These Two Simple Tricks Will Save You So Much Money On Alcohol

Binging on wine and Netflix with your BFFs is the perfect way to unwind on a Saturday night.

But if your weekend list of errands includes gearing up for a night in by stopping at the liquor store to stock up on a shit ton of chardonnay, I have some bad news for you.

You're making a rookie mistake that could be costing you a lot of money.

Last week, we let you in on how the mobile shopping app Ibotta recently analyzed 50 million receipts from its users and found that the weekends are actually the worst time to shop for your bottles of alcohol because liquor stores tend to jack up their prices on Saturdays and Sundays.

The study found snagging your wine on Tuesday can save you as much as 6 percent on your purchase, and buying beer on a Monday can decrease the price tag on your six-pack as much as 9 percent.

But, it turns out there are two more money-saving tips for people who love drinking wine.

The folks over at Ibotta also discovered that liquor stores might not be the best place to get the most booze for your buck since stores like Walgreens, Walmart, Costco and Sam's Club consistently had the best deals on wine.

If you're boozing on a budget, you'll find the cheapest wine at big box stores like Costco and Walmart, rather than stores like Walgreens, where red wine was typically $1.30 more per bottle.

So yeah, if you're trying to get wine wasted this weekend, you might want to make a mid-week stop at one of these stores.

The second way to save is by opting for one kind of wine. While the price of white wines didn't seem to differ too much between retailers, the study found red wines had greater price disparities between stores.

So, if you don't want to deal with doing the math to figure out how many pennies you're pinching, it may just be best to stick with drinking white wine.

Citations: The Surprising Reason You Shouldn't Buy Wine on the Weekends (Cosmopolitan)