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April 30, 2013 – Comments (23) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , MO , DRAG

Greetings my fellow Fools, been awhile since I did a blog not involving TheFoxForceFiveContest. (Which has been way cool, much obliged to all the participants.) But I think I actually have something to say, so here goes nothin'-

Most of you know that I'm not a wealthy man, but aspire to become one someday . So when I invest it is with small amounts. I'm constantly dollar cost averaging and reinvesting my dividends until I build this monster of compound interest (which will no doubt lead to world domination, muhahaha!)

Now I've mentioned that I always save my change. If the clerk asks for $2.06 they get 3 beans and the janglin stuff goes in my pocket. (always amusing when they hear the kerplunk of the new change landing on the rest that I added during the day).Also I always make sure to set aside money for my KO DRIP. (blah,blah,blah).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8LOLswfTkQ

Recently found a new way to save money for investing, and I'm pretty excited about it-

After a quarter of a century I was able to kick my carton of a week Marlboro red habit. I've tried in the past and never made it two days. This time I wen't cold turkey, called into work and just stayed in bed all day with the cold sweats. Been a month and I could'nt imagine ever picking it up again (the cravings are there, but you learn to ignore them).

So this is good news for my financial and physical health, extra money every week, not spending my final days attached to an iron lung. Win-Win situation.

I hope this is helpful to maybe the new investor reading this that thinks you need large amounts to invest. Or just thinks that investing is too complicated, and you really need a trained professional to manage you money.

Also hope this is helpful too any smokers out there that want to quit, but don't think they can.

If I can do it anyone can :)

 

Do you mind if I smoke?

Not at all, do you mind if I fart?

~Steve Martin.

 

 

23 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM, Frankydontfailme (27.77) wrote:

Congratulations!

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#2) On May 01, 2013 at 8:27 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

Thanks Franky,

Forgot to mention, I'll also occasionally be picking up physical Silver. Just as a hedge. 

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#3) On May 01, 2013 at 8:58 AM, fireman9119ca (67.70) wrote:

Well done HCG.

Somehow the Marlboro man is not as cool as he used to be.

 The new Marvel superhero "Iron Lung Man" seems to be catching on nicely

It would be interesting to see your "smoke money" invested in  KO over 30 years

 HCG, just dont double on on the booze now....

Congrats,

 FM

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#4) On May 01, 2013 at 9:13 AM, Option1307 (30.12) wrote:

Best investment you could ever make in yourself, congrats!

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#5) On May 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM, Valyooo (99.47) wrote:

Awesome, congrats.  Also looks like you will be surpassing my score soon.

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#6) On May 01, 2013 at 1:08 PM, L0RDZ (78.57) wrote:

So  what  are   the  cravings  like  ?   do  you  get  dry mouth  ? or  does  your  mouth  water ?   do  your  hands  miss  holding  them cancer  sticks ?   do  your  lips  crave  the  warm  sensation  when  you  inhale  in  that  warm  puff   deep  down ?

I've heard  that  quitting  smoking  is  difficult  especially  if  you've smoked  for  a  quarter  century.

I  guess  your  can't  do  any  dragon  blow  it  out  the  nose  anymores ?

Oh well  ~   bad  for my  MO investment  ~  bad  for  schools that  get   cigarette $$$  ~  but  you'll  be  glad to know  that   fewer of  your items  will  get  those  ash  burns  and  that  smell.

Hopefully your  lungs will  get a  chance  to  regenerate  and  you'll be  able  to smell  and  breathe  like  you're  suppose to be able to  again.

Back in  the  day,   beautiful  women  would  go  around  passing out  free samples  of   marlboros.

 

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#7) On May 01, 2013 at 5:49 PM, awallejr (77.67) wrote:

Took a brain hemorrhage and a week on morphine to get me off the habit.  Stick to it Harry.

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#8) On May 01, 2013 at 7:20 PM, blesto (30.88) wrote:

Awsome man!

I heard once that to kick a bad habit...

replace it with a good habit.

When I kicked smoking, it was very difficult whenever I had a beer. They always seemed to go together. I don't know how good it is but I eat a heckuva lot of pistachios now.

Do you have any new good habits?

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#9) On May 01, 2013 at 10:37 PM, tdonb (< 20) wrote:

Good work. Now remember, that feeling of, "Oh, just one wouldn't kill me," is a lie. Don't ever pick them up again.

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#10) On May 01, 2013 at 11:28 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

It would be interesting to see your "smoke money" invested in  KO over 30 years

 HCG, just dont double on on the booze now....

Thanx FM,

Actually I cut down on the beers. I have no plan on giving those up completley. (might as well pull an old yeller on my ass if I couldn't enjoy a tasty beverage :)

Only difference is I haven't gotten sh!t faced in awhile

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#11) On May 02, 2013 at 12:21 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

Do you have any new good habits?

I'm hooked on white cheddar rice cakes (the low fat kind)

Bad habits incurred-

Large Coke every morning.

