Here in Texas, we have Spec’s Wines Spirits and Finer Foods, and they feature a membership program similar to a traditional discount program. With a Spec’s Key, you are eligible for liquor discounts on various bottles depending on the promotions each particular store is running at that time.
Such promotions usually have prices marked down anywhere between $2-$7 a bottle and ranges from cheaper spirits to more expensive name-brand products. Running through a Spec’s store once a week has proven useful on many accounts as we have picked up Zignum Mezcal Anejo’s for $45 a bottle, normally above $50 each, and Michaels Irish Cream for $8 a bottle, normally $11 each.
Not every liquor store features these memberships but it can be worth checking out in your area.
Opt For Inexpensive, But Quality Brands
Name-brands are household names and are often seen as high quality products. However, do not let this stop you from trying alternative options that cost significantly less.
As mentioned above, Michaels Irish Cream usually sells for $11 per 375 mL bottle. Most consumers buy Baileys Original Irish Cream, which sells for $15 for the same sized bottle. Aside from a different packaging, Michaels tasted more or less the same as its more expensive counterpart. Given the solid performance of Michaels, it should be a no-brainer for any home bar.
As a word of caution, not every spirit or liqueur will have the same standards of quality as name-brands. We recommend sampling new choices, when available, before purchasing. If store samplings are not common at your local liquor store, it may be still worth taking a chance. You can always afford to throw the bottle out considering you bought it for cheap.
Pay Using Cash Instead Of Credit
Since all businesses are charged a small percentage of each transaction, they are constantly losing money to credit card companies every time a customer uses plastic. As a result, certain liquor stores are offering cheaper alcohol prices when you pay by cash.
Spec’s knocks down their store prices by 5% when you pay by cash or debit. Keep this in mind the next time you go out on an alcohol run. Not only will you save on alcohol, you will also prevent overspending.
Make Your Own Liqueurs
This is an option for those that are DIY-minded or those that have a very limited budget. There are numerous recipes on the Internet that teach you how to make your own triple sec or how to make original irish cream.
Most ingredients are common household staples such as oranges, sugar, and peaches. If you have the patience to make these liqueurs yourself, your home bar will be well-stocked for any small gathering.
Work For Free Booze
Oh yeah, who wants free booze?
Liquor stores often have product samplings during the weekends to promote a particular sale or create awareness for a new product. These samplings are presented by liquor brand ambassadors, whom advocate and hand sell the designated product.
These liquor brand ambassadors often get to take home any open product that they have opened during the tasting. In other words, these ambassadors have got it made! Get paid to hand out samples, sell alcohol, and take home free booze. Who has a better job than that?
Certain promotional agencies are always hiring new brand ambassadors to fill in weekly shifts. If you do not mind working a few hours every Saturday, this option may be the best out of the bunch!
Try out any of the above options and let us know how well they worked for you! Feel free to share any thoughts with us as well!
Are you interested in learning more about liquor brand ambassadors? Check out another article we wrote on the topic: What Is A Liquor Brand Ambassador?