Tip Of The Day: My other favorite beverage – tea. Hot or cold, I love locally made Mrs. Kelly’s Tea. Check out their website at http://www.mrskellystea.com/.
Tip For Tomorrow: Have a Merry Christmas. No, I insist. The Cheap Chick will be back with more cheap fabulocity on the 27th. Stay safe and stay cheap, y’all.
Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: One of my many, varied, and weird diet tips is to never drink your calories. The only time I drink calorie-laden beverages is when I drink booze. And as we all know, that’s often enough.
So what do I drink when I’m not getting drunk? Well, there’s my daily injection of coffee (black, 4 cups, yes that does explain why I’m so hyper), water to keep me dewy and young-looking (nope, it’s not working, is it), and tea.
I enjoy tea hot or cold, day or night. My only requirement is that it be Mrs. Kelly’s Tea – the very best tea money can buy. And not a lot of money, at that.
Mrs. Kelly’s Teas start at $7.95 for a 3 ounce tin, which will last you about 6 months. If you buy 3 tins, the price drops to the lovely and cheap price of $6.95+ a tin. KEEP IN MIND: This is loose tea. You’ll need to buy a tea strainer, or learn to chew your tea.
They make over 300 hundred flavors of teas, in black, green, oolong, rooibos and herbal. My two faves are Russian Sweet and Holiday Tea, which they only carry in the winter months. I like to stock up on Holiday Tea, as it makes a great gift for discerning (and shlubby) tea drinkers.
For those of you more health and environmentally conscious than I, they do have organic teas. And, like all things organic, they cost more money. But you get to lord your organic-ness over the rest of us. Which can be enjoyable.
I normally buy Mrs. Kelly’s Tea at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market by the Basilica. You can also find it online at www.mrskellystea.com. Or, if you call first, you can stop by their shop in Nordeast Minneapolis. Their toll-free number is 888-675-7832.
Another cheap tip: buy their tea in bulk – they also sell it in 8 oz. bags. The prices for the 8 oz. bags are $3 to $7 more than the 3 oz. tins (and $11 more for the Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong tea, my favorite tea name EVER), but you get 5 ounces of tea MORE. And as we all know, more is better.
So have a cup of tea! Millions of British folk can't be wrong! It’s got anti-oxidant stuff in it, so it’s good for! Plus, you could probably spike it with booze, if the spirit moves you.