How much do your bad habits cost?

If you smoke a pack a day, or grab a drink after the end of each work day, you know those habits are expensive. But the grand total of your vices' costs may surprise you.

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Oct 11, 2013 7:29PM
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Walla, I been waiting for this one. Smoked two packs of Lucky Strikes straights for 16 years. I quite in 1974 when they went to 65 cents. If you look in my yard you will see a one ton silverado dually diesal,that was a freebie. (45 grand new), has burned 9000 gallons of fuel, 3.50 gallon is 31500 dollars,  and I have 37380 dollars left over for tires,  insurance, and upkeep. $1. 30 cents was more than $8.00 a day now. MY doc calls me Methusala, I am 71, and any of you young bucks wanna wrestle. Quit, Quit, Quit, it tough, just get bone headed and get up in the morning and say, one thing, one thing, I am not going to do is smoke a cigarette. Good luck, go for it. You will live to see your kids graduate... Praise the Lord,
Oct 11, 2013 11:28PM
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      I never did quit smoking, I just tell myself that I will have one later. I quit smoking at least 20 times before, I finally decided to have one later. Quitting never did work, I have tried everything, patches, no good, nicorettes, no good, tapering off, no good, hypnotism, no good. I finally took my cigarettes out of my pockets, put them out of reach but kept them available, never told anyone I was quitting, but once I had put them away from me and had to make a conscious effort to get them, then I told myself I didn't need it right then and that I could have it later,

    From the time, I put them away from me, I never lit another one. I did chew on them but it didn't take long and that stopped too. That was in January of 1998, I smoked for 42 years and quit at 55. I just turned 70 a few days ago. and I have had more stress in the last 10 years of my life than most people will experience in a lifetime. yes. I am proud of myself. One of my best accomplishments in my life was to stop smoking. Or at least to have it later.

 

Oct 12, 2013 12:11AM
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If I earn it  will spend it as I please
Oct 14, 2013 1:53PM
Oct 16, 2013 9:58AM
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Can someone please just let me know where I can get a 6% Annual return on my investment?
Oct 14, 2013 2:22PM
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HOW I QUIT SMOKING... I stopped once for 3 months , I went to a beach party and there was a bonfire and a keg. Someone was smoking a cigarette 10 feet from me, I told myself that I hadn't  smoked for 3 months and I could handle just one it smelled soooooo good ! So I bummed one off my friend 20 minutes later I bummed another. The next day I bought a pack. My second attempt was 6 yrs later which I told myself I would beat just one little cigarette forever. That was over 20 yrs ago and I am still beating that next one!

I had a little saying that I would tell myself....SMOKING IS FOR LOSERS..... You lose , health, time, money , personal Hygiene, sexual prowess, and anything else you can think of , so I grouped it into my one little saying. I got hooked at 13 and finally quit for good at 34, I am 54 now and feel great and pity smokers . You are a slave to the big tobacco companies. 

Oct 16, 2013 10:30AM
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I work out an hour a day, I spend 3-4 hours a night on my side job in addition to my regular 9-5, I don't have cable because I don't have time to watch t.v. and I'm taking care of elderly parents so I don't get to go on vacations. I think I'm allowed to spend a little "beer money"  on two or three drinks a week.  I don't think that's a "bad habit" - I think that's called "balance."

Oct 16, 2013 8:54AM
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My father once told me "I can quit smoking, drinking and chasing loose women and live longer - But why?"  He did pass a little earlier than others (65) but he enjoyed those 65 years.
Oct 14, 2013 4:00PM
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So, what is the yearly cost of going to a whitecoat?  You go for a headache.  You leave with two prescriptions.  The headache would be gone in two days anyway.  You stop at the FDA authorized legal drug dealer.  You take the worthless junk pills.  You develope a stomach problem from the junk.  You go back to Dr., get more legal drugs prescipts, they cause liver failure, you go back to Dr.  get more junk, you develope dementia, you go back to Dr. Dr. sends you to idiotic neuro. They put you on more junk, you get worse.  They send you to hosp for tests and more prescips.  You go home but get worse, back to Hosp. You decline....worse...die....funeral home...buried.  What is the cost of going to a whitecoat for a headache?  Ask your doctor ads must work!!!
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Speaking of bad habits, I don't often ingest 3 grams of meth at one time, but when I do, I spray bullets all across Chicago with my homies. Stay thirsty my friends
Oct 14, 2013 11:05AM
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Gave up smoking on doctors orders. I'm not going to give up good food (in moderation), alcohol (in moderation), overspending  ( in moderation), or my other vices,. But it's time I gave up moderation, too much of a good thing is bad.
Oct 16, 2013 2:50PM
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You've heard the joke a woman ask's a man how many beers do you drink a day he say 2-3. She tells him if you didn't drink that much beer you could own a Ferrari. He ask's her do you drink beer she says no. He then says where your Ferrai?
Oct 14, 2013 10:30AM
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Been to lots of funerals, haven't seen a U-Haul in one yet!
Oct 14, 2013 1:56PM
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Please everyone watch the BBC documentary "The Century of the Self".  You will understand exactly why it's so important for our leaders to convince us that we all need to be molded and shaped to fit their agendas.  Of course you won't have an easy time finding this 4 hour series, but you can find it on the web if you try.  If you know nothing about brainwashing and controlling the masses, you will reward yourself by watching this.  BTW, if you can't find it, learn about Edward Bernays.

Oct 16, 2013 10:34AM
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Why is it that everything I enjoy in life is bad for me? Steak and potatoes with scads of real butter, a few ciggies now and then and an occasional shot of JD #7?

 

I outlived a doctor that kept telling me to quit my nasty habits. Some daily exercise can do wonders. 

Oct 16, 2013 9:19AM
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I gave up boating and saved about $1500 bucks a season! 
Oct 14, 2013 4:27PM
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Most of what this article includes in cost are just speculation.  It will vary person to person.  This is like the stories that purport to tell us how much a child will cost to raise.  Most people don't even make the amount of money quoted.
Oct 14, 2013 4:07PM
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What is the cost of going to a doctor? Nobody addresses this!  Don't you just love to be around those who know every drug on the market and what they are used for.  Those who you cringe to ask "how are you today?" Those who sound like televsion "ask your doctor" ads.  Those who endlessly say "my doctor said...", "my doctor told me....", "my doctor did so and so...." my doctor, my doctor, my doctor.  You wonder if they  will live until morning. They do too, and have been for years.  "I didn't think I'd make it through the night..."  I've got this and that....and, if they would get off the junk pills, they would be fine!!!!!!!!  Think about it...five years ago, did you hear "ask your doctor" ads as you do now??
Oct 14, 2013 1:55PM
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Really? People don't know this? What a stupid article. At least the people with these habits can quit. The people who think up these articles just might be dumb for life.
Oct 16, 2013 12:22PM
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I watched a documentary yesterday that really opened up my eyes to how many people eat fast food daily. One couple even said that during the month they've only cooked 3 times at home. These people are addicted to fast food. All of them understood the dangers but weren't willing to do anything about it. I'd say this is a problem right up there with cigarette smoking. Not only does it hurt financially to feed a family this way, but you end up paying with your life as well.
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