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I need to reach my goal by Black Friday support group

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Dinosara said

19 days to Black Friday!

I have become very focused on meeting my goal, even if I did end up ordering four extra teas this month. I made a spreadsheet with all my teas and the number of servings left of them, for the ones with less than 10 servings. I ended up measuring out servings since some I could divide by weight (my gongfu teas) and some by volume (measured with a perfect teaspoon).

There are 31 teas in my cupboard with 5 servings or less, and all told they add up to 74 servings of tea. That comes out to 3.9 servings a day from now until Black Friday, convenient because I usually drink 4-5 teas a day. If I drink all of those down, I will end up with 97 teas on Black Friday!

Sil select said

yay! go you!

I think my initial black friday goal was to get down to 200. I think my current goal is to stay under 200, LOL. I might get a few more sipdowns in, but otherwise I think my goal now is to save up some money, so that I can blow it! LOL!

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Kaylee said

8 days ago I had 149 teas and a goal of reaching 100 by Black Friday. Since then, I have sent out some tea for the Secret Pumpkin swap and done 11 sipdowns. Except I also received tea from my Secret Pumpkin (thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet!) and found a few uncatalogued teas. So now I’m at 144 teas with 17 days to go. Aargh! I can still theoretically reach my goal of 100 teas if I do 2-3 sipdowns a day, but that seems increasingly unrealistic. Boo.

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Kaylee said

I’m also finding it hard to drink that last cup of some teas that I really like but probably won’t be able to restock. There’s a little voice in my head saying “what if I want it later and don’t have it!?”. Anyone else have that problem?

Gah, I have that problem too. There are a few companies I don’t order from anymore because shipping costs more than I want to pay. I’ve been hoarding the last few cups of those teas knowing I won’t reorder them any time soon.

Lariel select said

I usually hoard any new seasonal teas. It’s not too late for Autumn teas, even if I get the Winter ones soon. (And I need to sipdown the Summer ones before it gets too cold.)

Dr Jim said

I focus on net weight rather than the number of teas. That way, a couple dozen small samples only adds up to an ounce or two: equivalent to one of my staples.

I particularly refuse to sip down teas that I may want to purchase but that might have competition. I’d like one last sip-off to decide where to place the order.

Sil select said

i sip them down, but take time to enjoy the last cup, since sitting in my cupboard they’re just getting old :)

I used to have a problem sipping down a tea that I love (& still do sometimes). I’m sure I’m famous (at least in my own mind) for my hoarding of Sichuan Caravan & Zhu Rong, at least. Nowadays I’m getting much better @ the ‘just drink it’ way of thinking. I have so many awesome teas now it my cupboards that I might as well enjoy them, right? Also, anything that isn’t as awesome as the other ones might as well get drank up so that it’s no longer a ‘burden’ on my list.

On the other hand, I have all these Verdant TOMC & TOMCR teas, some of which are quite awesome & nuanced, & some which are really kind of average. In my mind I want to have them to share with somebody, but I’m the only one I know that appreciates them. I wish I had an awesome friend like Sil, that actually lived in St. Louis, to drink tea with. Until then, I’ll savor each & everyone, alone, with all of you. :)

Kaylee said

We should have a thread for people to get together and have the same tea at the same time. Online tea party!

I agree!

ifjuly said

I would LOVE that. Or like an agreed tea for X time meet up in a chat room. That would be so so great!

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Dinosara said

10 days until Black Friday (not including today)! Where are YOU at in your progress?

Me, I still have 17 teas to sipdown. More importantly for my goal, I have 34 servings of teas to drink before Black Friday. I think I can do it! I have a two-tea cushion as well. The hardest part is going to be when I actually go home for Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day itself. Really I need to be done in 7-8 days, with perhaps one tea to go.

Cavocorax said

I’m down to 82 teas which is awesome as I was just hoping to hit 100! (I do have some swaps coming in so I might get bumped up to 90+ though).

I’m starting to get impatient as I wait to hear what the sales will be so I can plan accordingly. :P

Sil select said

Cavo…you’re totally higher than that..your teas are just living at my place!

sigh I’m at 170 today with my verdant monthly blend teas. There are a couple of teas on my way but i’m still hopeful i can get through 20 teas in uh 10 days. I do have a weekend, and as long as i can get in a work from home day, this SHOULD be doable since i still have lots of smaller tea sizes. Provided i don’t get a “few” teas cough from the ppl sending me things haha (few in the way that dexter and terri view few i mean…)

Dinosara said

Oh and also there is no more tea coming to me between now and then. I did get a couple of samples from MissB, bumping my cupboard to 120, but they are small. So you and I are basically at the same point, Sil!

I’m around 192 or something like that.
Sil, I tried to go easy you on that last box ;)
If I can just keep my stash under 200 for now, I’ll be happy!