Just eating a lot,(maybe I was skinny at 175, and need to eat some more..?)_

 

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#12) On May 02, 2013 at 2:16 PM, awallejr (77.67) wrote:

Well depends on how tall you are.  If you are 6' 3" put some damn weight on sheesh.  But you will gain some weight after having quit smoking.  Took my eating horse radish and walking around the neighborhood after dinner to finally get my weight down to my pre-quiting days. 

Sometimes I would actually dream I am smoking and I would get pissed off at myself heheh. Just don't go back.  Your body inside is healing every day  that goes by now.

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#13) On May 02, 2013 at 6:22 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

Hey blesto, Looks like your all good with the pistachios-

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/7-health-benefits-of-pistachios.html

Think I'll pick some up this weekend.

Lol Andy, no I'm 6'0" so I guess a few pounds wouldn't hurt. Ever since I read the blog where you mentioned horseradish I've had the missus replace the mayonnaise on my ham sandwiches with horseradish.

Adds a nice kick.

(oh and I've had the smoking dream also. Yeah I was ticked :)

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#14) On May 02, 2013 at 6:43 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

So  what  are   the  cravings  like  ?   do  you  get  dry mouth  ? or  does  your  mouth  water ?   do  your  hands  miss  holding  them cancer  sticks ?   do  your  lips  crave  the  warm  sensation  when  you  inhale  in  that  warm  puff   deep  down ?

LOL LZ, ok let me try and answer your question, I get dry mouth mainly in the morning, hence my substitute with a sweet beverage. The hands definitely miss holding them cancer sticks so your constantly looking for something for them to do, hence the snacking.

Oh well  ~   bad  for my  MO investment  ~  bad  for  schools that  get   cigarette $$$  ~  but  you'll  be  glad to know  that   fewer of  your items  will  get  those  ash  burns  and  that  smell.

Double LOL! pretty sure that sweet 4.8% yield is safe, even factoring in the loss of one customer.

But hey if your worried about more americans quitting, or the existing customer bases irritating habit of dying early, maybe look into PM for the emerging market exposure.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say your investment is a pretty safe bet for the forseeable future ;)

 

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#15) On May 11, 2013 at 6:02 AM, 4melody (27.31) wrote:

Congratulations Harry on your extended life span minus the old habit!  Chewing gum seems to help some ex-smokers soothe the mouth's need for stimulation. Chewing gum might also be an interesting investment.  ~  mkp

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#16) On May 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

Thanks melody,

Have to admit to not being a huge gum fan, but I'll give it a try.

When you mentioned gum the first brand I thought of was Wrigley (based right here in Chicago). But Mars bought out the shareholders ($80 pr/shr in Oct 08 so not a bad deal imo)

Mars isn't publically traded so were left with-

Hershy (ticker HSY) makers of bubble yum, stocks been on absolute tear lately, pretty sure it qualifies as a dividend aristocrat so not a bad buy. (Especially for those that have been holding for the past several years)

Cheers.

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#17) On October 02, 2013 at 6:42 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

Ooops, I almost forgot I was going to use this blog to record milestones. Yesterday marked the six month anniversary of being smoke free.

The cravings are gone, no longer have to constantly snack. Still think about it every now and then, but it's easy enough to say to myself- Yo self what are ya freakin' goofy!

The money saved is amazing. I invest most of it, but also make sure to take my girl out for a nice dinner once or twice a month. You know the saying happy wife...

I'm probably just talking to myself this late in the game, but at least I have a record of how it's going.

Cheers.

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#18) On October 05, 2013 at 8:03 PM, awallejr (77.67) wrote:

Nah I listened.  Now eat a teaspoon of horseradish a day and walk a bit after dinner.  Go Cardinals!

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#19) On November 05, 2013 at 7:20 PM, blesto (30.88) wrote:

What's with the horseradish?

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#20) On November 05, 2013 at 9:00 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

http://liveandfeel.com/articles/benefits-of-horseradish-plant-1715

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#21) On November 05, 2013 at 10:43 PM, awallejr (77.67) wrote:

What's with the horseradish?

It is a miracle food.  Helps you lose weight off the tummy.  Helps the testerone level.  Can "cure" old meats. Clears those sinuses.  Can even be used on open wounds.

And ah well Cardinals lost.  They didn't deserve it anyways.  But they are a young team.  Also Ortiz uses "something."  No way a 37 year old can keep hitting 97 mph fastballs.

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#22) On November 05, 2013 at 11:09 PM, awallejr (77.67) wrote:

Couple other things:

In the morning put some cinnamin on a tablespoon then cover it with honey (local is best for allergies).  Great for hand joint pain.

Also slice some cucumber, throw Stop & Shop lettuce or whatever in your area, then cover with tumeric and a little black pepper and then use Realtime lemon juice.

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#23) On November 05, 2013 at 11:20 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.60) wrote:

 Also Ortiz uses "something."

Wouldn't it be ironic if he were snorting lines of horseradish between innings?

 

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