I have just noticed the counter that I have on my profile on the forum. It's been a long time since I looked at it but it tells an interesting story. 78 000 cigarettes divided by 20 per pack = 3 900 packs. This number seems high but just wait until you look at what those cigarettes would have cost. I haven't bought cigarettes for seven years so I looked up the current Cape Town prices. I smoked Camels so I took today's price and multiplied it by 3 900 packs. I would have spent R 206 700 from when I started vaping up to today! I will admit that I have spent a lot of time at the bottom of the vaping rabbit hole but there is no way that I have spent that much on vaping. I'm not willing to count everything out accurately but the following are estimates of what I have spent but costing things at today's prices as I did with the cigarettes. 40 mods X R 1000 per mod = R 40 000 35 Attys at R 500 each = R 17 500 Batteries used +- 25 at R 120 = R 3 000 Coils (guestimate) - 10 000 Extra stuff like drip tips, spares, etc = 5 000 Juice is hard to estimate as I started DIY after the first year. Let's say R 30 000. The total spent is R 105 500. My total saving has been about R 100 000. However I tweak the numbers there is no way that I am in the red or even close to it. Also, remember that the kit that I have must have some second-hand value which should be subtracted from the total. When you smoke, everything goes up in smoke..... literally. Today's new vapers should spend far less than I did. In the early days, innovation took place at an alarming rate and we were forced ( OK, not really forced) to buy the new best thing because it was truly the new best thing. Apart from the pod invasion very little has changed over the last few years. To illustrate this, I recently decided to use my RX200 mod from 2016ish. Believe me, the vape experience, as far as mods are concerned, hasn't improved over the last 5 years. What a great mod. I'm a wattage vaper so I don't include other modes here. What I am getting at is that a new vaper would probably start on a pod system and may progress to mods and RBAs but anything he/she buys after that would only be for style or fun - but not necessary. The amount spent would obviously be way higher for a vaper who doesn't DIY juice.