[Expired] Wine for less than $2 a bottle

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Update: Readers have shared some more great deals they have found and we have included how to get the cheapest bottles based on reader feedback. Thanks, guys!

Earlier today, we posted a quick deal summary of several new Amex Offers out this week. If you’re a wine drinker, the Martha Stewart Wine Co offer may have caught your eye: Spend $50, get $40 back. That’s 80% off if you can spend exactly $50. On top of that, TopCashBack is offering 12% cash back at Martha Stewart Wine Co. This deal can be maximized for a really good value if the wine is even halfway decent. If it turns out to be good, all the better.

There are a couple of methods on this one. The first one is a method brought to us by a reader on Facebook. She maximized this deal to buy 18 bottles of wine for about $78.52 out of pocket – which comes out to $4.36 per bottle. If you’re not looking for quite that much or want more control over which bottles you buy, you can get it even cheaper — perhaps as low as $2.79 $1.95 per bottle.

Method 1: 18 Bottles for $4.36 per bottle

Reader Jen shared how she went about maximizing this deal via Groupon and TopCashBack. Here’s how she did it:

Step 1 – Groupon

Groupon is offering six bottles of wine (chosen by Martha) plus a $50 Gift Voucher (and a subscription to Martha Stewart Living) for $49.99. Go through Ebates for 6% cash back — dropping your out of pocket cost so far to $46.99.

Step 2 – Redeem the Groupon, pay $9.95 shipping

Redeeming the Groupon will still cost you $9.95 for shipping. You can click through TopCashBack to try for 12% back, but it’s unlikely you’ll get it on the shipping charge. You may also pay tax here (I haven’t tried it and think it would vary by state).

Step 3 – Buy more bottles through TopCashBack for 12% back

As part of the Groupon, you get a $50 gift voucher. Jen suggested using this for a 12-pack of bottles from Martha Stewart. For example, you could get this Mixed Assortment Discovery Case.

That’s $119.98 – $50 gift voucher = $69.98. Pay for this with your synced Amex and your out of pocket cost should be $29.98. I’m not sure whether you’ll get your 12% cash back on $119.98 or on $69.98 (which likely depends on whether Martha Stewart codes that gift voucher as a coupon code or more like a gift card). Assuming you only get cash back on $69.98, that’s $8.40 cash back, plus you’ll trigger the Amex Offer for an additional $40 back. This 12-pack will come at a net cost of about $21.58.

Step 4: Do the math and pop some corks

All told, the math should look like this:

$49.99 (paid for Groupon)
–  3.00 (cash back on Groupon through Ebates)
+  9.95 (shipping for 6 bottles from your Groupon)
+ 69.98 (cost of additional 12-pack of bottles)
–  40.00 (Amex Offer)
–    8.40 (cash back on Martha Stewart Wine Co through TopCashBack)
$78.52 for 18 bottles of wine (that’s $4.36 per bottle)

Oh, and Jen reminded us that you can buy up to five of these Groupons, so this deal is repeatable if you have multiple Amex Offers.

All I can say is this: Party at Jen’s place! Nice job and thanks for sharing. 🙂


Method 2: Choose 2 or 4 bottles for about 3 bucks a bottle

Jen’s method is awesome if you entertain often or drink a lot of wine. However, my wife and I are in neither of those two boats. It would probably take us a couple of years to go through 18 bottles. We’d rather choose a couple of specific bottles that sound good to us than buy larger packages of a lot of bottles.

If you’re in our boat, there’s still good news: you can choose individual bottles and buy one, two, three — as many as you like. State tax on this will vary from place to place, so the trick is to figure out your state tax and then try your best to spend exactly $50 with tax and $9.99 shipping included. Greg’s pretty good at this game. Shortly after I posted the Amex Offers, he emailed me the following:

Well played, sir. That’ll be $10.02 for two bottles of wine — or just $5.01 per bottle. After cash back on $36.98, that’s a net of $45.58 – $40 = $5.58 for two bottles – that’s $2.79 a bottle (!!!!).  The Secrets De Bordeaux for $2.79 sounds like a boss deal to me. And indeed it looks pretty good. Checking wine prices online is tough, it seems that other places are offering that bottle for well over $2.79:

There are a number of 2-bottle combinations that can add up to just about the right total depending on your state tax.

