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14 days, 119 pennies, and the new year is upon us

December 30th, 2011 at 06:55 am



Look, you can't see the bottom of the jar now! Smile

It's been 14 days since I've had a cigarette. I haven't cheated, haven't bummed one off someone, I simply haven't had the taste of a cigarette though a few nights ago I came close and could have smoked one. I was sorely tempted, too, but I got through it.

There are 119 pennies in my jar and later today $119 will be transferred from my checking to savings account. I've decided to split the money I don't spend on buying cigarettes. Half of it will go to a local charitable organization I've found that needs it and the other half will be saved to take myself on a cruise. I think it's fair to give away at least half the money I'd normally waste. Also, I've wanted some Flower Bomb perfume for well over a year now (and I can't even tell you how much I want it!) but it's way out of my price range and I think I might take some of the money I haven't blown on cigarettes and buy myself a tiny bottle of that before I start saving for a cruise. Wink

I feel great. I'm sleeping better (not remembering any dreams again), have no coughing, my mood has stabilized, and I certainly smell better! I haven't gained weight...yet. I have to really keep an eye on that. All in all, it's going beautifully.

Today I must pay my rent and water bill. The electric bill isn't due for two weeks and since I need to put my not smoking money into savings I'll pay it on the next pay day. I have to prioritize that not smoking money because if I don't, I'll blow it on something stupid!
Before I head to work today I'm going to re-work my irregular income planning sheet, too. It needs to have a few changes made to it.

Anyway, Happy New Year to me. And you!

4 Responses to “14 days, 119 pennies, and the new year is upon us ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You are doing awesome! You SHOULD get that perfume. It will be a nice treat for doing so well. And when you want a cigarette, you might just give yourself a squirt of your new scent.

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    I admire your courage and your will power. Keep it up! Pretty soon, you'll have a nice fat savings account in your hands.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm so proud of you. The pennies idea is genius. Really reminds you how much actual money our vices cost us!

  4. twest Says:

    Congratulations on the smoking. I have been quit for almost 7 years. For me the hardest was really the first couple of weeks. Then after that it was all mindset. Just thinking what to do after a meal, first thing in the morning, before going to bed, etc..... Definitely keep an eye on the weight cause I did end up substituting a dessert for a cigarette and I have packed on pounds that I plan to see gone this year Ugh. I think it is wonderful that you are giving some to a charity WTG! Keep up the good work!

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