2016: How Much will you spend on tea this year?
It’s that time again, a new year and a new thread for us to track our purchases, or lack of purchases :) Because someone had to!
Either add to your comment throughout the year, or add a new one for each month. Anyway you do it is fine!
Figured I’ll kick things off.
In 2014, I spent roughly: 1320.42 USD 320.18 CAD which is about 135 a month. In 2015, I was trying to spend less but had an impromptu trip to Paris so instead I spent roughly 1075.10 USD 206.21 CAD. Technically less, but not as good as i wanted to do. In 2016, I’m going to try and spend at most, 500 USD and 500 CAD – which is roughly 40 a month in both currencies.
January: 33.87 CAD
February: 17.41 CAD
April: 4.12 CAD 46.40 USD
May: 11.11 CAD 42.00 USD
June: 31.40 CAD
August: 36.98 CAD 26.50 USD
November: 55.79 USD
Running Total: 170.21 CAD; 170.69 USD
Realised this morning that it’s April tomorrow and i somehow managed to get through the month without spending a thing. Crazy!
Not bad…so far from a budget standpoint i’m basically doing better than i thought. Averaging roughly 13.50 CAD and 17 USD each month.
Well, still doing better than i budgeted for, so no complaints there. Also really helping with my sipdowns!
January: $19 WP, $41 Life in Teacup, $32 Verdant, $173 Taobao
February: $66 Tea Masters, $63 Camellia Sinensis
March: $90 Tea Urchin, $39 Yunnan Sourcing
After March… $500+, all over
At this point, over $1k and it’s not even July, I’m just going to look at it as a daily amount. Budgeting for $5 a day on tea.
I spent around $450 in 2015. Since I made purchases of certain teas from certain companies that I’ve been meaning to buy/buy from for months (plus a few impulsive indulgences), I feel satisfied with what I have.
I’m counting teas only. My plan is to spend $100 or less. I’m on an all-year hiatus, with the exception of first flush green teas from China and Japan. I’d better be only posting in April and/or May.
Meant to update. I made a small 3 Leaf Tea order in January, when they had their one year anniversary sale. I missed out on their masala chai in the fall and wanted to get some. I was also running out of lavender. I picked up 2oz of each.
3 Leaf Tea – $19.45
January total: $19.45
Yearly total: $19.45
I pre-ordered spring green from Teavire this month. I’m keeping my goal so far!
March total: $32.00
Yearly total $51.45
Yay! It’s also really hard not to buy more teaware. We have 3/4 of a year to goooo X_X
Slipped off the road a bit. I did make Den’s Tea orders like I planned for their Sakura and Hashiri Sencha, but I also bought a couple other teas from them. I also bought some scented oolong from Tea Ave because I practically have nothing to cold-brew with, and they had a good sale.
I should revise my goal to less than $200.
April total: $66.39
Yearly total: $117.84
I made a Teavivre order in May. I wanted to buy a present for a coworker. She really likes the jasmine pearls. I also got samples of a couple teas for her. And then there was a tea ball as a part of the free time promotion since she needs one of those. Admittedly, I got myself the new harvest of the Golden Tip Dian Hong.
May total: $15.90
Yearly total: 133.74
I do plan to make another Teavivre during their anniversary sale, but much smaller. Really want to get this one tea because I was so impressed with it when I was given samples.
I started a budget spreadsheet last year, vowing to keep tack, not spend as much, be more responsible. And then Vancouver happened and I lost any semblance of control and never looked at the budget again.
So again – I’m saying it – this year will be better
I want to travel (non tea related), the USD/CAD exchange sucks, I have a mountain of tea – I shouldn’t need to buy much this year.
50.00 CAD/month – 600.00 CAD total for the year.
I don’t think that’s going to happen, but it could if I am vigilant with sales, only replacing what I really love/need.
2016 Total = 776.08
January = 0.00
February: 99.59 – August Uncommon
March: 69.79 – Tealyra
Red Blossom: 84.40
Imperial Tea Court: 98.20
Vital Tea Leaf: 26.55
May: 64.30 – A&D
August: 48.00 Amsterdam Tea
September: 53.29 CitezenTea
October: 107.60 August Uncommon
40.00 My tea guy
25.00 Bitterleaf Tea
December: 7.25 Tea Historic
How is this a realistic budget, Dex? In any way? Lol. Sorry. Tea is a slippery slope though. Oh my…
OK Way over budget – but San Francisco was not in the plans when I set the budget. I think some of this should be called “vacation” or “souvenirs” but am going to log it here in the spirit of full disclosure. Back on hiatus……
That looks really bad, but really it’s only 6 orders plus San Francisco vacation splurge.
OK so over budget but really not that bad. I still feel the issue was the SanFransisco trip. Take some/most of that out and I’m on budget. Now I just need to look at the numbers for amount of tea – that’s going to be scary. I didn’t drink much tea this year…..
I spent about $1000 in 2015. I’m going to aim to spend about the same, mostly to add a few high-end cakes to my puerh collection.
I tried to pull my tea purchases for the year, but my budget tracking program is inexplicably missing April through August. So. I think I spent around CAD$1000 last year? Maybe? Definitely need to spend LESS this year. Goal $0, but since that’s unlikely, $50/month max.
$10 to Sil for tea she bought me in… December? November? Does this even count? ;)
$13 for more discontinued Redberry Tonic at DavidsTea.
$23.13 August Uncommon, Passage, samples
$20 Treasure Green, oolong
$37.50 Chinese Tea Shop, sheng cake and pressed white tea
$4.95, Murchie’s (total impulse buy!)
Possibly nothing. That is only because I have a dresser full of tea and am drinking only a cup every couple days now (thanks, heartburn!) Once the baby is born, consumption will either go up or drop off altogether. No matter how I picture it, I can’t imagine making much of a dent in the stash this year so there is no need to add to it. On the plus side, one of my bros is getting into tea and I suspect I can offload some flavoured stuff on him that I’m not in love with anymore. Muahaha!
I want to keep myself to 2-3 large buys (and 1 or 2 smaller ones) and spend no more than US $500 for the year.
I only spent $106 on tea in 2015, but that was mostly due to trying to drink what I have in my stash. This year I’d like to keep my tea budget under $500. I think that will give me the chance to try plenty of new teas and restock some of my favorites.
I spent about $300 on tea+teaware last year, but I just started seriously getting into tea back around September. Since I’ve amassed a backlog I don’t want to spend over $50 a month so hopefully I can keep that goal and use my budget for a few large buys every couple of months.