Several expensive hobbies would go down first before my tea leaf budget took a hit:
no more expensive photo toys,
break down one of my marine aquariums,
no more comics (well, except for Fables, I really LOVE Fables,)
less trips to Powell's bookstore,
fewer music purchases,
...less tea. But really, there are plenty of excellent quality lower cost teas out there. So to me, it would just mean making a less expensive choice, not a poor quality choice.
In my cup:
This is another of my new Adagio samples, the Wuyi Ensemble oolong. I really like it (though not quite as much as yesterday's oolong #40, probably due to the nostalgia factor.) It has a nice mild aftertaste of stone fruit, with the second steep being slightly mellower and nuttier - though I'm afraid my mouth usually just says "YUM!" or "EW!" so that's about as discerning as my descriptions will ever get.
The china is an old Homer Laughlin pattern called "Skytone." It was my first ebay purchase about 10 years ago when you could enter "blue teacup" and get 6 matches.