2017: How much will you spend on tea this year?

Hope no one minds that I’m starting this year’s thread…

Previous Years:

2016 – http://steepster.com/discuss/12376-2016-how-much-will-you-spend-on-tea-this-year
2015 – http://steepster.com/discuss/10160-2015-how-much-will-you-spend-on-tea-this-year
2014 – http://steepster.com/discuss/6837-how-much-did-you-spend-on-tea-in-2014

To quite Sil from last year’s thread…

“Either add to your comment throughout the year, or add a new one for each month. Anyway you do it is fine!”

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Guess I’m kicking things off…

I managed to go a whole five days into the new year before I bought something! It was bound to happen, working at a tea store though. The sad thing is, I think I actually managed to make it longer than last year.

Like last year, I’m counting tea and teaware but not swaps! Goal is the same as the one I failed to meet in 2016: spend less than last year! Ideally, I’m looking at no more than $1500 in total OR no more than $250/month.

2016 – $2034.13
2015 – $1998.46
2014 – $1466.61

January: $205.50
DAVIDsTEA (Teaware/Chocolate/Tins) $34.00
Camellia Sinensis $89.00
Tea Ave. $54.00
For Tea’s Sake $8.50

February: $256.45
DAVIDsTEA (Teaware) $38.00
Bitterleaf Tea (Teaware I didn’t need) $122.45
Kusmi Tea $60.00
DAVIDsTEA $36.00

March: $134.00
Oolong Inc. $31.00
Camellia Sinensis $55.00
A Quarter To Tea $48.00

April: 352.50
White2Tea $7.50
Bitterleaf Tea $156.50
DAVIDsTEA (Summer Teaware) $32.00
DAVIDsTEA (Summer Chocolates) $13.50
MissB’s Stash Sale $20.00
Whispering Pines $52.00
Octavia Tea $71.00

May: $147.50
Cuppa’T Specialty Teas $8.50
Matcha Bowl (from a local artist) $19.00
Tea Desire $60.00
DAVIDsTEA (Thermal Carafe) $24.00
Pluck $8.00
TheForestWitch $28.00

GRAND TOTAL: $1103.45

I shockingly was way under budget, but that was because of school. As a teacher I drink less due to time constraints, and no loose leaf at school due to time/mess constraints. This year, given how much of a stash I have and the rate I am drinking it, I am hoping to cap at $500 max, preferably $300.

Shockingly, tea spending has been very low. I spent maybe $20 in bagged tea for school, and $12 on some loose leaf I found while wandering downtown earlier in the month. $32 for the first 4 months of the year!

Weasser said

I’m afraid to even look at what I’ve spent the last four months alone. I decided last week that I have enough tea already, and yet I’m still putting together an order of aged sheng from Yunnan Sourcing, because I just don’t have enough of that kind, and I’m sure it will be sizable. Once I get that though, I’ll stop. HA!

IAMGABBYJ said

Wow!! You guys must have tons of tea. I’m just starting to drink tea again, and I found that there is a whole other of tea then just bagged tea. Gong fu Cha all the way! For 2016, I spent $16.00 on 2 grams of silver needle. This year I recently ordered two different Oolongs from Mei-leaf and spent $27.16!

Nattie said

I’m expecting my no-buy realistically to continue through the whole year (over 300 more teas to sip down) but am allowing myself a little leeway of £5 a month. I was going to go for £10 but I’m going to try to be strict! So I guess my budget for the year is £60. Because of my sipdown challenge I’m counting everything tea-related, so that goes for tea, teaware, and swaps. I am planning on buying myself a temperature variable kettle this year though and I won’t be counting that.

January:
£8.99 – Butiki’s C&C from greenteafairy
£3.58 – Herbals from supermarket

February:
£8.15 – Love Potion from Bluebird Tea Co. They brought it back LE, I had to!

TOTAL SPEND: £20.72

Sil select said

2014: 1320.42 USD 320.18 CAD
2015: 1075.10 USD 206.21 CAD (including paris trip)
2016: 170.21 CAD; 170.69 USD

I figure 2017 will be another year of limited spending so that i can continue to sipdown my cupboard. I’m trying to get down to 30 teas by year end and as close to 1000g as i can. So let’s go with 360 in each currency at most (roughly 30/month).

January – 36.00 CAD
February – 37.66 USD
March – 0
April – 44.04 USD

May

Total: 36.00 CAD 77.70 USD

Dexter said

2016 Total = 776.08 – including San Fransisco trip

I did much better in 2016 than I have in previous years – the fact that I even have a number proves that I was at least paying attention to how much I was spending.

I think I would be happy to keep spending around that amount. I’m going to set the goal the same as last year with one disclaimer.

50.00 CAD/month 600.00CAD for the year for normal tea purchases – this amount is flexible for tea related purchases on vacation.

2017 Total = $97.50

Jan – 35.00 – My Tea Guy
Feb – 0.00
Mar – 0.00
Apr: 62.50
46.00 – Tao Tea Leaf
16.50 – House of Tea

Sil select said

that’s pretty good given the vacation tea you picked up :)

Sil select said

that’s awesome Dex! 2 month of no purchases! And April was “vacation” :)

LuckyMe said

I’m aiming to stay under $500 this year. I’m also trying to be disciplined about drinking down my stash and not hoarding tea which I hope will keep my tea expenditures low. We shall see..

I made a pumidor right after Christmas, Dec 26th 2016, and I suspect that I’ll spend as much on tea for the year as I do for a semester of grad school.

pmunney said

I feel you on that – Just upgraded my pumidor setup, deciding what sheng I want to get a tong of haha.

Nattie said

Lmao

pmunney said

I feel like I need to jump on this for 2017, wish I tracked my tea spending in 2016.

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