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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Here is the Saving Other forum.

This is all about saving money on the things we don't NEED, but the things we consider Non-Necessities. What do you do to save money on these types of things.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:20 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I am a smoker. I know I need to quit. That being said, as long as I continue to smoke I will do what I've done for the past few years.... roll my own cigarettes.

When the price of cigarettes got to $5.00 a pack here I made the decision to start rolling my own. I bought a rolling machine and a pound of tobacco, along with a box of filtered tubes. These are all readily available at most tobacco shops and the drive through shops too. The machine was almost $40. When I started this, a pound of tobacco was about $18 (It's now $23) and a box of tubes $2.50. Each box of tubes has between 200-250. Each pound will roll 2 1/2 to 3 boxes of tubes. Not counting the cost of the machine, I could roll my cigarettes for about $1.00 a pack - a little more now, but still much less than the going rate at the store for a pack of smokes. With two smokers in the house, this made lots of CENTS and even more DOLLARS. yeah, I know I could save even more if neither of us smokes. But we do.... so until we quit, I'll continue rolling.

I've tried many different brands of tobacco and tubes. The only machine I've used is made by TOP. It works very well and has a one year one time replacement warranty. The tubes I like best are ZEN. They work best in my machine. They come in full flavor, light and extra/ultra light. The tobacco I use is whatever is cheapest. I've bought tobacco and tubes on line and if you buy $100 the shipping is free. Beware though about buying on line... If you buy from the state of Texas, the tax is almost as much as the tobacco itself. I buy mine from a place in New York.

Rolling Tobacco and Pipe Tobacco are very similar, but not the same. Pipe Tobacco is much more moist and smells more like what you would get when you smoke a pipe. Not for everyone.

Sounds like a lots of work doesn't it? Time consuming? I can roll an entire box of tubes in less than an hour. I know this because I did it when we went on a trip one time. That's a whole carton of cigarettes. I usually roll them 2 packs at a time, which takes me less time than it does to smoke one cigarette.

So, if you smoke, and plan on continuing to smoke, it's a good alternative to buying them pre-rolled. If you have any questions, please ask. I'll be happy to share my experiences with you.

Janet
ImageZanymuse
Feb 3, 2010 1:32 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I tried the roll my own route too but the prices kept going up and up on the tobacco because of the "sin tax" and I soon discovered it was costing me about $28 dollars a carton to roll my own! So I started driving a few miles and buying mine at the indian reservation. Costs there went up with the "sin taxes" too but I can still get a carton for $25.00 versus almost $50.00 for a brand name and they are actually better flavor than the roll my own were.


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Imagethreegardeners
Feb 3, 2010 6:58 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
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Same here...reservation smokes.

I have a friend in the States that orders hers online, she gets them for about $10 a carton. Next time I'm talking to her I'll ask from where online she gets them and post it here for you all.
ImageBrinda
Feb 3, 2010 8:17 PM CST
Name: Brinda
Yukon, OK

Interesting Janet and thanks for posting this. I wish to quit but until I do I think I will give this a try. Less money on cigarettes surely equals more money for plants! Right?
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 9:08 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Brinda! Great to see your smiling coleus here. Anything we can do to save money for plants has got to be a good thing!

Janet
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 9:10 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Oh and I saw an article on Dave's the other day about using weeds to quit. I saved it on my laptop and need to save it on my computer here too so I can really look it over to see what kind of weeds I need. I didn't have the time to really give it a good read at the time. I noticed that the author of the article mentioned rolling your own.

Janet
ImageBrinda
Feb 3, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Brinda
Yukon, OK

Weeds? Hmmmm, well that is interesting! lol

Great to see you too Janet!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 5, 2010 2:01 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2773/

That is the article I tagged.

