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2weeks rations equals 1days smokes

Posted on 05/10/2012 8:48:47 PM PDT by mamelukesabre

They had a sale on elbow pasta, aka macaroni. 75cents/lb...so I ran to the store with a pocket full of quarters and bought 8 pounds worth. I figure if I only ate macaroni it would last me 2 weeks. I might go back tomorrow and buy another 16 pounds of it. Or more.

In front of me at the checkout was a guy counting out nickels dimes and pennies for a pack of smokes. About 6 bucks...about the same amount I spent.

I couldn't help but notice the irony. Here it is the day before payday and he's down nearly to his last penny(literally) and he's spending it on one days worth of smokes. I've still got lots of quarters to spare(too much to carry in fact), and haven't even started using the smaller coins, and I choose to stock up on 2 weeks worth of rations.

I am soooo glad I don't smoke...or drink soda pop. One weeks worth of smokes and soda pop costs more than I spend on food and dogfood in a month.


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1 posted on 05/10/2012 8:48:54 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I haven’t had a cigarette since Sunday. And I don’t drink soda.

It ain’t about the money, I just want something more than I want cigarettes, I want to be able to breathe again, wake up in the morning without hacking up a quart of lung funk, and ride my bicycles again.

Sorry, you hit a nerve and I felt like making a remark about smoking.

Carry on, don’t smoke ‘em if you got ‘em ;)


2 posted on 05/10/2012 8:58:38 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Addiction is a powerful monkey to have on your back. I wish him well and the strength to walk tall.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 9:01:04 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: mamelukesabre
I do smoke, but I buy loose tobacco, and in bulk from a provider I know in NC. I've been dealing with that farm for over 15 years. I pay about $16/month for smokes.

It has gone up a lot since FedGov increased the taxes on loose tobacco. I used to pay about $5/month.

I am back to growing my own this year.

What's killing me at the grocery store is the price of fresh veg. I can't wait for my garden to produce something more than asparagus and herbs.

/johnny

4 posted on 05/10/2012 9:03:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mamelukesabre

What do you bet he sells them for 50 or 75 cents each to desperate smokers who can’t afford a pack? He’ll do alright.


5 posted on 05/10/2012 9:04:19 PM PDT by februus
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To: mamelukesabre
I also started another batch of beer tonight. Much cheaper than the canned crap they sell.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/10/2012 9:05:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mamelukesabre

7 posted on 05/10/2012 9:06:45 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: mamelukesabre

I make my own for about $1.50 the pack

http://www.valuetobacco.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=12


8 posted on 05/10/2012 9:06:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mamelukesabre

BTW.
Most all of the cost of tobacco is TAX, and stand because Obamas gonna tax your precious carb laden pasta if he has his way.

You can roll your own with eggs,flour and salt


9 posted on 05/10/2012 9:09:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Good for you!!!...I have never smoked, but my husband quit overnight when his lung collapsed. Had nothing to do with smoking, it was something he was born with (blisters on his lung and when they pop, they leave a hole-and your lung deflates).

But he was thinking about having a cig and once they explained that the smoke would be coming out of the holes in his side where the tubing went to his lung, that was what did it.

He laughed and then just said “damn”...that was 3 years ago.

So I wish you luck my friend; we all have something that we need to change (mine is exercise and eating better-middle age weight is killing me) and it ain’t easy...


10 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:35 PM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro....since 1998)
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To: mylife
Yep. Most of the price of tobacco is tax.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mamelukesabre

The Marboro Man is funding Obamacare.


12 posted on 05/10/2012 9:13:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Drango

“Addiction is a powerful monkey to have on your back.”

I was thinking “1-days smokes”? Heck - a pack might have made it to lunch for me back in the day. 3 packs a day, Camel straights. And a half-tin of Copenhagen.

And I thought it was expensive then! I still miss it though.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 9:14:13 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: februus

If/when TSHTF....the guy with the smokes will do better than the guy with the macaroni...for bartering purposes....so won’t the guy, who has a stash of bourbon. :)


14 posted on 05/10/2012 9:16:45 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

People don’t even care about the yoke they place on their fellow citizens.

They applaud it. “well that’s not my thing, so I don’t care!”

They don’t realize the Goobermint is coming for “Their thing” next.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 9:18:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mamelukesabre
Ecigs are the way to go.

