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JenniferW

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We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:09:53 AM »
I was inspired by the other thread where beekeeper gave up coffee:
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/gave-up-coffee/

I realize this isn't for everyone, but for us it was a great idea because we were simply abusing coffee, drinking it all day and not feeling that great from it either -- side effects.

We were spending about $80 per month on coffee, mainly due to the cream & stevia we used.   The two of us each drank about 4 large mugs per day.

Now we switched to PG Tips black tea (imported from England) and well you can get 480 bags of it for $21 off Amazon.com.     We each drink 2 cups per day at 4.3 cents per bag.  It comes to about $5 per month between us.  About $75 per month less than coffee.

https://www.amazon.com/PG-Tips-Black-Pyramid-240-Count/dp/B001EQ5JLE

We feel great too.. we still get that caffeine withdrawel.. but much more subtle now and the tea gives us our fix.

More about PG Tips:  I learned about this from a friend of mine who is a chef in England.  He said it's the favored tea there and I can see why.  I compared the flavor to Twinings and well I like it much better as well.  He also gave me a recipe for making the perfect mug of black tea, which I'd like to share here -- try it sometime, absolutely no bitterness!  :

1) boil enough water to fill your mug twice.
2) fill empty mug with boiling water and let rest 30 seconds or so.
3) empty out that mug into the sink -- the mug is now very hot and won't suck the heat from the new water poured in.
4) put a tea bag into the empty mug.
5) fill with rapidly boiling hot water
6) count to 30 seconds .. dunking bag maybe three times along the way.
7) fish out with spoon or fork and discard
8) let cool to a safe comfortable drinking temperature -- it's very hot be careful!

Regarding the above process, the whole idea of brewing black tea is to do it as fast as possible as hot as possible and this achieves that.   The longer it brews the more bitterness which comes out.  This method makes perfect tea for us every time.. nice and sweet with no bitterness at all.

EDIT: we ran out of PG Tips yesterday and bought some Lipton tea bags as a temporary fix and well I wish we didn't.. it tastes so nasty compared to PG Tips!  Gonna order the 480 bags of PG Tips from Amazon for $21 now.. glad I found it there as affordable solution to, imo, the best tasting tea.

EDIT #2: If one could drink coffee black, it would be much more affordable as most of the expense for us was the cashew milk, heavy cream & liquid stevia drops we used -- it was about $60 per month for those alone, not including the coffee.  Unfortunately, we couldn't drink the coffee black.  However, we prefer our tea plain, so this is the main reason it works out well for us.
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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 01:43:42 AM »
For us, leaf tea brewed in a tea pot is significantly cheaper and better tasting than teabags.

JenniferW

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 01:46:54 AM »
For us, leaf tea brewed in a tea pot is significantly cheaper and better tasting than teabags.

Could you give me a source where I could buy and try your tea?

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 09:57:59 AM »
For us, leaf tea brewed in a tea pot is significantly cheaper and better tasting than teabags.
Could you give me a source where I could buy and try your tea?
I'm not the original poster, but I also drink loose leaf tea.  I buy loose leaf tea from ethnic grocery stores.  Right now, I'm drinking a genmai-cha from a Japanese grocery store (200g for ~ $3). 

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 12:34:56 AM »
I am in NZ, and leaf tea is sold in all the supermarkets. The unfancy brands are around NZ$4  for 250 gm. A packet lasts us about 2 -3 weeks, having around 4 cups a day.
Different brands have slightly different strengths and flavour, but all taste much better than teabags to me!

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 06:30:30 AM »
Yeah I'm definitely going to have to try some loose leaf tea. Thank you.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 11:14:13 AM »
For us, leaf tea brewed in a tea pot is significantly cheaper and better tasting than teabags.

once you go loose leaf there is no going back.
great for throwing on your plants when you're done, too

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 05:22:14 PM »
I am tea lover and also recommend loose tea. I use Davidson's English Breakfast, which I order off of Amazon. A bag lasts me several months -- but I only drink one cup in the morning. If I have a second cup, I simply re-use the same tea leaves and let it steep longer.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 06:06:03 PM »
Instant coffee is only 6 cents a cup if you get it on sale. I love my Nescafe. I drink it black

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2018, 08:43:01 AM »
I spend alot of money on coffee as well and I am considering giving it up , mostly to decrease my caffiene intake and save some money . I can drink 4 cups or more myself a day. I have been weaning down and  had only one cup of tea yesterday. I think I may try the origon posters recipe the bitterness of tea turns me off, and I was told by an English woman that a propper cup of Tea is quick brewed. Thanks.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2018, 01:00:48 PM »
I was inspired by this and made a cup of tea instead of coffee this morning.

