Instead of spending money on cigarettes, I brought steak this week for the first time in months.
I can afford it now that I’ve stopped smoking.
My name is James Sinclair and I have been smoke free for over a month.
It wasn’t an easy habit to break. I’ve been smoking since I was 13. Everyone was smoking at the time and I thought well, I’ll give it a try. I was hooked.
From that point forward I smoked about 20 tailor-made’s a day. Up until recently I was spending about $100 a week on my habit.
I was fed up with spending so much money, and I’d begun to notice my health deteriorating. I was always coughing and spluttering.
I spoke with a neighbour who was using an electronic cigarette and it had worked well for her, so I thought I’d try it too. I was then referred to the Southern Stop Smoking Service through Budget Advice and met with Anita Clouston. She would visit me at home, and was a massive support throughout my stop smoking journey.
I am continuing to use my e-cigarette, as well as patches, gum, and lozenges.
Life is so much better. I’m saving about $70 a week, and I find that I am able to sleep better and longer. My taste buds are back and my house smells so much cleaner. I don’t cough as much and I have heaps more spare time.
I am saving the money I spent on cigarettes and it will go towards renovations on my house.
Sometimes I miss smoking. I sometimes get cravings. But I won’t go back. I want to go forward! Smoking is not going to control me from now on.