Ways to Save on Cigarettes


The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States was around $4.80, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This price varies widely across the country because state taxes vary. Even at the average price, a pack-a-day smoker spends nearly $150 per month on cigarettes. Keeping up this bad habit can be expensive. I know - I’d been smoking for six years, a pack a day. It was my second-largest bill other than my rent. Almost $300 a month. Where I live, gas stations usually sell my Parliaments for $6.99 a pack. Others charge more, but I’ve found my favorite spot based on both location and price. If you spend some time researching, you might be able to save a bundle on your cigarettes. To save money on cigarettes, smokers have a few options.

1. Buy online

The cigarette might be “made in Europe,” but for Cigarettespub.net’s $29 per carton of Marlboro Red, it’s worth it. The station nearest to me sells the same carton for $56. Buying online, however, is more likely to be cheaper than buying one from the store.

2. Buy from Native Americans

Indian reservations don’t have to charge tobacco taxes. And they often don’t. Of course, state governments don’t like this too much, but they can’t do much about it, according to the Buffalo News, which recently reported a new Indian shop in New York that’s selling packs for about half non-reservation store prices. To find the nearest Indian reservation, use our nifty Google formula: “[your state]+Indian+reservation.”

3. Try to buy cartons of cigarettes instead of individual packs.

Often times, your cost per pack will be significantly lower when you buy cartons of cigarettes instead of individual packs. This can add up to saving a large amount of money in the long run. A lot of smokers I know won't buy cartons because it makes tag cloud
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them feel more addicted. This is simply nonsense. If you know you are going to smoke at least 10 more packs of cigarettes in your life, it make sense to buy the carton and save the money. If by chance you quit before the carton is up, you can always do a good deed and give your extra packs away to a buddy who hasn't quit. I said earlier that my nearest gas station sells single packs of Parliaments for $6.99. The cartons go for about $55, which gives me a $15 discount for every 10 packs I buy. Cartons will always be cheaper, but not always by the same amount. Check your local store for details. Of course, buying a carton means you’re not quitting for at least 10 more packs. That used to discourage my friends and me, but it does save money. 4. Buy two packs at a time

In response to higher tobacco taxes, some manufacturers began offering double-pack discounts, usually about a dollar a purchase, or $0.50 off per pack. Problem is, these offers are usually only given for two or three brands in a given store, and they’re usually for the ones not selling well, according to the clerk at my nearest store. If you’re only buying smokes for a night on the town or a weekend getaway, this is probably your best option.

5. Check neighboring counties and states for cheaper cigarettes.

Many times, significantly lower cigarette prices are just a short drive away. For example, I live in Maryland where cigarettes are $6.50 per pack, but if I drive 45 minutes to Virginia or Pennsylvania, I can find cigarettes for less than $5.00 per pack. If it turns out that a city close-by offers lower cigarette prices, you can make a short drive and stock up on cheap cigarettes. This can be a great way to save money that not many people think of.

6. Sign up for coupons

Karla from MTN’s Deals page won’t be telling you about these coupons! Marlboro.com and Camel.com both let you register for coupons online. The coupons are usually no more than $1 or $2, and they only show up in your mailbox once a month. They’re usually connected to giant pamphlets about sponsored events and non-tobacco purchases, and as Karla would tell you, always be careful about who has your mailing address. Make sure you are on the tobacco company's mailing list. Many manufacturers of cigarettes regularly mail out cigarette coupons to customers on their mailing list, and these coupons are a great way to save up to a couple of dollars per pack. Most tobacco companies have some age identification system in place to make sure minors don't receive cigarette coupons, so you may have to provide a copy of your driver's license when you first sign up.