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Is a Wine Club Worth it? I tried Winc.

This site is called Less Debt More Wine, so I would be remiss if I didn’t do a post reviewing wine clubs. Right? Right.

What is a Wine Club?

Kinda like a cheese club but with wine (though you could really do something combining the two). Once a month you get wine delivered straight to your door. You can choose between different options and price tiers to determine what wines you receive with your wine club membership.

Now if you hadn’t figured out by the name of this site, I kinda like wine. Though I’m always mindful of how much I spend on wine and booze in general. I enjoy life, but I’m still on a budget. I kind of always figured that wine clubs would be out of my price range. Until I found an introductory offer that was enticing enough for me to give it a try.

Why I Decided to Try Winc

I got my weekly update from Lyft that had an introductory offer for Winc, it allowed me to get my first delivery, 4 bottles of wine for around $30.

That comes out to less than $10 a bottle which was right up my alley price wise. 4 bottles of wine, delivered, straight to my door for $30?

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Since that first box, I’ve had one other box delivered. I’ve opted into the lower price tier where bottles of wine are $13 each, but shipping is free when you order 4 bottles, obviously I ordered 4 bottles. I also liked that I could skip a month or cancel at any time

Pros:

  • Free shipping available on orders of 4 bottles or more
  • Flat rate shipping of $9 for orders that do not qualify for free shipping
  • You can skip a month or several months if you don’t want to spend the money each month
  • Easy way to try new wines
  • Reasonable pricing at $13 a bottle
  • You can choose the wines or have them do it for you

Cons:

  • Not all orders have free shipping
  • You have to log in each month to say you’d like to skip the month
  • You do have to have someone at least 21 to be home to sign for the wine

What is the Pricing Like?

For Winc this is what the pricing looks like for different memberships, each wine club will likely be different. Winc has two different membership types, Winc Featured and Winc Select. The Winc Featured membership will (if you don’t select bottles yourself) select from the $13 bottles of wine.

Winc Select will choose wines with prices ranging from $14-$35 per bottle. It’s up to you to choose your default number of bottles and if they should be red wines, white wines, or a mix of both.

I’ll be honest $13 is on the top end of what I’m willing to spend on a bottle of wine, but I like that Winc has already selected good wines for me to choose from. They also provide great descriptions for each wine, making me feel more secure in my choices being wines I’ll like.

How Do You Get Started?

If you want to give Winc a try, you can do so following the instructions below. If you use my link (included below) you’ll get a $13 bottle of wine included for free on your first order.

  1. Go to Winc’s website
  2. You’ll be prompted to answer some questions about your tastes
  3. Then select the wines you’d like
  4. Fill out your information and get the wine shipped to you

If you decide you want to skip a month, just log into your account and go to the My Membership section and click “skip a month” as shown in the screenshot below. Now I’d already hit skip a month (I got a massive amount of wine for Christmas) which is why it says resume, but it is clearly laid out where you can find that option to skip. Is a wine club worth it? Winc review

Verdict:

In the case of Winc, I think this wine club is worth it to on occasion to treat myself to some new wines delivered to me. But I love that it’s an expense I can choose to have each month and signing up doesn’t mean I have to buy wine every month. Obviously, I think it’s worth it.

Life tools & resources I recommend

The Skimm (for staying informed) I've been a loyal Skimmer for over three years. The Skimm is a news source that shows up in your email first thing in the morning M-F. It gives you a 5-minute rundown of what's happening in the world and links to legitimate news sources if you want to learn more about a topic. I start every day with my coffee and The Skimm. I <3 it so much. It's free.

Winc (for Wine Delivery) I like ordering a box of different wines to try from Winc every few months. The bottles average $13 a piece and delivery is free when you get at least 4 bottles (more wine please). If you want to check out Winc, you can get a free bottle of wine using my link. I'm very pro free wine.

Checkout 51 (to save on groceries) To save money on groceries, download the Checkout51 app and sign up for free. Each week on Thursday, "new deals" come out. Go through and star the items that are on your grocery shopping list. Do your shopping and at the end use your phone to snap a picture of receipt through the app and hit submit. Once you earn $20 in rewards you can cash out and Checkout51 will send you a check.

After wondering about whether a wine club would be worth it, I decided to try Winc and I wrote all about it and wine clubs in my review of Winc

Liz

Liz is a blogger helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.

  • I’ve often wondered if wine clubs are worth it. I think I’ll be giving this one a try. Thanks!

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