Don't go for the cigarette-style junk like Blu. Get an Ego, or similar.

I quit smoking cigarettes two months ago with my Ego-C and now I don't feed the government beast near as much tax money.

16 posted on 05/10/2012 9:22:31 PM PDT by JustCallMeFrank
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Stand by
17 posted on 05/10/2012 9:23:55 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: homegroan

I’m a smoker, been one since I was 13 or 14. I’ve been on and off ‘em for my whole life. Both my parents were smokers.

I love Marlboro Reds, but I have also spent nearly a decade off ‘em. I only started again (excuse mode ON) when I got laid off in 2009. Too much unsupervised time on my hands, started sucking cigs again.

That is one of the worst habits there is and one of the hardest to quit. You are never an ex smoker, you are just a smoker who is not smoking, like being a drunk who is not drinking. They say smoking is harder to quit than heroin.

I want to get back in shape and ride my bikes again. I won’t ride if I am on the cigs, I’d rather sit here and smoke another pack of Marlboros. I will always be a smoker, but I am off ‘em again and I have the rest of the year to try to recover my lungs.

The only way I’ve ever been able to get clean is to have something I want more than the cigarettes, go cold turkey. Right now, I’m thinking riding my mountain bike at 12,000 feet again someday is a worthy goal. Colorado 2013, yeah!


18 posted on 05/10/2012 9:24:44 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Good luck to you, it’s one of the toughest things you’ll ever do.


19 posted on 05/10/2012 9:26:25 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: muir_redwoods

No doubt about it.

Thanx, ‘preciate it.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 9:30:47 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: mamelukesabre

They say misery loves company and I’m comforted I’m not the only one who goes for deals like that. I load up on Top Ramen and the cheapest tomato soups, and those big cans of pasta sauce at Wallmart of $1.

Too bad Mozerella is still $.

Remember the days of government cheese and butter?


21 posted on 05/10/2012 9:30:51 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Good for you on your tobacco.

I’ve been using Totally Vapor e-cigs for almost a year. I use a “Torpedo” and like it.


22 posted on 05/10/2012 9:31:27 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I would like to know how to make sweet wine using grape juice.

Years ago, I had dinner at a friend’s house and their dad showed me how he made his wine: a gallon jug, filled with grape juice, sugar and I think yeast-can’t recall. And the jug had a balloon on the top and when it inflated all the way, the wine was done.

Best tasting wine I ever had-I’m not a wine drinker-or much of a drinker for that matter, but it was so good I’ve never forgotten it.

Oh- and We haven’t been able to buy fresh produce all winter either. It’s killing me-I miss it so much; just don’t have the money.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 9:31:31 PM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro....since 1998)
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To: mamelukesabre

if I could lay off the bread and soda I think I would lose some of this gut.


24 posted on 05/10/2012 9:33:01 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Daffynition

My brother has five cases of cheap half pint Vodka bottles for bartering.

He says they’ll come in handy sometime in 2013.


25 posted on 05/10/2012 9:34:02 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: homegroan

Back on prohibition days “I am told by old timers” The sold a thing in markets called “Welch’s Bar”
It was basically yeast and sugar in a cake bar.

You just tossed it into the grape juice and voila!


26 posted on 05/10/2012 9:35:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: homegroan
Years ago, I had dinner at a friend’s house and their dad showed me how he made his wine: a gallon jug, filled with grape juice, sugar and I think yeast-can’t recall. And the jug had a balloon on the top and when it inflated all the way, the wine was done.

I did EXACTLY that in college.
I don't recall the wine tasting all that good, though.

27 posted on 05/10/2012 9:36:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: West Texas Chuck

Colorado 2013, yeah!


Come on up and visit. I’m in SW Colo. and you’d never run out of places to bike.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 9:37:35 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: homegroan

I am sure you can google recipe’s for things like that.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 9:37:53 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JustCallMeFrank

I’m “smoking” Totally Vapor and like it a lot.


30 posted on 05/10/2012 9:42:27 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Dogbert41
Moz isn't too hard to make if you can find milk on sale. It does take a little practice.

I generally make cheddar and cold smoke it, though. At least these days, with the kids grown and gone, I can keep it in the cheese/beer/sausage fridge long enough for it to actually age.

