Save Some Cents: Bulk Tea

Writing about buying herbs in bulk reminded me of a price comparison I once made: bagged tea versus bulk tea. There is a brand of tea known as "Traditional Medicinals." Our kids ask for their "Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat" when they have colds. They have one tea called "Raspberry Leaf." The only ingredient is raspberry leaf. At the store where I usually buy herbs in bulk, this box of 16 tea bags sells for $5.25. That is 33 cents per "serving."

Raspberry leaves may be purchased in bulk from the same store. You scoop out how much you want into a little zip-top bag. It is sold for $21.19 per pound or $1.32 per ounce.

We need to do some math to be able to make a good comparison. I'll spare you the nitty-gritty. I think I worked it out correctly. I used the net weight of the box of tea divided by the number of tea bags to calculate the serving size. Oops, spilled some gritty.

Raspberry Leaf
Traditional Medicinals
Price per ounce
Price per pound
Price per serving

So, buying raspberry leaf tea in the bags in a box, in this case, costs 470% more per serving.  Now, if you buy the box of tea from luckyvitamin, it's only 329% more. On the other hand, if you take your own zip-top baggie, this health food store will take 5 cents off your purchase. And, if you take your own grocery bag, they will take off another 10 cents. Combine those, and you have 2.14 free cups of tea.

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite places to purchase bulk tea. In the summer, I love to brew their "Firefly Chai" in the sun. I brew it double strength, cool it, then cut it with ice and goat milk. Yum. Other favorites are Vanilla Rooibos and Lapsang Souchong.


  1. You lost me at 'net weight'.......I'm going to have to try the Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat.
    Thanks for the good information.


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