I've quoted the header of the article by Sundownr aka Bev Walker

"After nearly forty years, and many attempts, I finally quit smoking cigarettes using the same weeds that grew in my yard! If your New Year's resolution was to stop smoking once and for all, check out this herbal quit-smoking method that worked for a friend and me!"
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Feb 20, 2010 1:42 PM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
My DH had the habit of using smokless tobacco, he now is content using the Oregon mint stuff, still costing money I could use on the things I really NEED. At least he is away from tobacco, but now I would like him to quit altogether. Easy for someone who doesn't smoke to just say quit, just like telling a chocohlolic to stop eating chocolate. I was doing good at that when someone gave me some chcolates and I couldn't let them go to waste. Lovey dubby
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 20, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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I am fixin' to quit smoking. Bev has sent me the Quit Weeds. They should be here by Monday. I've already been psyching myself up to do this. Wish me luck! Thumbs up
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Feb 20, 2010 7:24 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
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if it works for you, let me know and i will go
down that path too!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 20, 2010 7:32 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I'm looking forward to being smoke free! It's WAY past time!
Imageweeds
Feb 20, 2010 7:58 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
i need to save the money so i can retire without
having to eat cat food which is also getting
expensive.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 20, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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psssssttt.... get rid of the cat! HAHAHAHA (just kidding)
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Feb 20, 2010 8:28 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
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but i don't have a cat
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Feb 20, 2010 8:55 PM CST
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
Oh, I wish you luck with quitting. I quit 7 or 8 years ago and I don't regret it at all. I can walk up a hill without feeling like I'm going to faint gasping for air, nobody bums my cigs anymore, and I can afford more food which is good with a teenage boy. The only drawback is I gained and kept a bunch of weight. Maybe I was gonna get fat anyway, but I blame qutting, lol.

Um, they have some cat food that looks better than what we eat, lol. That may not be a bad way to eat Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 20, 2010 8:58 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thank you!!! I am a along time smoker and can see what it's done to my health already. It's time to take care of myself. I'm planning on taking long walks with my dogs and if that doesn't work, I'll ride (think vibrate) my butt off at the deer lease. Rolling on the floor laughing
Image1AnjL
Mar 31, 2010 3:04 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I have had an on-going battle with cigarettes for the past 15 yrs. I quit on New Years 15 yrs ago, cold turkey. didnt smoke for 2 yrs. Then was at the movies with my sis and she smoked and i asked for one....grrr...back to buying a pack the next day. immediately back to a pack a day habit. Then I began all of the other 'tricks' I did the patch, it made me sick, I tried Wellbutrin, it made me want to see blood...someones, anyones! That stuff is scary!! LOL! I tried the straws, nope....air wasnt the same! LOL! Then I tried the gum, I quit for 4 years on the gum...but I started on the 2 mg, moved UP to the 4 mg, and then during a stressful time I was chewing the 4 mg gum AND smoking, so I quit the gum and just smoked instead. then they came out with the lozenges, another addiction! I have taken the classes, went to the groups... it really became a battle! I quit quitting about 3 years ago. I gave up and thought I would just smoke for the rest of my life. Grumbling

My sisters started using Chantix and mentioned it to me, my first reaction was 'ya right!' I went for my physical last Nov and my Dr started in on me again about quitting, so I asked about the Chantix. He wrote me a prescription. I tried to put off quitting until after the holidays knowing that I would fail because of the holiday stresses etc. I just couldnt put it off I really really hated smoking. So just before christmas I started taking the prescription, and I kept on smoking...until 12/27/09. on that day, I forgot to smoke. And the next day I forgot to smoke. I havent thought about smoking since !! Hurray! Hurray! It has been the absolute easiest ever Thumbs up

Now, DH smokes 2 packs a day still Grumbling he has an appointment next week with his Dr for the prescription, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! I am saving $240 a mo. on cigs or $2880 a year. once he quits...well we will be saving enough to pay my car payment and auto insurance each mo!! Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 31, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Good for you!!!

I did Bev's weeds. And I haven't had tobacco for almost a month now. I'm smoking other weeds though. Like catnip, skullcap, colts foot, and a few others that I can't remember right now. I don't miss the tobacco at all, but I do enjoy the smoking. I don't smoke as often as I did. The herbs are much cheaper than the tobacco was.

My daughter is doing Chantix right now. She's having a problem with it making her nauseous, but she's only smoking a couple a day. Hopefully even those will drop off. She keeps on telling me, Mom you need to just quit smoking anything at all. And I will. When I'm ready. In the meantime, I smoke one of my hubby's cigs now and then just to remind me how gross they taste! I like the herbs. I feel like I'm getting something good from them. They are expectorants so I am coughing up stuff.... tobacco stuff!

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