How to Economize with Tea

by Julian

How can you save money during recession? Is there a way to make your tea expenditure efficient while maximizing your health benefits and enjoyment?

This is a subject that is very close to my heart in this time of economic uncertainty, and I invite you to share your thoughts with me.

An important question is this:

- How much tea do you need to drink each month? What is your monthly budget?

The UK Tea Council recommends drinking 3 to 6 cups a day. Now, let's say you have never drunk a high quality tea before, so you may want to start at 3 cups a day.

When drinking tea for health benefits, unflavored loose green tea containing lots of spring harvested tea buds is the best. One gram of such tea may contain as much as 100 milligrams of antioxidants, while other types of tea would contain much less.

Imagine what those 300 milligrams of pure antioxidants will do to your fat cells, heart functions, eyes and complexion.

How much is 100 milligrams of antioxidants? That is how much antioxidants you get from 12 apples.

Think about it.

3 grams of loose green tea will yield 3 cups of tea. So all you need is 90 grams a month.

If you have a budget of $10 per month, you should look for tea with a price range of $5 per 50 grams.

If you have a budget of $20 per month, you should look for tea with a price range of $10 per 50 grams.

And so on.

Can you find tea with a price range of $5 to $10 with enough quality?

The short answer is yes, just check out my tea shop.

Further tips on how to economize...

Higher grade tea often seems more expensive than they really are. Take HQ's Dragon Well green tea for example. Just 2 grams will yield 3 infusions easily. So it actually costs 33% less than you expect.

It is always a good idea to get a mixture of grades and types, so you can drink different teas according to your moods. You may drink a higher grade at your leisure, and an everyday grade when you are busy.

Finally, drink according to the season. Spring time is good for drinking a jasmine scented green tea. Summer time white tea. Autumn a lightly oxidized oolong tea such as Iron Goddess. And winter a roasted oolong or Chinese red tea.

Finally, why not save on postage as well? When you order more than $50 from me, postage is free. If for any reasons you are not happy, you get refunds. I will try my best not to let you down.

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You get the idea.

Do you have any thoughts on how to save money on tea? If you do, I sincerely invite you to share your thoughts by clicking on the comment link below.

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Jun 21, 2009
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by: Terri Lynn

Drinking tea is great for your health, and people do tend to shy away from higher prices... but loose leaf is the way to go having higher benefits per cup with less caffeine than a bagged tea (because loose leaf is the whole leaf, versus bits of tea leaf in a bag). If you are unsure of a tea because of the price, or if you aren't in the position to buy enough to get free shipping... find some of your friends who like tea and order together!

I definitely recommend the higher grade teas because you will get more benefits from the better quality tea... and it re-steeps more times than the lower grade ones! My personal favorite is Dragonwell, because it energizes me... but doesn't keep me up at night! (Julian, I haven't tried yours yet... but I definitely will VERY soon!-- I also have a tea budget, or I would spend WAY TOO MUCH on tea! LOL I also have medical problems-- fibromyalgia and arthritis, and I have found Dragonwell to be helpful to me. I drink on average 8-12 16oz cups a day... mixed between green, white, oolong, black, pu-erh, and herbal tisanes)

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