DIY Wine Saves Big ($3700 a year)
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Last week I ran the numbers and determined we were saving $500 a year by roasting our own coffee. This sounds pretty good, but check out how much we save by purchasing wine kits instead of store bought wine.
We purchase 7 wine kits a year which produce about 210 bottles of wine. The average bottle of wine from the kit costs $2.30 and tastes as good as if not better than a store bought $20 bottle of wine.
We spend $500 a year producing our own wine from kits. If we were to buy the equivalent quality wine in bottles it would cost us $4,200 a year. That is a saving of $3,700 per year!
Even when I account for the time it takes to clean bottles and ferment each batch (35 hours a year) we are still paying ourselves $105 an hour.
If you are interested in a kit to get started with we have had good experiences with Vintners Reserve.