Do you remember this? Or am I old? When I was in high school you could buy a carton of smokes for $10. That's ten packs, which is 200 cigarettes - yes, just like the New Year's Eve movie with Courtney Love which was kind of terrific, all for $10. That was in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death when people didn't wash their hair.
The world has changed. Nobody smokes anymore. Least of all me. I've got this whole persona I've constructed where I'm a Good Mom who eats healthy food and does rich lady stuff, but back when I was, um, "between homes" I smoked cigarettes because it was cheaper than eating.
Cost of Taco Bell bean burrito in 1997: 69 cents
Cost of two cigarettes: 10 cents
See?! Totally cheap! But how does that work, you ask. How does the cost of a cigarette have anything to do with the cost of food? I dunno, there's some sciencey stuff in there but somehow nicotine makes you not want to eat. So if you smoke a few 5-cent cigarettes you are less hungry for a 69-cent burrito. Crazy! Maybe no one smokes anymore because:
Cost of a taco Bell bean burrito in 2012: 89 cents
Cost of two cigarettes: 80 cents, meh, I'd rather eat
It was my first step to becoming rich and skinny. I haven't smoked since college, but any takers on when I'll die of lung cancer?
NOTE: Smoking is disgusting and will kill you.
Edited to add: I was just corrected that cigarettes are $9.50 a pack. NINE FIFTY. That's it, only assholes would choose to start smoking now. You'd be broke before you'd be dead anyway. $9.50 x 365 =
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