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Why you don’t want to buy wine this weekend — or any other weekend!


By Theo Thimou,

As the weekend rolls around, do you get a taste for a glass of wine or a bottle of beer? Better watch your wallet! Those are the most expensive days of the week to buy your favorite libations at the store. You might want to consider buying on these days instead…

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.

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. Instead, try Costco, Sam’s Club, Walgreens or Walmart if you’re a wine drinker. Meanwhile, if brews are more your style, head to Kroger, Target or Walmart.

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 at the latter retailer.

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 $6.20.

You might think this vino would be a real stinker, but La Moneda Reserva Malbec actually won Platinum Best in Show honors at theDecanter 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.”

Now for the bad news: Even though Asda will sell you the wine direct from their website, they’re all sold out right now. So keep checking back!

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