Tea Buying Hiatus Support Group
Ok, I cave in and will post here in the hopes to get SUPPORT!!!
I’m at 253, but with everything coming my way, I’m pretty sure i’ll be hitting the 300 mark. I don’t feel so bad per say, but it has to stop for a while!!! Too hard too manage over that, been there before.
Soooo… I thought if I put it down in writing and let more people know about it, it will make my hiatus commitment stronger and more serious.
Basically, the hiatus as to stop being on hiatus!
Last order: Dammann Frères, january 18, from Cadeau Vendome.
(Not that it makes a huge difference, but I do hold Sil responsible for that one, lol)
I’m looking at a mark of 150 before next oder…Am I being unrealistic?
150 from 253 is probably unrealistic, but we need to set tough goals. I set aside about 20 teas from an order last Fall and won’t let myself drink them until I reach 150, but I’m still stuck at nearly 180. Still, I think the goal helps (though Black Friday really hurt).
If you slip, just take a deep breath and promise yourself you’ll do better next time.
Thanks Dr. Jim for the encouragement, I know, your right, 150 is a bold attempt!!
I stopped ordering for six months last spring, maybe I can do the same… But whatever happens, having too much tea is an enjoyable problem :-)
It is a nice problem, but between the books and the tea, my wife is starting to think I am a hoarder. I’ve tried to get people to focus on volume rather than number of types. I currently have 16 pounds of tea in the house. I reckon that is a 10 month supply!
I found the easiest way to keep myself under control with tea (like everything else in my life) is not to put a total ban on buying tea. Because I do good for a little while and then go on an epic binge which just makes things worse. So I set up a few rules. I can buy tea if I need it, or it is one sale, or limited edition, etc., but overall avoid orders. That has helped me to keep on track. I also am finding that if I work on opening only a few teas at a time, drinking them til they are gone before I can open other teas. You get rid of your small samples really quick this way. I wish you all the luck!
You can do it! (Support, support)
It is hard, though. I can feel myself wanting to order from David’s because I never have and so many people are now drinking David’s. It is exciting to see how that company has grown both in terms of location (there are some near me now and two years ago on vacation in Canada I was so excited to go into one of their stores!) and popularity. But I know I have to resist this and all the other now popular names (Butiki!) or the next thing you know I will have no room to walk in my house!
Try to invent ways to make your current supply of tea feel new and exciting. Swaps are a great way to try new tea without spending money (other than postage). Travelling tea boxes are also great; I’m looking forward to an arrival in February, which means I don’t need to buy this month or next (and I have hopes for March). Participate in Sip-down Saturday or have a goal of a certain number of sip-downs every week.
Another idea is what I call “taking inventory”. Starting in mid-December, I’ve been trying to sample a cup of every single tea I own. It’s been lots of fun: I’ve had 167 separate teasto date , and was forced into 12 sip-downs. Every tea that has less than 3 remaining servings is going into a sip-down box; when I finish the inventory, I’m going to attack the box.
Great suggestions you guys, thank you so much for the SUPPORT!!!
I don’t aim for a perfect score, but I will certainly try some of those wise advices :-)
teafairy – we can swap anytime! grin I’m sorry i “encouraged” you to pick up tea from cadeaux. ;) I set mini goals for myself each month to help. And place the occasional small order when i know i can drink down the same number of teas before the order gets to me.
Oh no, sil, you know I’m only joking :-) I’ve been waiting a long time to get pomme d’amour and cerise noire plus now this puerh gourmand. Those are teas I already know I’m gonna have on regular basis, plus with the paypal discount I got, it really helped! i’m so happy about this order and should be thanking you instead of making jokes about it :-) Still can’t get passed how reasonable shipping was!
Okay, time for me to post in here. I did two more orders today and that is absolutely the last one until I use some things up! I swear I have about 50 samples of things hanging around and I need to drink all of them up. I wonder if I took the time to put them all in my steepster cupboard and then sipped them down if it would be more motivating, hmm…
My actual collection (everything more than 5 cups) is relatively small compared to some people on here, but I will probably reach 60 teas by the time everything comes in and it’s starting to escape the cabinet. Ack! If I mention another purchase after today, someone virtually slap my hand or something.
Last order: Friday, Jan. 24, Golden Moon
LOL I’ll be honest, I don’t have any good advice for you. I’ve been posting on and off on this thread since it started. I haven’t found the right strategy to: try every tea out there while not allowing cupboard to get out of control.
IMHO it’s good that you are trying to nip it in the bud while your stash is still at a reasonably number. Trust me when I say, it doesn’t take long to go from 100-300 if you don’t have your credit cards securely locked away. :))
I think if I can I’d like to stay at or under 50. Any more than that and my budget’s going to be a little stretched. I’ll have to remind myself that there are always swaps!
For now I think I’m just settling for “no new orders until the samples are gone,” although that wording may change slightly as time goes on, haha.
Dexter – it’s easy to go from 50-250 without credit card help! just do swaps :)
I put all the tea in my house, into my cupboard so that I know where i’m sitting. It makes it a little more challenging with swaps if ppl want some but it also gives me incentive to get through them because they’re the fastest way to drop my cupboard numbers down :)
Sil – I’m not disagreeing with that. For me personally my cupboard explode 50-250 primarily with credit card help. It is now exploding again 250-350 (? or where ever it lands in the next week or so) primarily with swaps. :))
I too have everything listed in my cupboard – I don’t have fancy spread sheets like the ORGANIZED people on here. I need my Steepster cupboard to help me know what I have.
Finally starting to feel like i’m getting my cupboard under a BIT of control…made it under 150 before the end of February, after missing my December and January goal of getting there, but i’m still on track to keep it that way, even with the couple swaps coming my way.
Also, my oldest tea in my cupboard is now from May 2013 so 10 months old at the worst…making progress on getting to within 8 months of buying.
H ha yes puerhs are exempt…I have a few older than May but I don’t let those count :)
That’s awesome. :D You’re really getting your cupboard where you want it (and full of the best of teas).