Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Small Saving Goes a Long Way

I'm an iced tea nut!  I love iced tea.  I start drinking it mid morning (after my two cups of coffee) and drink it all the way up till bedtime.  On average, I drink a gallon of iced tea a day.  I fully realize that information will give the caffeine police a coronary.  Chill. I've tried decaf.  It is expensive and taste like crap.  Not that I've tasted... well, you get the point.

For the last 6 or 7 years I've been drinking 'Cold Brew' by Lipton.  I like it.  It tastes good.  It's easy.  I'm lazy.  A perfect relationship.  Until recently.

As some of you know, B and I have tightened the purse strings in order to save money to buy a farm. For those in the dark, you can read about it in earlier posts

Like most people, one of the areas we are playing with is, groceries.  Since we've become debt free, we've been rather extravagent with our food spending.  So, for a while, we are cutting back.  Anyway, I noticed that Wal Mart "Great Value" tea bags were a whole dollar less than the "Cold Brew" tea bags.  Plus there were two more bags in the box.  I use a box a week.  Right off the bat, by being willing to boil the water, I'm saving $52 dollars a year.  But it gets even better.  After one pitcher, I discovered that I only need to use one bag of the "Great Value" tea versus two of the "Cold Brew".  that's an additional savings of $52.  That's over $100 per year with one small adjustment.  I find that very motivating.