As many people facing significant financial hurdles already know: compulsive spending, like smoking, can often be a difficult habit to overcome. And like chain smoking, spending sprees can have devastating consequences, literally causing people just like you to “shop ‘til you drop”—sacrificing not only cash, but sometimes the ability to keep other possessions, relationships, and even, a healthy financial, emotional and physical future.
Addressing compulsive spending by taking a personal financial audit—admitting you have a problem, creating realistic expectations, using a budget and avoiding temptation—can end your string of endless debt-making and put you back on course for a better tomorrow.
But what if part of your compulsive spending habits relates directly to your other bad habits, like smoking? For some people, these types of small daily purchases on items such as cigarettes can lead to addiction, health concerns, and big financial problems.
If you are a smoker, you’re probably more than aware that smoking is hazardous to your health (according the Surgeon General facts the average smoker started at age 15 and smoked daily by age 18; the average smoker loses more than 13 years off of his life; smoking causes hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths in the US each year; one in five deaths is smoking related).
But what you may not understand is that small daily purchases on vices like cigarettes are hazardous to your wealth. With the average name brand selling for $ 8.35 a pack, the federal cigarette tax accounts for $ 1.01 of the cost. Each state then adds its own tax. That’s over $ 8.35 a day to engage in what may be a relaxing habit, but also humanity’s most respiration-unfriendly vice.
And while it may be easy to dismiss $8 a day for something you enjoy, looking at it from a wider perspective shows the true cost of your daily puff. Say you smoke only one pack of cigarettes a day…it costs you:
One Day - $8.00
One Week - $42.00
One Month - $168.00
Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day will cost you nearly $3000 per year.
Think for a moment about what you can do with that money. Put it in a savings account for unexpected expenses such as car troubles, medical bills, or even money to get by for several months when facing an unexpected job loss. Heck, that’s even a good down payment for a vehicle; after five years you could even put money down on a new home; and in 18 years, kicking cigarettes to the curb could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars: a pretty penny if you’re also saving for your kid’s college tuition.
And what if you smoke more than two packs, and have a spouse that does the same? Is that a reason to stop paying for other bills: credit cards, car payments, even a mortgage? In short, are you blowing your financial future like so many smoke rings?
Imagine a couple who are spending almost$ 1,000 on cigarettes each month. Not hard to do if each smoke two packs a day ($8 X 4 packs X 30 days = $ 960 a month). That’s a pretty penny literally “up in smoke” as you attempt to avoid creditors, get payment extensions, or qualify for protections under current bankruptcy laws.
So, to avoid any headaches, hassles or hardships the best rule of thumb is, if you are going to get your financial house in order, or even file for bankruptcy, get your bad spending and personal habits in check. In short, don’t let your future go up in smoke: The bankruptcy experts at the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt offer a totally FREE debt consultation and now, more than ever, it’s time to take them up on their offer. Just call toll free to 1-888-234-4181, or during the off hours, you can make your own appointment right online at www.billsbills.com. Simply click on the yellow “FREE Consultation Now” button and let these experts smoke out your next best financial steps.