I wasn’t always a tea drinker. I love my morning coffee more than most things. But, growing up we did drink sun tea and I always loved the flavor. As an adult, it’s taken me longer to get into hot tea. But once I did, I realized just how many benefits there are to adding tea into my regimen. So, I wanted to share the most important ways that drinking tea can save you money and boost your health. For an extra added bonus!
1. Tea is Cheaper than Coffee
Let’s face it: the morning cup of Joe can get downright pricey. And that is especially true if you buy your coffee out anywhere. But, even if you are brewing your own coffee in the morning, tea can come in even cheaper. Of course, this will all depend upon which coffee beans you use.
But, overall, when we buy coffee we usually pay around $7.99 for a bag of decent coffee beans. Sometimes, I get lucky and am able to use shopping apps to save even more money. Two of my favorites are Ibotta and Rakuten(formerly eBates). So, I usually check my Ibotta app and comparison shop ahead of time to see if anyone has a better deal on any of the coffee brands we prefer before I purchase.
For the sake of argument though, let’s say that I don’t have any coupons or savings apps I can use. A bag typically gives us 20 servings of coffee. Therefore, a serving runs $.60 before tax.
However, most tea bags run between $.20 – $.60 per bag. This all depends on the type of tea you buy and the quality. The kind we have been purchasing recently runs about $3.99 for a box of 20 bags. This breaks down to about $.30 per serving. Which is half the price of our coffee!
2. Much More Diversity
And here is where tea gets even more interesting. Not only does it usually cost less than coffee, but there is so much more diversity to be had with tea than with coffee. This is due to the inherent nature of tea versus coffee. Almost anything can be made into a tea, which will therefore change the flavor profile.
There are plenty of different tea profiles for the different seasons. Some of the most popular flavor profiles we’ve run across are:
- Blood Orange
Basically, the list is never-ending since leaves, seeds and fruits can be made into tea. I know, for me personally, I prefer more of a cinnamon warming tea with turmeric in the colder months. But, in the warmer months, I prefer more of the pomegranate or blood orange teas. No matter what your preference, it is really easy to switch things up with tea so you never get bored.
And, on top of that, you can switch between hot and cold tea for added diversity. In the colder months, I prefer hot tea. But, once the weather begins to warm up, we usually start making sun tea instead. So, this gives you a chance to get even more creative with your tea versus your coffee.
3. Health Boosting Side Effects of Tea Reduce Medical Interventions
On top of tea costing less and being even more diverse than coffee, it also has some pretty significant health-boosting side effects. Each type of tea touts different health effects, so it’s good to diversify which type of tea you drink for more added benefits.
However, these are the most common types of tea and some of the benefits associated with each type:
- Green tea – protects against cancer, increases skin elasticity, improved brain function, high in antioxidants, helps prevent cell damage, reduces stress levels and can help you lose weight
- Black tea – full of antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, increases heart health, improves the gut microbiome, anti-hyperglycemic and protects against cancer
- Oolong tea – well known for it’s metabolism boosting benefits, but it’s also high in antioxidants, improves sleep, boosts brain function, increases vascularity, improves the gut microbiome and is anti-hyperglycemic
- White tea – protects against osteoporosis, increases skin elasticity, helps protect teeth, anti-hyperglycemic, can help you lose weight, high in antioxidants and can protect against heart disease
- Chamomile tea – anti-hyperglycemic, reduces menstrual cramps, increases ability to sleep, osteoporosis prevention, reduces inflammation, protects against cancer, helps treat cold symptoms and helps with skin conditions
- Herbal tea – high in antioxidants, increases sleep, reduces anxiety, anti-hyperglycemic, reduces inflammation and helps with cold symptoms
Ultimately, by adding in health boosting tea to your daily regimen, you can help reduce medical interventions. And by doing that, you are ultimately saving yourself some potentially costly medical bills. Some good examples of how much you might be saving yourself in medical bills are the following few illnesses tea can prevent and the total mean direct medical care (TMDM) costs associated:
- Heart disease – TMDM costs $18,953 per patient per year
- Cancer – TMDM costs potentially $150,000 (depending upon the type of cancer and the stage)
- Diabetes – TMDM costs $16,752 per patient per year
I don’t know about you, but I am more than happy to drink a cup or two of tea a day to help keep the doctor away!These are some great reasons why drinking tea can help save you money and increase your overall health! Click To Tweet
Drinking Tea Can Save You Money Summary
Since we all love to save money and boost health, it seems clear that drinking tea can help with both. And the top 3 reasons that prove this are:
- Tea is cheaper than coffee in almost every instance
- There is much more diversity with tea than with coffee
- Tea boasts a ton of health boosting side effects that help prevent medical intervention and saves you a ton of money in the long run
Ultimately, drinking tea can save you money and help boost your health if you are willing to add it into your daily regimen. So, the biggest question now is which teas should you try out?
Have you recently added tea into your daily life to help boost health and save you money? If so, which teas are your favorite so far?