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Re: Cheap, Quality Wine for the Holidays?

A.J. Young Jr ·
I'm not a super big wine drinker. However, my wife most certainly is. I'll be following this topic, but I do have a question. What would be a good sweet wine on the cheap? She loves it sweet!
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Cheap, Quality Wine for the Holidays?

Will S. ·
I'm sure many of us plan to attend a few get-togethers during the holidays. And a holiday party usually pairs pretty nicely with a bottle of wine, both as a gift and as something enjoyed by guests. The Penny Hoarder has guides featuring quality bottles of red wine under $12 and white wine under $10 . With that in mind, what are your go-to budget-friendly wines that still taste great? I'll start: Willm Blanc ($12-$15) is a great-tasting, budget-friendly alternative to champagnes like Moet.
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Adrienne Washington ·
Cupcake has a great Proseco that you can find at your local grocery store for about $11. I enjoy any of the McBride Sister (Black Girl Magic) wines as well. The red blend is nice and not too sweet. They average between $11-12 as well. If I'm getting a case of variety, my go-to place is either Total Wine and More or Costco. They have a wide variety and will match between a $6-30 price point. I have never been disappointed in the selection or flavor. Their Proseco is also good, and runs about...
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Tiffany Connors ·
I've been enjoying the Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc - very light and crisp. And I can find it for $12 or less at Sam's Club. @Adrienne Washington thanks for the Cupcake Prosecco suggestion — I love a glass of bubbly during the holidays.
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A.J. Young Jr ·
Thanks for the tips! I seriously may need to look at Costco for a membership.
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Dear Penny ·
I'm mostly a beer drinker, but I love Target's wine cubes! They're about $18, but you get 3 liters.
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Re: Holiday job openings

Angie P. ·
Hmm the fact that Amazon/Walmart are hiring so much is great news - means business is good and they're looking for growth. Might indicate good stock picks? -- https://goodmoneygoodlife.com
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Will S. ·
@Angie P. Yes, Amazon and Walmart both seem to be doing quite well these days. I'd also include Target!
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sthom ·
I'm seeing signs for work all over the place and none under $15 an hour, which is great news.
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Holiday job openings

Will S. ·
Holiday job openings
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Molly Moorhead ·
I have found a couple affordable wines at small wine shops lately that I love: Ponga Sauvignon blanc for about $14, Better Half sauv blanc, about $15. Ca'momi Rosso for $8 (seriously). Total Wines carries these as well, and they have a garnacha that's hard to find for about $12: Garnacha de Fuego. Cheers, all! Great suggestions from everyone.
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Robert Bruce ·
My wife and I joined First Leaf last year. It's a box subscription that gives you really good deals on not-so-fancy wines that are still really good. We pay about $75 for 6 bottles every two months. All of the bottles would be more than that retail. They also highlight a lot of smaller wineries so it's cool to help some of those businesses. We've been pleased with the wines we've got so far. You can tell them the types of wines you like and the frequency you want them (every month if you'd...
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Angie P. ·
In Tim Ferriss' 4 Hour Chef , (great book btw -- awesome, bite-sized recipes and techniques that make cooking extremely easy to learn), he has a section where he suggests versatile, yet cheap wines. Here are some copy/pasted from the book: White wines: “SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG GRÜNER VELTLINER 2011, Austria ($15) Terrific savory wine, with a flavor combination between pinot grigio, dry Riesling, and a dash of sauvignon blanc. Hints of celery root, green apple, lemon peel, and white pepper. Great...
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Are homemade gifts a cop-out?

