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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?

perplexedpirate Sat 10-Aug-13 19:56:45

You are going to get flamed for drinking whilst skint hmm but 'budget' and 'wine' are two of my favourite words so I'm place marking in anticipation.

littlemissnormal Sat 10-Aug-13 20:01:02

Lidl do a lovely Rioja and rosé.

Plus their Pimms knock off which is called Jeeves is only £5.99 a litre and you can't tell the difference.

TinyDiamond Sat 10-Aug-13 23:42:33

aldi wine is very drinkable! Do you drink red?

thistlelicker Sat 10-Aug-13 23:45:32

What about the 3 for a tenner offer Whn it's on?

specialsubject Sun 11-Aug-13 16:39:55

Aldi do what I'm told is an excellent red for £3.10 (don't drink the stuff myself). Also the investment in the kit to make your own really pays off: Wilkinson do a 30 bottle kit for £37.

Sconset Sun 11-Aug-13 16:44:53

Wine is not a necessity- you need to address your priorities!
Not flaming, but really? hmm

Talkinpeace Sun 11-Aug-13 19:38:01

choose which nights you are drinking and justify why.
as water is MUCH better for you several nights a week
and reduces your alcohol tolerance
Lidl wines are good

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

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

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

It's about £3.80 a bottle I think.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

countrymummy13 Wed 14-Aug-13 17:32:43 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.

countrymummy13 Wed 14-Aug-13 17:34:46
PoshPaula Wed 14-Aug-13 17:44:35

Wine IS an essential.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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).

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.

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?!

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

gruffalump ... tell us your brewing tips!

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>

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.

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.

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

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