So I’m standing in line at the gas station convenience store, waiting to buy a pack of gum, staring into the fluorescent light, thinking of…well…not a damn thing.
The young woman in front of me, delightfully decorated with colorful tattoos, was holding a baby in a carrier. She bought a pack of cigarettes. I was stunned.
What? That a young mother was smoking? Nah. That’s her business.
I was stunned to hear that the cigarettes were $9.10 a pack, plus tax! I had no idea! I used to smoke Merits, and the clerk told me they were $9.40!
I’ve totally lost track since I gave ’em up a couple of years ago (when they cost 6-something a pack). I figure I’m saving $6,862 dollars had I not broken the old two-pack-a-day habit.
So that makes me healthier and wealthier.
I’m still working on the wiser.