What a Smoker's Budget Could Purchase

What a Smoker's Budget Could Purchase
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What a Smoker's Budget Could Purchase

The average smoker spends between $1,500 and $3,300 a year on cigarettes, depending on where they live. Here are a dozen other things you could buy for that kind of money. (Or, alternatively, you could save it for an emergency). 

A few thousand dollars will go a long way in a room remodel, which not only updates your crib but could also boost its resale value.

The world's most affordable car is the Tata Nano: Its base model retails for around $2,825. Of course, you can only get that model in India, but still -- it's a whole car for the price of a year's worth of smokes.

Buy some bling for that special someone (or for yourself). Depending on cut, color, and clarity, you can buy a ring with a .5 - .75 carat diamond.

With ticket prices starting at $1,500, you could buy an around-the-world airplane ticket. Depending on the type of ticket, you could have up to a year to stop at up to 16 airports!

OK, so you won't be able to create your own Gold's, but you could definitely spring for some good cardio and strength-training equipment. (Quitting smoking and investing the savings in your health = a doubly smart move.)

If you're gambling with money that otherwise was sure to go up in smoke, you can afford to take a few risks, and also buy for the long term to ride out the ups and downs of the market. 

For $2,640 you could buy that Monogram Denim Sunrise Blue Louis Vuitton Handbag you've been secretly coveting, or another equally fantastic bag.

Believe it or not, you can get a Vespa for $3,199. The stylish motorbikes meet worldwide environmental standards for cleaner engines, not to mention they make parallel parking a breeze.

These days, gold is selling near its all-time high -- your smoke money will only buy you a couple of ounces. Still, you can start building your hoard now.

At a starting price of $1,799, who wouldn't want an authentic Fender?

Imagine having your own little getaway spot on your balcony, deck or in your own backyard. Prices start at about $2,800.