I spent my last tea coupons.

I was close to finishing my tin of organic Earl Grey, and goodness knows that can’t happen!!! so I got another tin — 3.5 oz. Then, when I was doing my grocery shopping in Whole Foods, I noticed that boxes of Mighty Leaf tea were on sale — I picked up the herbal variety pack of sachets for the evenings when my husband doesn’t want tea but I do (a shame to make a whole pot) — 1.48 oz. Let’s round up — that’s pretty much 6 oz of tea, 3 tea coupons. I had 3.5 left.  We’ll call it.

The good news is that despite the fact that it’s only September and I’m out of coupons, I should have plenty of tea to see me through the rest of the year.  The bad news is that I have to be careful and only drink my most favorite organic Earl once a week at the most for the rest of the year.

In every way, the tea part of this ration project has been the hardest for me. I love tea, and I consider it one of those little affordable luxuries that make each day so much nicer. I love the ritual and fetish of tea making — heating the water to just the right temperature, the interesting pots, beautiful cups, perfect spoons. Raw sugar or local honey, fine cream.  Shutting my eyes for the first sip, so all I do is taste. That being said, tea is something to savor, not collect, and gosh I was amassing a collection! These coming months will be full of much savoring, and no collecting — something I need to repeat to myself when I’m feeling weak and catch myself browsing the sites of my favorite tea purveyors (!)


Clothing: 30 out of 66
Soap: 24 out of 36
Tea: NONE out of 10

image: Cartoon from The New Yorker — of course! 🙂



  1. During the war the personal ration of tea was 2 oz per person/week (or approximately 20 teabags if they had existed then). I would have struggled with that ration several months ago but since detoxing a little from my tea habit I’m getting closer to those levels.

    I hope the Lady Grey teabags help you with eking out of your tea supplies.

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