2022: How Much Will You Spend On Tea This Year!?
The tradition continues!
Time to track how much you’re spending on tea each year. You can edit a comment to keep track throughout the year, or make a new comment for each month/purchase – totally up to you! A lot of people set a budget/goal for the year or an amount they’d like to stay under per month. Some folk include teaware purchases or costs that go towards one on one swaps or things like travelling tea boxes, and others don’t. There is no wrong way to set your budget or track what you’re spending!
If you’ve seen past years threads and felt awkward joining in mid year, now is a perfect time to join in – and if you’re seeing this in the future and it’s the middle of the year don’t feel like you can’t start mid way through!
So have fun, and lets track our tea spending!
Also going to cross post this year’s Sipdown Challenge thread as well, as I know that many people’s spending is influenced not just by budget but by sipdowns as well.
My personal breakdown from past years:
2021 – $10399.22
2020 – $7920.87
2019 – $4791.51
2018 – $3929.54
2017 – $3805.50
2016 – $2034.13
2015 – $1998.46
2014 – $1466.61
I started 2021 alright but quickly fell off the rails. Probably the biggest factor for the high spending is that, like in 2020, my tea budget absorbed my underutilized extracurricular budget since I wasn’t doing anything within the city due to the pandemic.
I haven’t done the exact breakdown, but I also think that I spent probably close to half of last year’s spending on teaware alone. In addition to expanding my gongfu teaware collection, I got very into handmade pottery and ended up supporting a great deal of indie ceramics artists or local potters. For that reason, I’m actually going to try to track my teaware and my tea spending separately this year to see what the actual breakdown is between the two!
One of my big goals last year was to do less advents and that was a huge failure because I actually did the most I’ve ever done. However, I felt incredibly burnt out by the end of it and have established a strong hardline on what my MAX capacity of advents is. Ideally, this year I’d like to do five or less – which should reduce some end of year spending.
Overall, I’m going to set my goal for the year as…
Spend no more than $6,000 between both tea and teaware purchases with a max spending cap of $500/month.
This is about a 40% reduction from what I spend this year which is steep, but I also think I spent so much in total that even with the reduction it should still give me lots of flexibility throughout the year.
. . .
January Purchases: $405.57
Volition Tea (Tea): $176.57
Purple Cloud Tea House (Teaware) $229.00
February Purchases: $1013.00
Brian Giniewski (Teaware) $78.00
Gina Gertz (Teaware) $171.00
Bitterleaf Tea (Teaware) $163.00
ETTE (Tea) $601.00
March Purchases: $664.00
White2Tea (Tea) $415.00
Saltstone Ceramics (Teaware) $249.00
April Purchases: $332.30
Bitterleaf Tea (Tea & Teaware) $207.30
Dessert By Deb (Tea) $125.00
May Purchases: $184.61
White2Tea (Tea) $184.61
TEA SPENDING TOTAL: 1588.18
TEAWARE SPENDING TOTAL: $1011.30
GRAND TOTAL: $2599.48
Makes total sense to track them separately to me, I don’t even include my teaware spending at all ha ha.
I don’t want to put an insane amount of pressure on myself to finish off the teas I own – but I do want to focus really hard on not bringing in more teas.
I ended 2021 having spent $1,451.33, which is an improvement over 2020 ($3,570.78).
I’m finding myself a bit stressed and overwhelmed by my collection at the moment. I’m moreso trying more to get through things than focusing on enjoying them, so my goal is to just generally cut down on my tea spending and enjoy what I already have. I’m aiming to just spend less than 2021, but ideally under $1000.
Doing pretty well so far!:
Mountain Stream Teas- $34.75
Yunnan Sourcing- $85.22
Petals and Poison- $76.66
Silk Tea Co- $45
As much as it’s impossible, my goal for 2022 spending is YET AGAIN $0. Too much tea!
2019 total: $200
2020 total: $195.57
2021 total: $57.20
2022 total: $0
Aw but you did so well last year! $57 is basically $0 compared to everyone else’s spending habits, ha ha…
That is really impressive! Zero should really be my goal too, but I’ve already blown that. I’m officially out of cupboard space.
I’ve been convinced to join Steepster! My goal this year is to spend as little money on new tea and teaware as I can outside of my tea subscriptions and count down/advent calendars. I’ll be doing a sipdown/no buy on and off all year. I spent way too much last year!