(used the heat-up-the-mug method, thanks for reminding me of it!)

I have heaps of teabags/loose-leaf that would be great to use before buying more coffee beans..or at least drinking tea 3-4 times/week and coffee once or twice.
New personal micro-challenge

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2018, 01:26:24 PM »
Instant coffee is only 6 cents a cup if you get it on sale. I love my Nescafe. I drink it black

If I could drink it black, it would be totally affordable.  Problem is we always like cream (or cashew milk) in it along with stevia.  Big bottle of stevia drops is like $20 and lasts a month.   The cashew milk.. we were going through three of those per week at $3.00 per half gallon.  Now we just drink water and tea, nothing else really.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2018, 01:36:44 PM »
Tea is really good for you too!   

Have you tried green tea?  I use matcha green tea (which is a powdered green tea) and you get added nutrition because you are drinking the whole thing (i.e., not throwing the leafs away like regular tea).

fyi, you can make a cup of tea easily in the microwave too.  Then you won't have to be using so much energy to boil water and dumping half of it like you are talking about with your method.  Your mug will warm up along with the water.  In my microwave water will boil in 1-2 minutes depending on size of the mug.  You can add the tea bag before or after microwaving, I do it before so that it's steeping while warming up.  I do this with matcha tea too. 

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2018, 01:40:01 PM »
We spend sixteen dollars a month on coffee beans, cream and sugar in the raw (cane sugar) - or ice cream (chocolate or vanilla or coconut or espresso or caramel ice cream) - instead of cream and sugar.
Total about $20 - I drink half a carafe in the morning and we drink a full carafe on the weekends.

Just saw a post on here about roasting your own green coffee beans in an air popcorn maker. Brilliant, I bet that would decrease the cost and increase the flavor.
(We buy the beans when it is BOGO and use $2-$3.00 off coupons).
Trying to wean myself from all the extras in the coffee, but I still need a half a teaspoon of sugar and a little milk or way too much ice cream:)

I like tea just as much, but prefer coffee in the morning. I like all sorts of teas - black, jasmine, dragon, British, Chinese teas and I make my own herbal teas.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2018, 01:40:06 PM »
Instant coffee is only 6 cents a cup if you get it on sale. I love my Nescafe. I drink it black

If I could drink it black, it would be totally affordable.  Problem is we always like cream (or cashew milk) in it along with stevia.  Big bottle of stevia drops is like $20 and lasts a month.   The cashew milk.. we were going through three of those per week at $3.00 per half gallon.  Now we just drink water and tea, nothing else really.
You could also try butter or coconut oil in your coffee.  Not sure if that would be cost savings or not  anyway.  Plus you still prefer sweet...so the stevia cost remains.

I've converted to (2) cups of decafe a day...both provided gratis from my employer.

Caffeine never affected me one way or another...it was always about taste for me.

Granted I think decafe doesn't taste as good...but it still tastes good enough.

I also like the flavor of tea, but not nearly as much as coffee.  In the end I'm OK with paying more for something I enjoy more.

If tea is equal to coffee to someone...makes sense to save the cash and go with it.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2018, 01:47:21 PM »
I buy loose leaf tea at the local Halal market. It's about $4 for 500g of the good stuff. I will use that to mix up tea blends; for example I really like Twinning's Lady Grey but couldn't stomach the cost per bag (or the packaging, frankly), so I figured out that it's essentially a blend of plain black tea, Earl Grey, dried lavender flowers and dried orange peel, and experimented until I liked it.

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Re: We switched from Coffee to Tea -- saving about $75 per month.
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2018, 04:13:56 PM »

I take my own coffee to use in my personal coffee maker at work, but I use the free cream and sweetener from work, so it's pretty low cost overall.

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I can relate to this post. I used to drink coffee from morning to night, but my body feels so much better now that I drink coffee in the morning and tea at night.