We’re in the midst of the holiday season and it’s a time for friends, family and co-workers to gather to linger over a glass of wine.
Knowing the best times to buy wine, beer and spirits can help make your seasons merry and your pocket bright with the jingle of all the money you’ll be saving!
Best and worst days of the week to buy alcohol
Ibotta, the popular mobile shopping app, took a look at the data from 50 million receipts submitted by users and came to this conclusion: Saturdays and Sundays are the most expensive days to buy wine or beer at the store.
When should you buy instead? Try picking up your wine on a Tuesday, or your beer on a Monday, for an average savings of 6% and 9%, respectively.
Where to shop for the best prices
What about the question of where to buy alcohol to get the best prices? Ibotta has some suggestions about that too.
Their research, which was conducted over three years, shows you should skip the liquor store and traditional grocery stores.
But back to the vino for a minute. On average, Ibotta found white wine will run you $9.29 per bottle at Sam’s Club. Walmart, meanwhile, will set you back about $9.31 for the same.
When it comes to red wine, the difference in price is more stark depending on where you shop. Prices for your average bottle of red range from $9.34 at Costco to to $10.64 at Walgreens. That price difference can really add up if you’re buying several bottles for a party.
House merlot sold at Walmart’s U.K. supermarket chain is deemed world’s best!
Speaking of Walmart, when you think of fine wines, you probably don’t think of the nation’s largest retailer. But maybe you should!
Despite its down market reputation, Walmart was just honored with a prestigious wine award that is the envy of every other vintner.
La Moneda Reserva Malbec is a house brand sold by Walmart’s U.K. grocery chain Asda. This tasty merlot sells for the equivalent of around $5.60.
You might think this wine would be a real stinker, but La Moneda Reserva Malbec actually won Platinum Best in Show honors at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Asda’s website says that, ‘This Malbec has a deep purple colour with violet tints, rounded and velvety tannins, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices flavours and excellent length.’
According to London’s Daily Mirror newspaper, the merlot beat out 16,000 other wines in a blind taste test that involved 240 international wine experts!
Judges raved about the taste of “freshly crushed black fruit, creamy vanilla yoghurt and pepper spice,” and they praised its “succulent juicy berries on the palate.”
They also noted the “excellent freshness” with a zing that was “full of energy with a great price point” and called it “an absolute crowd pleaser.”
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