Save Money and Continue Smoking

By: Brice Hern

If you're like millions of other smokers out there, you are probably tired of paying high prices and are contemplating quitting to save some money. There is a way you can continue to smoke and only pay half to one third of what you are paying now.

By rolling your own cigarettes, you can significantly cut the cost of your smoking habit. This article will explain what you need to get started rolling your own cigarettes and provide a cost comparison between rolling your own and commercial cigarette cartons.

What you will need

Tobacco: There are many different brands, flavors, and sizes, but typically your tobacco will come in a 6oz can. A 6oz can of tobacco will normally cost you around $10.00. One 6oz can will make approximately 200 cigarettes (typical carton of commercial brand cigarettes).

Tubes: Cigarette tubes are basically empty cigarettes. You will stuff the tobacco into these tubes to make a cigarette. You can get cigarette tubes in King Size, Slim, or 100MM, regular, light, or menthol.? Tubes usually come in boxes of 200 tubes (typical carton of commercial brand cigarettes). A single box of 200 tubes will run around $2.00 or $3.00.

Rolling Machine: Although called a rolling machine, it is actually a stuffer, used to stuff the tobacco into your tubes. There are various types and sizes ranging in price, but I personally recommend the Premiere Supermatic II. This rolling machine can be bought for around $35.00.

Cigarette Case (optional): Since you will not be spending a ridiculous amount of money on packs of cigarettes anymore, you may want to get yourself a cool cigarette case to protect those cigarettes you just rolled. However, you could use an empty box from a regular pack of cigarettes, but it's difficult to put cigarettes into those boxes and it will eventually fall apart on you. A nice hard case for your cigarettes will cost between $10.00 and $20.00.

Cost Analysis

Okay, let's see how much we paid to get started:

Tobacco: $10.00

Cigarette Tubes: $3.00

Rolling Machine: $35.00

Cigarette Case: $20.00

Total $68.00

For $68.00, you can get a carton of roll your own cigarettes and have the materials you need to continue making your own.

Now let's look at the recurring cost (Tobacco and Tubes):

Tobacco: $10.00

Cigarette Tubes: $3.00

Total $13.00

For $13.00, you can get a carton of roll your own cigarettes. How much do you pay for a carton of cigarettes these days? $50.00? $60.00?

A person who smokes one pack a day will typically go through 3 cartons of cigarettes in one month.? If you are smoking commercial brand cigarettes, that's a hefty expense.

Cost Comparison

Commercial Brand

Monthly Cost: $150

Yearly Cost: $1,800

Roll Your Own

Monthly Cost: $40

Yearly Cost: $480


Yearly Savings: $1,320

If you are going to continue smoking, it seems silly to continue paying out the nose for commercial brand cigarettes. I should also mention that if you buy your tobacco and tubes in bulk, you can get significant discounts, making the cost savings even more.

Now you just need to ask: "What would I do with $1,300 right now?"

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