2023: 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!
2018 – https://steepster.com/discuss/20676-2018-how-much-will-you-spend-on-tea-this-year
2017 – https://steepster.com/discuss/14961-2017-how-much-will-you-spend-on-tea-this-year
2016 – https://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
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:
2022 – $9466.96
2021 – $10399.22
2020 – $7920.87
2019 – $4791.51
2018 – $3929.54
2017 – $3805.50
2016 – $2034.13
2015 – $1998.46
2014 – $1466.61
Last year was the first year where I successfully spent less money than a previous year, so even though I was over budget I’m considering it a successful year!
I also tracked tea and teaware spending independently for each other.It was actually closer to 50/50 than expected. Seeing that was really helpful, so I’m continuing that tracking method this year as well.
Realistically, I’m in a priviledged enough spot that a lack of funds hasn’t really been my issue for a few years now. The real challenge is getting to be a lack of space! So, with that in mind, I think my goals for the year are:
1. Spend less overall than what I did in 2022 (Loose Target = Under $8K)
2. Buy less tea/teaware overall in terms of QUANTITY!
A big part of that is going to be breaking the habit of buying full cakes of tea instead of samples – I started doing that in early 2022 and it helped, but I dropped off near the end of the year. Gonna try and stick with it this time!
January Purchases: $1283.71
Volition Tea (Tea + Teaware) $185.37
T2 (Tea + Teaware) $120.00
Club Magic Hour (Tea) $266.00
Almost Tea (Tea) $80.00
Genuine Tea (Tea) $12.00
Mika (Teaware) $17.00
Amani Tea (Tea + Teaware) $25.00
Zhen Tea (Tea) $67.00
Hokusan (Teaware) $65.00
Momo Tea (Tea) $30.00
TCM Six (Tea + Teaware) $100.00
Cha Gloriette (Tea) $106.00
Secret Tea Time (Teaware) $45.00
Lemon Lily (Tea) $20.00
Soocha Tea (Tea + Teaware) $92.34
Tea Rebellion (Tea) $13.00
The Tea Practitioner (Tea) $20.00
Tao Tea Leaf (Tea) $10.00
Relaxing Rocco (Tea) $10.00
February Purchases: $181.60
Almost Tea (Tea) $26.60
Trader Nick’s (Tea) $155.00
March Purchases: $560.00
Bread & Badger (Teaware) $230.00
White2Tea (Tea) $330.00
TEA SPENDING TOTAL: $1535.31
TEAWARE SPENDING TOTAL: $490.00
GRAND TOTAL: $2025.31
Just making a note for myself that my Volition Purchase was for the Lunar New Year box – which contains tea, teaware, and food items. However, because there’s no way to see the individual value of each item and the cake of pu’erh is the ‘highest value’ I’m only listing it under my tea spending total.
Between T2’s US closure and going to Toronto Tea Festival, I ended up WAYYYYY over budget for January – so I’m setting myself a goal of buying NOTHING until end of February at the earliest.
2019 total: $200
2020 total: $195.57
2021 total: $57.20
2022 total: $86.25
2023 total: $4.99
Aiming for a $0 2023! Sorry, tea shops!
$4.99 Throat Coat (for Gram)
No limit again this year, just want to make sure I am tracking.
2021 total – $329.44
2022 total – $443.88 (+ gift cards – $190.75)
Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr – None
2019 total $383.53
2020 total $528.07
2021 total $449.05
2022 total $590.98
2023 TOTAL $388.52
$129.27 Mountain Stream ($90.10 USD, 19-March)
$79.20 Camellia Sinensis (23-March)
$101.87 Mountain Stream ($73.00 USD, 15-April)
$78.18 Mountain Stream ($56.30 USD, 8-May)
2022 total: $354
2023: $0 on tea so far but spent $21 for a Hagi ware teacup at a Japanese shop while visiting LA last week
Other than replenishing my fresh greens and oolongs, I plan to drink down my cupboard so overall spending should be similar to or a little less than last year.
I don’t have a specific goal this year, aside from maybe planning to spend less than last year.
2021 Total: $1,004.25 USD
2022 Total: $728.27 USD
Mighty Leaf Tea: $18.63
Shipping for Steepster Swap/Buy: $14.47
2023 Total: $99.35 USD
Quite an improvement in 2022! My goal is to stay under $500 this year.
I’ve never tracked my tea purchases and am not a big spender, but I’m interested to start tracking this year! I’m not including the price of shipping for swaps, etc.
52Teas [subscription]: $22
52Teas [subscription]: $22
Fairhope (Alabama teas from Skysamurai): $8
52Teas [subscription]: $20
Mountain Stream Teas: $34
52Teas [subscription]: $23
2023 total: $161.50 USD
Wow, I did good in 2022! 2023 here we go!
Fortnum & Mason 14.95 pounds, so $18.25
Casa Pereira Da Conceicao 31.60 euro, so $34.19
Arthur Dove $58.22
Yunomi Life $11
Cha Ginza $12
Azuma Tea $13
May: Lupicia $75.25
Thanks for starting this thread Roswell, and for linking to the old ones! I really need to get better about my spending this year, and stop buying teaware. There is literally no space left to put the tea, new stuff is just living on the table because I’m out of room!
Previous years’ spending
mid-2017: $581.12 (stopped tracking halfway through the year)
2022: need to calculate
Well, I made it six days longer into this year than last year before making a purchase, but the T2 closing sale got me!
T2: $98 ($32 tea/$32 candles/$34 teaware)
DavidsTea: $19.61 ($13.61 tea/$6 lip butter)
T2: $42.50 (all tea)
TeaThoughts: $47.80 ($7.80 teaware/$40 Galentine’s Day box)
Tealeaves: $18.95 (tea)
Tea Thoughts: $36.74 (spring countdown box)
52teas: $17.75 (tea)
Tea Thoughts: $9 (tea)
Taiwan trip: $836.32 ($573.54 tea/ $262.78 teaware)
Yunomi: $115.56 (tea)
Lupicia: $59.08 (tea)
I’m having similar space issues, especially with teaware lol… :|
I might actually have to prune my teaware collection a little, I just don’t know what to do with it… maybe put it on the swap page?
If you’re a Reddit user, you can try putting them on r/Teaexchange.
I’m also getting ready to destash my teaware collection. There are quite a few pieces that, to quote Marie Kondo, just don’t spark joy anymore lol.
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