The end goal
Let’s break it down: every time you buy cigarettes you’re spending your hard-earned money. Using the average spend for a 20-a-day smoker, we’ve worked out just how much you’ll save if you stop smoking for just a day, a week or forever! And we’ve thought of some great ways for you to splash all that extra cash.
Stop smoking for just one day
Every single day you don’t smoke, you could be saving around $185 Here are some ideas for better ways to spend that saved money.
- Buy the latest-release DVD or Blu-ray disc.
- Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your favourite café.
- See a movie at the cinema.
- Get your loved one a big box of chocolates or some flowers.
- Treat the kids to a new book or toy.
- Buy a day pass and go to the gym.
Stop smoking for a week
You haven’t smoked for a week – well done! Not only are you well on your way to quitting for good, you also could have saved yourself a nice $126! Some of the things you could do are:
- Go out for a fancy meal for two.
- Splash out on some new shoes.
- Enjoy a relaxing facial or massage.
- Take the family out to the footy, a bowling alley or cinema.
- Pay someone to fix the garden so you can relax all weekend.
- Contribute to the weekly household groceries.
- Hire an inflatable jumping castle and set it up in the back yard for the kids.
Stop smoking for a month
Amazing! You’ve been cigarette free for a whole month and you could have saved around $540. It’s time to reward yourself. You could:
- Enjoy a weekend away with your partner.
- Pay your monthly household bills.
- Make an additional home loan payment.
- Clear some credit card debt.
- Take the family away camping.
- Buy a stack of new movies and boost your collection.
- Treat yourself to a luxury pamper day.
Stop smoking for a year
Okay, now we’re talking big money. If you used to smoke 20 a day you could have saved a whopping $6,500 so far. This kind of money could make a real difference to your life. You could:
- Start a savings account for your kids’ (or grandkids’) education.
- Put a down payment on a new car.
- Buy a luxury gift for your partner as a ‘thank you’ for their support.
- Save the money towards a pool for the back yard.
- Take the entire family on a great overseas trip.
Stop smoking for good
Over 30 years the average smoker could waste a massive $195,000 on cigarettes. It’s hard to believe, right? With that kind of money you could:
- Pay off your home loan or put a big deposit down on a house.
- Clear all your debts in one go.
- Buy a dream luxury car.
- Take an amazing family holiday every year for 15 years!
- Buy a luxurious retreat or holiday home out in the bush.
- Start your own business.
- Fund your kids’ education.
Ready to stop smoking?
Whatever your reason for quitting, you’re twice as likely to stop with NICORETTE® (vs. willpower alone)2. Why not find out where to buy NICORETTE® stop smoking products or get your personalised quit plan?.
2Stead LF, et al. “Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008 Issue 3
5Based on a 20-cigarette-a-day smoker and an average pack of 20 cigarettes cost of $18 as at September 2014.