. I too want to be a good example for others but most of all my children.

    Thank you for your support! God bless you as well! 🙂
    .-= Stefanie´s last blog ..Day 9 – Top 5 Reasons =-.

  2. Oh and I might add that over $70,000 is insane!!! If I can keep up my good work I will be saving…$1500 in a year!!! 🙂 See…this is getting better and better every time I think of something else or someone else reminds me of something! lol 🙂 Thanks for that!
    .-= Stefanie´s last blog ..Day 9 – Top 5 Reasons =-.

  3. That is awesome! Good for you and everyone else that is doing this for themselves and the ones that they love! This is a great idea that Stephani is doing too! I wish her all the luck in the world!!!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!!!

  4. It’s interesting that you posted this. On Easter we were heading back from having breakfast with my family upstate and we were at the gas station getting gas. My kids already know smoking is bad for your health. I told them to look at the sign on the side of the gas station with the cigarette prices and told the kids that some people smoke 2-3 packs per day (if not more!) and asked them to figture out how much $$$ two packs a day would cost. They were both pretty shocked when they learned the answer. I then asked them what they could do with that same amount of money. They talked about places they would like to visit, things they would like to buy, and so forth. I told them to remember this when someone pushes a cigarette into their face and tells them to try it.

    Good for you!!! 13 years is a long time. Here’s to 13 more years… and then some.

  5. WOW! That’s awesome!

  6. Yep I did it too almost a year ago now! It was hard but I am soooo thankful that I finally kicked the habit! I started was too young 12-13 years old!

  7. Wow that’s great. I’m not a smoker but I’ve heard that it is incredibly hard to stop smoking. Nice of you to inspire others!

  8. Congrats!! That’s a ton of money to save! That’s not even including any kind of medical bills you could have incurred from smoking as well!
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Pretty Flowers =-.

  9. You know, my grandparents quit cold turkey like that. My dad, on the other hand struggled for two years, and then gave up and started again 🙁

    Good for you girl! <3 <3

    I just love you and your not-so-stinky self (well, except the sweat! 🙂 <3

  10. whoops… guess who commented FIRST… must go back to original link and SU! 🙂

  11. Wow – that really adds up! Glad you made the decision to quit, I’m so impressed by your resolve. Not many are able to quit cold turkey like that.