Prior to the imposition of the moratorium, I was spending about $150/month on whisky, more if you include tastings and festivals.
misa wrote:Way too much. ... My girlfriend would do bad things to me if she ever found out. But hey, it´s my money (in my dreams).
Never anger the woman who knows where you sleep!
Muskrat Portage wrote:misa wrote:Way too much. ... My girlfriend would do bad things to me if she ever found out. But hey, it´s my money (in my dreams).
Never anger the woman who knows where you sleep!
Who says she does?
Like many, I don't have a monthly budget. My spending is sporadic, and peaks in October, when I visit Scotland. When I divide total spending for 2006 (which was almost certainly less than for 2005) by 12, my average monthly expenditure comes to:
Cn$23.58 (theoretically--it's almost all earned credit)
or about US$165/month.
I'm really surprised it's that much, but it really is concentrated in spots--all of the UK purchases (nearly half the total) were in October, except for one mail order, and a good part of the US purchases were a few expensive bottles. I don't expect to spend as much this year. Of course, I didn't expect to spend that much last year, either.
If I am going up to Scotland I will re-stock with quite a few bottles, next week I shall be in Cornwall and will pop into Constantine Stores (better known as http://www.drinkfinder.co.uk) to buy a few bottles, just before Christmas I took advantage of the Supermarket deals and some months I don't spend anything on whisky.
Like some others I don't want to work out just how much I spend on whisky, I'll only worry about that when I can no longer afford it!
last year, went to islay for the weekend at the start of the festival, and spent about £1500, not all on whisky though, but the weekend cost me that. went to barcalona the following day for a week and spent less on the weekend...
but its worth it though, going back again, and again and again....
Mark wrote: I realised it made sense to stock up around Christmas time when all the supermarkets are offering great savings on whisky.
Ditto for me at xmas time of year Mark, I stock up on standard malts - you'll also find the same happens around May and early June in the build up to Father's day. Tesco in particular are one to watch - last year they had £5 off the majority of their malts. The great thing for us UK consumers is that Asda and the likes follow suit and they then undercut each other.
Other arguments suggest that supermarkets are squeezing suppliers too much but I doubt if the distilleries are losing money and it gives them a great opportunity to move stocks fast. Meanwhile us consumers benefit.
I take $100 dollars to the casino every month, no more, no less.
I play some blackjack. If i lose, well i lose, if i win and i have on numerous occassions, then the winning goes towards WHISKY!!! (Yum yum)
I 've been lucky enough to win $1200 on one occassion. You can imagine the lovely drops i bought!
Aidan wrote:My budget is under €60 per month. Unfortunately, it seems I spend far in excess of this every month.
I'll have to stop. I have enough.
That's the point. There's a big difference between the concept of a budget and the concept of actual spending. (I'm an accountant, I know these things.) The question should maybe be what's your budget and how much do you actually exceed this on average.
That said, I think I'll refrain from putting any actual figures up here - my wife knows I post to this forum! I find the best justification for myself comes down to three things:
(1) I used to go out a lot more before I had children and the money I now spend on whisky is a lot less than what I spent on going out. In the old days (4 years ago) with taxis, clubs etc. the average night night was at least €100 plus (without even eating out). Now if I go for a few pints in the local the average night out costs €20 - €30. So there's €70 p.w. that can be spent on whiskey.
(2) Even with most of the better whiskies, when you break it down to cost per measue (Irish measure is 35.5ml, so therefore about 20 in a 700ml bottle) it still works out cheaper than the price of a pint of Guinness in the average Dublin Pub!
(3) It's also an investment , kind of. I just worked out the other night that if it all went horribly wrong and I'd no money to spend I currently have enoungh whiskey in the house to get me drunk 3 days a week for about 4 years.
Yes I know, the things accountants think about are kinda weird.
Like you I spend much less on going out since becoming a father. Unlike you I've never actually sat down and worked out how much I'm saving by staying in of an evening. This is something I'm going to have to work out this afternoon, in a futile attempt at convincing my wife that by spending cash on whisky, I'm actually saving money.[/img]
So, as far as I know, it’s below a 100 Euro for sure. And I don't think I'll get above that soon. Being a student doesn't quite mean a huge budget.
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