Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. Free legal advice is available from a Citizen's Advice Bureau, and the Law Society can supply a list of local solicitors.

calling all drinkers...Money saving budget tips---For wine!

(33 Posts)
bumbleandbumble Sat 10-Aug-13 19:53:08

We are in a financial mess at the moment and I am really trying to cut back spending. No more clothes, no more holidays, no more eating out, budget everything food shopping wise...

My problem is that even when I am staying in, I still would like a bottle of wine. Where is the cheapest yet good quality wine? Is there an online place that has good deals?

Sainsbury's House wines are only £4.50 and there are loads to choose from. Gorgeous too! :-)

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 10-Sep-13 12:39:32

If your wine really is confined to being a Friday night luxury I say 'don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar'.... buy small amounts of decent stuff (there are plenty of special offers in the £7 - £10 range), sip it slowly and appreciate it, rather than wasting your money.

CremeEggThief Mon 09-Sep-13 21:17:33

Quite enjoying the retro vibe of drinking Muscadet at the moment. £4.49 a bottle from Tesco- my weekend treat smile.

CelticPromise Tue 03-Sep-13 20:52:49

I like Naked wines but it's not cheap.

My top tip is to buy when the shops have their buy six get 25% off deals. Sainsbury's has something decent on offer at about a fiver usually, buy six and you get it for under four quid. Also, M&S own brand Italian white, red and rose are each about £6.50 but they are 1ltr bottles so very good value with 25% off.

wine <hic>

Notmadeofrib Tue 03-Sep-13 20:42:27

gruffalump ... tell us your brewing tips!

Snoopytwist Mon 02-Sep-13 21:48:16

Add ice cubes to your glass of white - it makes it go further and is still drinkable...

Also, if you've got any cassis, buy a bottle of cheap white and put a little cassis in it - transforms harsh white into gluggable rose! Hmm - wonder if it would work with ribena?!

myalias Wed 28-Aug-13 11:59:56

The boxes are good value and hold 2.25 litres equivalent of 3 bottles or 300 litres 4 bottles range from £13 - £18. The reds can last up to 3 - 4 weeks once opened.

PedantMarina Wed 28-Aug-13 11:55:01

I'm an Aldi Baron St Jean fan myself - £2.99/bottle. The stuff they have for less (£2.49?) is not only low-power but just too fruity and sweet, IMHO.

And, general tip: Even the nastiest red wine improves with opening and decanting/breathing for a bit before consuming (I've heard a rumour that some people can wait for a few minutes before scoffing the lot).

Gruffalump Wed 28-Aug-13 11:43:18

Make your own! Can work out as cheap as £1 per bottle. We do it most of the time now, saves us a fortune. Only problem is the temptation to drink more! smile

countrymummy13 that site looks really good. I have just signed up to get my £60 off grin. Will look into their 'Angels' scheme tomorrow

ivykaty44 Thu 22-Aug-13 20:49:12

If you know anyone coming back from france - I got a 10ltr box for 18 euros a decent red, it was on offer. They usually have something on offer.

Catkinsthecatinthehat Thu 22-Aug-13 00:16:00

The Co-op do really nice boxes of fairtrade red and white. The red is particularly good, a Cab Sauv/Merlot blend. Works out about £4 per bottle equivalent. Lasts several weeks once opened apparently

beepoff Wed 21-Aug-13 21:38:25

Aldi toro loco is the only sub-£4 red I've found that's good.

Some of the Tesco Simply reds are good too, the Malbec and Garnacha. Prosecco too.

I recommend buying some small wine glasses. This way I can have a few glasses a night and a bottle lasts 3 "sessions". Psychologically it works for me.

HappyJoyful Fri 16-Aug-13 11:18:28

Quite a few corner shops or small convenience shops do 2 bottles for a fiver - majority of people I know consider them drinkable wines..

Sainsburys do a basic red and a basic white.. again seem drinkable.

I consider wine essential too - have to have a few 'pleasures' in life when living on a sodding tight budget!

superduperwuper Fri 16-Aug-13 11:15:33

Aldi / Lidl is the way to go ; )

If you are not that fussy have you considered homebrewing? - you can get the kit at car boot and it works out very cheap - we are currently getting beer for 60p a pint! First batch was dodgy but its very nice now. I know wine is different but you can use things you have "forraged" to make it as well e.g. blackberries / nettles.

PoshPaula Wed 14-Aug-13 17:44:35

Wine IS an essential.

countrymummy13 Wed 14-Aug-13 17:34:46
countrymummy13 Wed 14-Aug-13 17:32:43

www.nakedwines.com have a good scheme where by you pay in to your 'wine account' every month and that gives you an auto 25% off everything.

They're good wines too - hand-made small producer stuff.

If you google you should be able to find a good intro voucher too.

perplexedpirate Mon 12-Aug-13 21:29:37

Heh! Told ya!
I'm having a reet boozy do on Saturday and you guys are stars. smile

countingmyblessings Mon 12-Aug-13 17:43:02

Arniston Bay Red South African cask wine 3 litre works out to £3.75 per bottle. Don't knock it before you try it. It is superb imo.
Tesco French red or white is also top notch at £4 per bottle.

Aldi Vina de Cana (can't do the accent marks) is about a fiver and tastes like it costs fifteen quid.

bumbleandbumble Mon 12-Aug-13 11:22:13

thanks. will see what I can find.

of course I knew someone would come on here and start yelling at me. listen when you deal with toddlers all day long with no help...well a glass of wine on friday night is pretty much necessary for me.

go on and judge me I dont caresmile

TinyDiamond Mon 12-Aug-13 00:28:16

yes ruby! toro loco, been drinking it tonight. very good

Ruby1080 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:47:42

It's about £3.80 a bottle I think.

Ruby1080 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:47:06

Aldi's Toro Loco Tempranillo is nice if you like red.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now