I need to update my cupboard, but I should be hovering around 200 right now, which means I still have 50 teas to go. My plans for this week are to drink any samples I’ve been sent for review, finish my last few swap teas, and do one last random teabag sipdown. Originally I wanted to be down to 150 by Black Friday, but I’ll likely be closer to 175.

Still, considering the amount of tea I started with that is great progress and my tea stash is much more manageable now. I think what I’ll do, since I didn’t reach my goal, is make sure not to open any of my Black Friday orders until I’ve finished off the last 25 teas.

Sil select said

Dinosara – not for long! 160 here i come! haha
Terri – oh god..never go hard on me :)
Short Sorceress – i think that’s totally reasonable! you can do it!

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Dexter3657 said

I have not been posting to this thread recently.
I have come to the conclusion that I am content having an out of control, OMG how did this happen, 175 teas in my cupboard.
If anything I’ve switched over to Dr. Jim’s side of the argument that it’s not about number of but volume of. I didn’t come to that realization until the Winners and Holt Renfrew binge I just went on. While that only added a “few” teas to my number, it added almost 1 KG to my stash. I have A LOT of tea in my house right now, but I’ve decided that is ok, and I’m choosing not to stress about it.
Congrats to everyone is has/almost made their goals.

Sil select said

haha yeah my comfort mark is around 200 teas, but often i’ll have 20+ samples sitting there waiting :)

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We still have 9 days until Black Friday, but for anyone interested I’m doing huge list of pre-black friday sales over on my blog. I’ll be updating the list as I hear about new sales.

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2013/11/20/good-deal-alert-pre-black-friday-deals-you-wont-want-to-miss.html

Cavocorax said

Looks good so far!

Rosehips said

Wowza. Good deals!

Here is an interesting deal I just came across in case anyone is interested

Argo Tea has a Scratch & Win Game on Facebook. Everybody wins, play once every 24 hours. If you happen to have Amazon Prime your order will ship for free, I won a free sampler set ($13 value) and the code provided works on Amazon as well.

https://www.facebook.com/argotea/app_160116404051502

Kaylee said

Squee! I got one too! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for the info about Argo, just ordered my samples! Also, thanks for compiling a list. I’ve heard a lot about these Black Friday sales, but didn’t know any details.

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Kaylee said

Ok, I’m officially off the wagon. I never made it close to my sipdown goal. At this point I’m just working on a few select bags to clear space for the new orders. Which really just means drinking down some Butiki teas to make room for new Butiki teas. :)

Lariel select said

I drank some Della Terra Teas to make room for the Harvest/ Holiday ones.

Sil select said

little goals work too!

Once I realized I wasn’t going to make my overall goal, I started making smaller goals. I’ve made a lot of progress over the last few weeks that way. One of mine just so happened to be to drink down my Butiki teas to make room for more ::grins:: I had a Butiki sample sipdown week and managed to finish off most of what I had.

Goal accomplished!

Kaylee said

Hehe good to know I’m not the only one. Thanks for the support!

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Sil select said

Alright…down to the wire. One more week to go. I’ve got 6 teas to go that i’m aiming to finish off tomorrow. And then i’m going to set a mini goal of trying to get enough sipdowns taken care of between Sunday and December 13 to ensure my orders placed don’t put me over 150 heh (dec 13 = two weeks it will take mail to get to me if i order it on black friday)

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Only 7 days left until Black Friday! Here are my goals for the week.

Sip down the 8 review samples I have from Yezi Tea and Little Red Cup Tea Co. I’ve been working on these for a week now, so I don’t have much remaining.

Sample, if not sip down completely, the three teas DrJim sent me via the TTB from Mountain Tea Co.

Random teabag sipdown, I have 7-8 I need to get through. They’re mostly herbals so if I do one a day before I go to bed I’ll be able to accomplish this.

If I still have time I want to either open my green tea assortment from TeaVivre or finish of my Verdant samples so I can decide which teas I want to order come Black Friday.

That still leaves me a little short of my revised goal of down to 175 before Black Friday, but I’m sure I can get through the last three on Black Friday so I figure that is close enough. After that I’m opening up my secret pumpkin teas and my American Tea Room order so I can finally try brioche.

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Back when I first made an excel spreadsheet in July, I started with 74 and made 25 my Black Friday goal. I reached 23 yesterday! Excited My numbers are much smaller than many other users’ so it might seem like, What have I to worry about?! Although I’m not new to the tea world anymore, when my stash reached 90 at some point that made my internal alarm go off! Still too many for me xD I hope everyone else can meet their goals~! Good luck!!

Sil select said

Congratulations! That’s awesome :)

Kaylee said

Yay! Congrats!

Booker said

Great job!

Congrats! I’m glad to hear people are reaching their goals early.

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