Friday, March 8, 2013

Budget Friendly Tea

If you regularly read my weekly spending reports, you would see I buy milk every week. Its not for drinking straight or putting in cereal. Its for tea.

Instead of buying a hot caffeinated beverage everyday, I simply buy tea bags in bulk, use the hot water machine at work and add some (raw) sugar and milk.

Here's why its good for my budget:

  • 72 teabags on sale for $2.99 = $0.04 per serving
  • Raw sugar 500 grams for $4.99 (apparently 4 grams is one serving, 500/4=125 servings!) = $0.04 per serving
  • Milk 10 servings for $1.00 = $0.10 per serving
Total per serving: $0.18 and I usually have 2 servings per day = $0.36

Thirty-six cents per day for 2 large cups of tea = winning :) Also that makes $1.80 per week, that's about the price of ONE XL tea/coffee at Timmies or Starbucks

Granted, I do on occasion drink fancier stuff, I love Tetley's Earl Grey Vanilla and Chocolate Chai for example. I have been gifted some David's and Teavana tea but I just can't thoil buying for myself when Tetley will do. Drinking regular tea is better for my budget :)

All my family members are huge tea drinkers, I think its been ingrained in me to love tea. They've also showed that drinking tea has some awesome health benefits. There's so many flavours and varieties which is a bonus. I also like the fact that I don't feel the need to add cream like I do with coffee so it makes tea a healthier drink for me (gotta watch the cholesterol). Sure there's lattes but they are expensive. In the end, I'm just a tea person.

And I leave you with this fun article about Tea People vs Coffee People

How about you? Do you drink tea or coffee? Do you make it yourself to help with your budget or do you regularly indulge with Timmies/Starbucks, etc?



  1. i make tea myself, but when roll up the rim is on i tend to buy it...sucker for a gimmick

  2. Hi Drew,

    I hear ya. We've been getting Timmies on the weekend since Roll Up and so far neither me nor hubby has won anything. Not even a free coffee or donut!

    But during the work week, I still stick with my own tea. Especially in March since I've made it a challenge not to buy any breakfast/lunch/snacks/drinks during the work week. So far, so good :)

    Thanks for dropping by :)

  3. We're big tea drinkers in my family, and everyone has their own specific tea cupboard. Unfortunately it's just me that drinks tea and my BF is a coffee lover, so I don't have as nice a tea collection as every else.

    1. T just started drinking green tea. I don't think he likes the taste (loads it with sugar) but liked the health benefits. For me, its more budget and cupboard space that prevents me from having a tea cupboard. Also, I find I drink the same flavours for the most part so I find the others will sit for a long time before I get around to drinking them.

      Thanks for the comment :)

  4. Both tea and coffee in excess, lol. I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who buys milk almost entirely for tea!

    1. I drink coffee too on occassion. There was a period where I drank too much of it and now I rarely have it. Maybe I'll get sick of tea (not likely) and go back to drinking coffee more regularly, who knows? But since I can't drink regular coffee w/o cream and I'm not supposed to have cream due to cholesterol, its a rare treat at this point. I'd rather go for a latte :)

      Thx for stopping by :)