/johnny

31 posted on 05/10/2012 9:48:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: homegroan
I'm not a wine maker. I do make the odd batch of black cherry Kool-aid sparkling wine for my neighbor. She loves it. But it takes forever to clean the traces of it out of my beer fermenters.

/johnny

32 posted on 05/10/2012 9:50:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: unkus

You betcha. I have a nice stash of whole coffee beans and sugar. :0P


33 posted on 05/10/2012 9:51:05 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: GeronL
What kind of bread? Store bought?

You can actually eat good bread (handcrafted or home-made) and keep a decent weight if you eat it in moderation.

I make all of my own breads, and have for years.

/johnny

34 posted on 05/10/2012 9:52:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Daffynition

Good for you. It will come in handy.

Your Tag Line is one of the best.


35 posted on 05/10/2012 9:53:10 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Daffynition
.the guy with the smokes will do better than the guy with the macaroni

I've got a bunch of tobacco growing in the garden again this year. I'll bet I do ok.

And, in theory, if it were legal, I could easily convert some of my home-brew into something a little more potent. ;)

/johnny

36 posted on 05/10/2012 9:54:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Daffynition
Green beans? I buy green beans from Costa Rica around November/December when the price falls. I can buy in bulk for as little as $2.00/lb. Prices are stupid high right now, but that's the season.

Green beans keep forever, and fresh roasted isn't difficult, it just takes a little practice. And the Tres Rios La Magnolia, freshly roasted and ground is really great this year.

/johnny

37 posted on 05/10/2012 10:00:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: unkus
Thanks...best to you and yours!

Working on.....


38 posted on 05/10/2012 10:07:57 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: mamelukesabre
I am soooo glad I don't smoke...or drink soda pop.

Your are a very pure person. I almost want to say Christ-like. If I was your mommy, I would be very proud of you.
39 posted on 05/10/2012 10:13:13 PM PDT by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

No. Roasted.....I’m lazy. But I have the coolest antique coffee roaster though....if I had to, I could roast over an open fire.

I go to NH, and in the little village we frequent, they have the funniest little grocery store that sells *outdated* food. I can find whole-bean packs...never the same brand...for $2-3...not too bad a price.

My fam thinks I’m nutz! :)


40 posted on 05/10/2012 10:22:35 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

pretty much any kind of bread. Store bought most of the time.


41 posted on 05/10/2012 10:24:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Jay Santos CP

lol, I can’t stop laughing. That was funny!


42 posted on 05/10/2012 10:30:01 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Daffynition
I am sometimes called on to serve coffee for customers, so the fresh roasted Costa Rican Tres Rios is what my dinner party customers expect when I'm cooking for a special event, I've been using it so long.

But in a pinch, coffee is coffee, and cheap is ok. I prefer to combine cheap with excellent quality anytime I can ;).

/johnny

43 posted on 05/10/2012 10:32:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GeronL
No getting around the fact that too much bread is too much bread, but the factory stuff really packs on the pounds, where homemade and artisan bread from a good local baker won't have some of the crap in it that helps convert the carbs into fats.

Bread is life, and Jesus used bread and fishes in one of his miracles. I figure He approves of moderate consumption of good bread. ;)

/johnny

44 posted on 05/10/2012 10:37:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

45 posted on 05/10/2012 10:38:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I guess 4 slices with a pot pie is not moderate. heh


46 posted on 05/10/2012 10:39:55 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: unkus
I’m “smoking” Totally Vapor and like it a lot.

Vape on, brother!

I didn't even intend to quit smoking when I bought mine. Just wanted a way to smoke when and where I normally couldn't.

Only problem is that now my computer desk looks like a meth lab with all my DIY ejuice supplies. Still, saving money and possibly my life is well worth it.

47 posted on 05/10/2012 10:48:07 PM PDT by JustCallMeFrank
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To: Lancey Howard

I made ‘buck’ in prison, when I was sentenced to 25-to-life for killing trolls.


48 posted on 05/10/2012 10:52:55 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Most of the price of tobacco is tax.”

Yes it is, but “It’s for the children”.


49 posted on 05/10/2012 10:59:31 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Would you be willing to share your recipe? I’ve been looking for one that was cheap to make.


50 posted on 05/10/2012 11:07:39 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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