It was months in the making, maybe years, but one-by-one, you watched as all your smoking friends got bit by the vaping bug. It’s better for you, they said. You can vape indoors, they said. No more huddling outside in bone-curdling cold just to huff down a nasty, tar-filled cigarette, they said.

Am I right? I’ll bet I’m close.

But maybe you held out. No thanks, you answered them. I like my tar and my hacking cough every morning, and I like putting on my heavy coat just to freeze my nether parts off for that cherished nighttime smoke. You were stubborn. You would not be convinced. You were loyal to the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel. They were your truest friends!

Then you heard those vaping companions of yours talking money. They went on and on about all that cash they used to spend on cigarettes and all the bucks they started saving since picking up their vaporizers. Maybe one of them mentioned putting money away in his 401k. Maybe another said something about her kid’s college fund. And you got to thinking. I like money, you said to yourself, and I could always use more of it. I don’t have a 401k, but maybe I should. I’ve got kids, and they’ll probably want to go to college one day. Maybe, just maybe, I should look into this whole vaping thing.

I’ll give you the short answer up front. Then we’ll get into the details. Can you save money if you switch from cigarettes to vaping? Yes! Absolutely! But some people don’t right away, and there are a couple reasons for that.

Initiation and experimentation. In a nutshell, these two words explain why many (but not all) people take some time before they begin saving money. When vaping is new to you, there’s a bewildering range of eLiguids, e-cigs, and vaporizers to choose from, not to mention cases and other accessories for all your gear. For some people, this means a season of trial and error, sorting through the options until that special combination of vaporizer and ejuice falls in their laps. Consider how long it takes to find new music you actually like or a new restaurant that serves quality grub day in and day out. If you really want to find something that goes beyond the usual mediocrity, you’ve got to put in a little work. But once you find that happy marriage of ejuice and hardware, you’ll see the savings start pouring in (see the breakdown later for the hard numbers).

Of course, that’s not the only way. While there’s nothing wrong with taking the above approach or with tricking out your hardware with a case or display stands and so on, some people, maybe someone like you, want to get right to the savings. To do this, it’s all about getting started with the industry standards, the established players in the vaping game. This way, you know you’ll get quality across the board plus the kind of competitive prices the big boys can offer due to their sizable presence in the market. As a beginner, consider NJOY vapes. A mainstay in the market for years, one that has built its formidable reputation on quality (they offer 100% money back guarantees on all products), many new vapers start with NJOY and never look back. In doing so, the switch from cigarettes to vaping results in immediate and ongoing savings.

Just how much can you hope to save? Let’s get specific with some hard numbers, but remember, the numbers will vary based on where you live, as tax rates on cigarettes change from state to state. Let’s say you typically smoke a pack of Marlboro Reds every day, and let’s further say you’re paying $6.50 per pack (many states will charge you significantly more and some states will charge a bit less). 100 days at one pack a day that adds up to $650. Now, let’s compare that to NJOY’s King e-cigs, which many new vapers start with because the cigarette shape of the e-cigs helps them transition to vaping. According to NJOY, each King e-cig is comparable to one pack of traditional cigarettes, which means 100 NJOY Kings will take our hypothetical smoker through 100 days. Now, a pack of 100 Kings will cost our smoker $479.99. That boils down to savings of $170 every one hundred days. That’s nothing to scoff at, but consider the poor soul who lives in New York State. That same pack of Marlboro Reds costs nearly $14, which means our smoker is spending $1400 every one hundred days. That boosts the savings to almost $1000 every one hundred days. A small fortune!

Vaping does save you money.