Tobacco users already know that quitting is the best way to save money, but it’s not an option for everyone. Here are a few tips to keep your tobacco costs down and within a budget.
- Roll your own cigarettes. Rolling tobacco is significantly cheaper than cigarette packs because it’s taxed at a lower rate. Rolling papers and filters are also cheap and can be purchased in bulk online for additional savings. You may want to buy a rolling machine, but the basic models are cheap and will pay for themselves quickly.
- Additionally, rolling tobacco tends to be fresher and of higher quality. Using your own rolling papers lets you avoid annoying firesafe cigarettes and all of the unhealthy additives that come with it. This gives your cigarette a smoother burn, better taste, and a generally more pleasant smoking experience.
- Switch to smokeless tobacco. This is by far the cheapest option next to outright quitting. Cans of moist snuff are often several dollars cheaper than packs of cigarettes, and they’re also frequently on sale. A small pinch of dip will give you several cigarettes-worth of nicotine at once, making a can last far longer than your average pack of cigarettes.
- Sign up for tobacco company newsletters and mailings. Tobacco companies are very generous with handing out coupons. For example, I frequently receive unexpected cigarette coupons and dip coupons in the mail, especially when a company is launching a new flavor or product. They’ll often send out coupons for free packs or cans to get you to try it.
- Check your favorite cigarette’s official website for coupons. Many companies allow you to print them off their website. Sometimes they reset the print limit at the beginning of the month or change the coupons, so be sure to check their website occasionally.
- Bonus tip: Use your coupons at a supermarket with a double coupon policy for extra savings.
Please keep your comments relevant to the topic of saving money on tobacco products. Tobacco users are already aware of the health risks and high financial costs, so pointing out either is unnecessary and will end with your comment being deleted. Sorry to be harsh, but I’m not going to let this post devolve into rants about smokers and nonsmokers alike. Save it for your own blog.