How many times did you enjoy your favorite cup of tea and after that just binned the leafs?
I learned that with loose leaf tea that is not what you do, most of the teas can hold perfectly a second and even many more steeps giving you the pleasure of sipping that delicious drink over and over again.
Now the price doesn't seem high anymore, does it?
1. You may had heard the proper way to store tea is in a hermetic container, far from spices and such as it absorbs the aroma and you will end up with a cup of tea you will not enjoy. Well, the other face of this coin is... it can absorb bad odors
After you are done using the leaves and that 4th steeping isn't really what you were looking for (by the way, don't throw it away, I will tell you why in a minute) just put the leaves on a plate or tray