January total: $212.35
-Sipsby subscription $15
-White2Tea subscription $29.99
-Sipsby feb subscription $15
-Teathoughts (teaware) $71.37
-Adagio Teas $51
-White2Tea Feb subscription $29.99
February total: $153.11
-Adagio Teas $67
-Tea Thoughts Spring Countdown $56.12
-White2Tea March Subscription $29.99
March total: $191.40
-Adagio Teas $73
-Davids Tea $49.69
-Tea Thoughts (tea adjacent) $38.72
- White2Tea April Subscription $29.99
April total: $407.41
-Adagio Teas $102
-Davids Tea $165.42
-Adagio Teas $110
-White2Tea May Subscription $29.99
I don’t even know what my buying/restraining goals are for this year. I did the spreadsheet I wanted to do for last year. I’ve been using tea buying as therapy of sorts when I’m feeling super down and there has been a lot to be down about. It gives me something new to look forward to which might be why I spent more in 2021 then any other year I’ve tracked it.
Jan Total: $187.55
$121.11 Mariage Freres
14.11 Tea Smith
$7 Harney’s impulse buy. I don’t even like Harneys. :/
March $33.90 including shipping on David’s Tea
Thanks for starting this thread Roswell, and for linking to the old ones! I haven’t done this in a few years but I think it would be helpful to try again – last year got kind of out of control, especially as I was stress-buying tea towards the end of the year. I also like Ros’s idea of distinguishing teaware purchases, since we don’t really have any space left for teaware and technically have a soft ban on it.
Previous years’ spending
mid-2017: $581.12 (stopped tracking halfway through the year)
The goal is not to spend over $750, and ideally to stay under $500
I’d also like to not purchase more than 5 new pieces of teaware (including teaware that comes packaged with tea, in countdown boxes, etc.) and work on clearing out teaware I don’t like/don’t use.
Ugh I only made it four days into the new year before cracking and making some small purchases: a sample tin of a custom blend from Adagio and some bubble tea ice cream which I’m conveniently counting as a grocery expense. Nothing big or fancy but it satisfied the “must buy tea” endorphin trigger. So now I’m aiming for a low-spend January rather than a no-spend January. Whoops.
Rù Tea: $10.50
Volition Tea Tiger Box: $74.15
Te Company: $9.00
Tea Thoughts Countdown Box: $55.20
Tea Thoughts (teaware): $33.53
Last year was my first to track my tea spending, and I’ve apparently been spending much more than I’d realized! If I were to set a goal this year, I’d say I would probably like to keep it under $1,000. The less the better though, until I can drink through a bunch of my older teas.
2021 Total: 1,004.25 USD
Whispering Pines: 32.00
Cedar Hill Homestead: 36.00
The Spice & Tea Exchange: 12.78
April: 217.98 (Mostly decaf blends)
Zest Tea: 17.94
Mark T. Wendell: 38.65
Harney & Sons: 22.42
Friendship Organics: 10.99
Satori Teas: 41.00
Plum Deluxe: 66.50
Tiesta Tea: 6.40
The Spice & Tea Exchange: 12.78
2022 Total: 411.92 USD
I’m happy with how last year turned out; I set a goal that I wanted spending to be “around where it was back in 2019” and managed to come in a little lower. Since I’m still working on sipdowns for 2018 tea, I want to continue to stay in that “no more than $500 for the year” range.
Past few years have shaped up as follows:
2022: 343.84 USD 432.54 CAD
2020: 387.45 USD; 683.35 CAD
2019: 288.89 USD; 120.33 CAD *mat leave
2018: 179.08 USD; 34.89 CAD *pregnant
2017: 317.27 USD 268.58 CAD
2016: 170.69 USD 170.21 CAD
2015: 1075.10 USD 206.21 CAD *paris trip
2014: 1320.42 USD 320.18 CAD
Because my cupboard is heavily under control now – my spending is generally under control as well. I’m back at work now, though I suspect with covid continuation my spending this year will be similar to last year or less. We’ll see though.
52 Teas – 189.09 (less variatea’s)
Tea Runners – 62.44 CAD
Tealyra – 70.26 CAD
Camellia Sinesis – 68.85 CAD
Total: 390.64 CAD; 171.53 USD
Think I’ll jump in for 2022 as well.
2021 Total – $329.44 USD
I’m not really looking to put a limit on my spending so much as just making sure I am aware of what I am spending.
Davids Tea – $51.10
2022 Total – TBD