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I switched from coffee to tea last month and am finding it a much more expensive habit. I buy loose tea (mountainroseherbs) b/c bagged is even pricier. Still, though, I'm spending several times as much as I did on coffee - easily four times as much, probably more than that.<br><br>
Is there anything I can "cut" the tea with that won't make it taste awful? I generally drink Irish Breakfast, 2-3 cups a day. If there are leftovers in the pot I chill it for iced tea. But the expense is just too much, and I don't want to go back to coffee.<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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Go down to 1 cup a day and drink more water?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Yes, that would definitely work. I probably should have clarified that I'm trying to drink as much tea more cheaply! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I've never been a coffee drinker, so I can't compare costs. I can tell you how I drink my tea, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I brew two pots a day, usually. I actually use a big ceramic coffee pot rather than a tea pot, because I find the tea pots too small.<br><br>
I use one tea infuser ball filled with loose tea per pot. The pot will usually yield me 5-6 mugs of tea. I pour any leftovers into a refrigerator jar for iced tea.<br><br>
I can usually go about a month using a small canister of herbal/green tea. I think I spend about $5/month on tea. I can buy tea in bulk parcels from my local natural food store and it's quite inexpensive.<br><br>
I used to (and still will from time to time) buy bagged tea from Celestial Seasonings. At current prices, though, I have to limit my use and just treat myself once in a while. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Irish Breakfast is a black tea, right? You can steep most herbal teas for a lot longer than black teas without getting a bitter flavor, yielding more from each bag/ball. You could try cutting your Irish Breakfast with an herbal.<br><br>
I've also found that you can usually steep any tea twice and yield two cups, the second steeping just takes longer.<br><br>
Lastly, the generic versions of crappy Lipton black and green tea are pretty cheap. You could have one "good" cup of tea and then a few crappy ones if you are concerned about quantity. One of my bosses (I work at a coffee shop - he's a total coffee snob) says that even a bad cup of coffee is still a good cup of coffee. Maybe tea is the same way?
 

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Being a Brit who lluuuuuurrrves her tea,i have to say,if you like the Irish tea there is no 'cutting it down etc' you have aquired that tea taste i am afraid<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
i call liptons and such ..cat's [email protected]<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
shop and stop do have a brand called yorkshire tea which is good and not as expensive as the barry's.also look on line and see if you can order it bulk...<br>
I have a rule here,no one come to visit from the UK without a box of tea and a jar of marmite,as long as they come armed with those,they are welcome to stay as long as they want<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I use the cheap stuff. We have a generic brand that is reeeeeelly cheap and I cut my tea drinking down to 2 tea bags a day.<br><br>
For my birthday and Christmas, dh spoils me with a supply of good quality tea and I drink it up in about a week.<br><br>
When we have our debts paid down, I am going right back to the good stuff. I love a good cup of tea.
 

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I don't think it's worth skimping when it comes to tea! When you buy loose tea in bulk and brew it at home it works out to pennies per cup. Of course, organic, fair-trade tea will be more expensive. But I think it's worth spending the extra money because of the fair trade aspect.<br><br>
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I haven't found a way to be frugla with good tea. sorry! But i generally ask for it for gifts if peoplewant ot knwo what i want. Got some real yummy stuf for christmas and it's just about gone... but luckily my birthdya is just around teh corner.. ! LOL! Oh adn there was a tea co-op a whiel back.. YUMMY stuff and prices were pretty good!
 

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Have you checked out ethnic markets? Some Indian grocery stores sell "British type" teas a lot cheaper than speciality stores. They aren't wonderful, but they're definitely a step above Lipton's. I like Red Label <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My advice is to find a cheaper brand that you enjoy. I'm a tea snob when I have the money to be, but my Red Label (and even Lipton's! gasp!) suits me fine when I don't.
 

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Can you be a little more specific with how much money you're currently spending on tea per month? Then we can either come up with suggestions and know that it will actually save you money, or we can reasure you that you're not spending too much and just enjoy it!!<br><br>
Without that information, I'd suggest having one cup of "good tea" per day and then drinking the cheap stuff for your 2nd and 3rd cups, for making into iced tea, etc.
 

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The other piece is how are you brewing your tea? By pot or by cup? I find brewing tea by pot is cheaper. I also have a cast iron tea light holder that I can place under the tea pot and keep my tea hot.<br><br>
We drink <b>a lot</b> of tea! But if I were to drink an equivalent amount of good coffee (similar in price to Starbuck's but it is too darkly roasted for me), the coffee would be more expensive.<br><br>
I find what is expensive is trying different teas. There are many more options then for coffee!
 

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I get my tea from here <a href="http://www.englishteastore.com/" target="_blank">http://www.englishteastore.com/</a> Their prices are great and they give generous samples upon request. I highly recommend Monk's Blend and French blend. Prices for most teas are $3.36 per 4 oz.
 

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I am not a coffee drinker so I cannot comment. But I am addicted to drinking my TEA. I LOVE the "Good" Stuff but I can stomach Lipton if I had too. It has not come down to that yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> There are times when I am with friends in a restaurant and they will bring me Lipton. I would just ask for lots of Honey and lemon to downplay it.<br><br>
I do not know about Frugal but I love Chinese Black Tea. The stronger the better. I have a thing for Ten Ren and White Green Tea. Let me just say they are VERY SPENDY. I will make a pot and I will have it throughout the day. I just warm it up or put it into a Thermos. If I make it by the cup, I cannot seem to finish it at one sitting so I will warm it up later and continue drinking.
 

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Ruthla and ladywolf - Yes, thanks! I usually brew by the pot also. I buy Irish Breakfast for $12/lb and it lasts me about 5-6 weeks.<br><br>
I make it strong; when I use bagged tea I use double the bags per cup. With the loose tea I use about 2 tsps per cup. When I do make it by the cup I reuse it for the second cup but I end up not drinking it b/c by the time it's strong enough it's cold, lol.<br><br>
Also...I drank very strong coffee (1 coffee scoop per <i>cup</i>) and had a TEN cup a day habit. So as much as I'm loving my tea...the strength of the coffee is a tough act to follow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Please keep trying to help me. If I go back to coffee, it's a slippery slope! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Where can I find a cast-iron tea light thingy?<br><br>
Thank you!<br>
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So you're spending less than $10 a month on your fancy tea?<br><br>
Enjoy it and stop worrying about it!
 

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I'm glad to know that that's relatively reasonable. I just didn't think I was transitioning to a more costly habit, that's all. I'm not saying it's not worth it...just that I can't really afford to be spending <i>more</i> money on my hot drink/caffeine habit!<br><br>
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I am a tea drinker, too, but I use tea bags.<br><br>
I like Barry's Irish tea. It's more expensive than Lipton or Red Rose, but it has a more pronounced flavor.<br><br>
Nothing like a cup of strong tea with milk....<br><br><br>
(off to put on the kettle)
 

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Mmm... I love a good, strong cup of Earl Grey in the morning.<br><br>
I usually make the teabag last longer by just pouring more hot water in and letting subsequent cups be more diluted. (Or, if I'm using loose tea, I'll pour more into the little filter I use.)<br><br>
And though tea isn't necessarily cheap, I remind myself that if I weren't drinking tea, I'd be out at "Fourbucks" buying a latte, which I also love! That's my rationalization, anyway.
 

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A good quality loose leaf can be brewed 3 times with each brewing steeping a little longer than the last. In some circles, the first brewing is tossed since the 2nd and 3rd brewings are considered to be the better tasting.
 
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