6 Ways To Save On Wine

My wife has really gotten interested in drinking wine over the past couple of years.  She never really found her ‘drink of choice.  But, once she started sampling various wines, she realized that she really enjoys wine over other types of alcohol.  Over time she’s found wines that she truly enjoys.  She favors dry white wines and certain types of red.  She mb-2015-05-winedoes not care for sweeter wines and while she may, she doesn’t have a deep appreciation for many of the drier reds. Maybe some day!

I enjoy the occasional glass, but my drink of choice is a whiskey and cola, and that’s a good pairing for any meal where my wife chooses wine.

With her new appreciation for wine, it’s been obvious that wine drinking can be a very expensive habit if you let it, but that there are ways to save money and still appreciate the various wines.

Buy In Bulk

Many stores or wineries will offer you a discount if you but a certain number of bottles, often around 10%.  If you buy twelve bottles, this often works out to nearly a free bottle, and they don’t make you buy all of the same kind, so mixing and matching is fine.

Find Half Off Wine Nights at Nearby Restaurants

There are times when a nice bottle of wine shared at a dinner out just hits the spot, but restaurants often mark up wines at outrageous percentages.  Still, many restaurants will offer half off bottles on certain nights of the week.  This illustrates just how much margin is built in!

Don’t Assume Cheap Price Tags Mean Bad Wine

One of our favorite bottles of wine comes from Aldi, and it’s priced at $2.89 per bottle.  They sell other types for $5 or $6 and they’re all pretty good.  They taste fine and they don’t leave you feeling ‘bad’ like many cheap wines do.  Though some cheap wines taste awful, we’ve also found more expensive wines that we don’t like.  Don’t be afraid to try a lower priced wine, because many people can still find wines that they enjoy at a lower price point.

Ask Around

Chances are you know people that enjoy wine and once you start talking about it, you’ll find someone that shares your tastes.  With all the different varieties of wine that exist, you’ll learn something new from each wine drinker, and that can definitely include finding wines you might enjoy at a price that won’t break your wallet.

Look For Sales

Many grocery stores will have wines on sale.  Here in Michigan, the price of liquor can’t go below a certain amount for each type and size.  Good news, though!  There are no such restrictions on wine.  If you see a sale price on a type of wine you like, don’t be afraid to give it a try.

Keep A List of What You Like and Don’t Like

There are so many wines, aren’t there?  This makes it easy to forget what you’ve had in the past. When you find something you like, make note of it, as well as what you paid for it.  Keep a similar list for wines you’d prefer to avoid.  While you might easily remember your absolute favorites, there are many that you could potentially forget the details of over time.

Wine can be a wonderful thing to enjoy, and can be done so in an affordable way.   Enjoy your wine, in moderation of course.  Let me know your favorites and not so favorites.  And, of course I’m always interested how you do so frugally.

9 thoughts on “6 Ways To Save On Wine”

  1. Trader Joe’s has great wines, too, if you have one nearby. One of my favorite things about wine (over beer, which we also drink) is that you can stock up on good varieties when you find a good deal. I’ve tried to find a boxed wine I like, because there are so many good things to say about them, such as less of an environmental impact (glass takes more energy to ship) and they theoretically keep forever (the bag minimizes air contact), but I haven’t found a great one yet.

  2. I always research on the cheapest but good wines on the Internet before buying it at the market. I agree with you that there are good wines out there we just have to keep looking, Moneybeagle. I am gonna get a bottle of wine from Aldi. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I think your tip around “Don’t Assume Cheap Price Tags Mean Bad Wine” is a great one. I haven’t really developed a taste for wine yet, but I have read dozens of articles that point out that experts cannot even really tell the difference between some $8 wines and some $80 wines!

  4. My local liquor store has a wine club that saves us 10% off all wine, AND makes us eligible for special “members only” wine sales. Of course, I’ll be checking to see if the same wine is available at Costco first, but the liquor store has much bigger selection so the liquor store will still get some of our business.

    • Awesome. Hopefully you get a good deal on some old favorites and find some new favorites as well. I’ve found that with wine, that’s the best mix you can hope for!

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