Joshua Pramis ·
I know the holidays are behind us, but gift-giving opportunities — birthdays, anniversaries, etc. — come up throughout the year. But I'm also curious about your thoughts on my approach for the holidays this past year. As someone who is childless, but with an ever-growing collection of nieces and nephews (six and counting, all of whom I adore), I decided to forego traditional gifts in lieu of something homemade. I have a deep passion for baking, so I opted to put together treat boxes for the...
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irishnanny ·
if i were talented i would make specials gifts for my great grandchildren thats all i buy is for them
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Angie P. ·
Of course not - a gift is a gift and it's the thought that counts. In fact, if you can cook I prefer you give me something to eat. Reason being once I'm done eating, the gift is gone. I don't really need friends/family giving me watches and a bunch of other stuff that eventually just turns into junk and I'm too shy to say 'uh yeah no thanks I don't need another watch/bag/etc'. But food? It relieves me of the pressure of having to reject anyone because I can just eat it and won't have to...
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Will S. ·
Personalized treat boxes for kids is a great gift! Homemade gifts in general can be among the best kinds of gifts to receive. I have some quilts and afghans my grandmother made and they are among my most cherished gifts/possessions. Not to mention I've been using them for years to keep extra warm during the winter.
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KellyFromKeene ·
No, I certainly don't consider homemade gifts a cop-out! A gift is a gift and its a thoughtful gesture of caring. People may be surprised to receive a small homemade gift if they are used to extravagant gifts from a person, but they can adjust their expectations. A handwritten message on a card is also a very thoughtful gesture. Its just so rare today!
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Joshua Pramis ·
@KellyFromKeene I agree! I included a little note in each treat box, too. I thought it was a nice touch to show there was some thought behind the gift.
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Barbara a Mariottini ·
I THINK HOMEMADE GIFTS ARE WONDERFUL
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mintjulep ·
As someone who has given homemade gifts for many many years, I just add some thoughts from errors I made along the way. As much as a handmade gift should be appreciated, it bears some research as to what the recipients' tastes are. I started out giving gifts that were fun and of interest for ME to make and that can be the wrong approach. If the recipient never uses the gift, you literally are left with "it's the thought that counts" and while that may be sweet, it can become wasteful of...
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Senecacindy ·
Your gifts were thoughtful and you took the time and effort to make and give them. This year I made gifts that I knitted and/or embroidered. I did purchase some gifts. I like to try and match my gifts to the person’s personality. I like to give something that the person can use. I like to think that the gift is something that the person will cherish.
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PiNaY ·
I also have several nieces, nephews and Godkids. I love your idea of homemade gifts! Your love, time and thoughts behind the gifts show.
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Joshua Pramis ·
@mintjulep That's a really good point! Their tastes definitely need to be considered to make sure they truly enjoy them, too, otherwise it becomes a waste in the end. This year it was a surprise for them; next year I might ask ahead to see if there are specific goodies they like/want — and then surprise them with which ones I follow through with.
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GmaAlly ·
I've made quite a few gifts for family members. I don't see anything wrong with it at all! And aren't the holidays supposed to be about being with our loved ones and not about the amount spent or number of gifts given?
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Re: How Are You Saving for the Holidays?

Olivia ·
Save as a regular budgeted category year round. This is how I save on the gifts themselves. Purchase gifts year round. Purchase at thrift stores and yard sales. Purchase at discount stores like Marshall's. Purchase at local places for locally grown/ made products. Make some gifts. Use discounted postage to mail gifts.
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Diane Cardenas ·
I have an online savings that I've designated a weekly amount deposited and when the holidays arrive I transfer/withdraw and start my shopping worry free.
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Angela Urbistondo ·
I do not save for the holidays per se. If I know I am buying something big for someone like my son, then I start saving for that big purchase. In general, we do not do much for the holidays since everyone is hurting financially.
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KellyFromKeene ·
I save for the holidays all year long. All my family's birthdays are Sept-Nov then of course there is Christmas. Every other week when I get paid, I put money aside so I have plenty for reasonable gifts.
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tg ·
Credit card cash back funds onto a savings account instead of spending or applying to balance. All change back going in a jar, cutting back on spending now. On Wed, Sep 8, 2021, 1:22 PM The Penny Hoarder Community < [email protected]> wrote:
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Debbie Carr Oliver ·
I have an online savings account and have $50 a month automatically deducted from my checking account every month. Plus I use a few Cashback apps like Top Cashback & Ibotta and try to let those amounts build up then transfer to my bank account as well.
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homewinemaker ·
Who remembers the Christmas Club accounts that the banks used to offer years ago? This was a great way to save money for the holidays so you knw what you had saved and thus didn't have to overspend and had a set budget. Sadly the banks did away with these accounts years ago for some unknown reason. Since then this is how I save money for the holidays: I have a large coffee can and tape the lid shut. At the end of each day I deposit all my change and any one and five dollar bills. At the end...
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David P Watson ·
If using cash, always break a dollar. Put change into a “piggy bank “! Using a card, apps like acorn and stash helps keep remaining change. You’ll be surprised how that adds up at the end of the year!
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Re: How Are You Saving for the Holidays?

Barbaram6557 ·
I am adding to my savings account on a monthly basis.
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sthom ·
Same here: make deposits throughout the year to Christmas Club account at credit union, and deposit mystery shops checks, refunds, any found money on top of the set monthly deposit. That's pretty much how I do it.
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sthom ·
I like that Holiday Sinking Fund graphic.
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Abim Wessey ·
i send a set amount out to an account no matter wut from my weekly pay as well as otha funds that come to me. i don't have a debit card for that account, thatz how i save for it. lol. yeah i did enjoy those account bacc than. lol at the coffee tin @homewinemaker.
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Adrienne Washington ·
My credit union has a "holiday" and "vacation" club option. The Holiday account is transferred to my checking at the beginning of November. I can withdraw, without penalty from the vacation club twice per year. I use them both. I usually have a list of gifts I purchase for the holidays and the vacation account is for extras while I'm on vacation, or just money to use when/however I choose. Last year, since there was no travel, I used the money for car repairs
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irishnanny ·
i save all my rewards that i get from Amazon and by September i have saved enough to buy for the great grandchildren i have just finish shopping on amazon for them,
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caratunk ·
for me homemade anything is the ultimate gift ..its the memories behind it that cant be replaced....and it lasts longer too!!!! unless you have a rough crowd for fam members lolol
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PolarMoney ·
Every year my brother wants me to make his favorite cookie. I put other gifts in the box, but he really just wants those cookies. I love making them too as I just do so at the holidays.
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