If you’d like a little more wine, but not quite 18 bottles, you could try a 4-pack. This European White Wine 4-pack is $50.54 before shipping and tax.

With $9.99 shipping, your total will be $60.53. Assuming you get 12% cash back on that, you’d get $6.06 back for a net total of $54.47 for four bottles of European white wine if your state has no tax on wine. After the Amex Offer, that’s a net total of $14.47 for four bottles. That’s just $3.62 per bottle. Still not too shabby.

But if your goal is the cheapest bottles, it gets cheaper

Of course, you can mix and match bottles any way you like to get up to $50. Reader veeRob pointed out that if you live in a state with tax on your wine, you can get three bottles for a bit less yet per bottle.

The above three bottles come to $47.46 with shipping but before tax. veeRob’s state tax is 7.75% (this will vary — some states have no tax on this, others have even more than veeRob’s state). Tax applies to both the wine and shipping in my state, but veeRob reports that tax only applies to the cost of the wine in California. His total with tax was $50.36. Twelve percent cash back on the wine takes $4.50 off plus $40 off for the Amex offer brings his total out of pocket down to $5.86 for three bottles of wine. That’s just over $1.95 (!) a bottle. Not too shabby at all!

veeRob’s order total — thanks for the screenshot!

Other readers have pointed out similarly great deals for various quantities of wine for $2-$3 a bottle. See the comments for more ideas!

Bottom Line

This Amex Offer is a deal. At a couple of dollars a bottle, you really can’t go wrong whether you are a wine lover or giving gifts. Whether you’re looking for a huge shipment of bottles or to pick just a couple that you like, this offer gives you plenty of options for reasonable prices. Whether you like red, white, rose, sparkling, dessert wine or a combination, Martha Stewart Wine Co has a range to choose from pretty cheaply on this one. If you’re placing an order, let us know what you found. If you’ve tried any of the wines before, let me know what I should order as I haven’t yet placed my order!

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  1. Her wines are excellent value. The same goes for Costco branded wines.

    I am a whiskey , scotch type of guy, but hey a deal is a deal!

    AA or United wanna chip in?

  2. Why 2 bottles? I picked 3 $12.49 bottles to get the total to $37.47. My tax rate is 7.75%, making the total $50.36 after shipping. 12% cash back on $37.47 = $4.49, so $5.87 for 3 bottles = $1.96 per bottle. Sounds good to me!

  3. Was able to do better than Jen using the Groupon Deal and two amex offers. When you go to redeem the groupon, they give you the option of paying an extra $49.99 for 12 bottles instead of 6, which also includes a voucher for $75 off of $100. This extra 49.99 will trigger one of your amex offers after tax (unless your state doesn’t charge tax). You’ll immediate get the $75 off $100 voucher which works much better with that discovery case for $119.99, since after tax you’ll once again be slightly over $50, triggering a second amex offer. Rinse and repeat for however many amex offers you have/want to use. Math looks like this:

    First order (12 bottle groupon Martha’s favorites): $49.99 groupon + $49.99 (groupon upgrade) + $13 tax = $113 out of pocket..

    This triggers $40 amex offer, $2.50 (5% topcashback groupon), and $6 (12% topcashback on extra $49.99).

    Second order (12 bottle discovery case): $119.99 – $75 voucher + $9 tax = $54 out of pocket..

    This triggers another $40 amex offer and $5.40 (12% topcashback on $44.99)

    Total out of pocket is $167, cashback is $93.90 = $73.10 for 24 bottles. Only way I could see to do better is if you’re able to get the groupon at a discount using groupon gift cards or the like.

    • Another good method (without using the groupon) I saw on DOC was to join their 6 bottle monthly subscription (would have to cancel after initial order is shipped) for $49.99, free shipping. With tax, this should trigger your amex offer also.

    • Ebates has a 20% Off Groupon. Groupon now costs $39.99, upgrade is still available on redemption.
      I’ve got this on 8/9 cards (not on BIZ card). Each Groupon requires 2 amex offers. One for the groupon redemption, one for the $75 off follow up offer.

      If my math is correct I can get 96 bottle of wine for $208. That’s a pretty good deal.

      • Nice fine! Should have waited, I guess. Thought the groupon might sell out. How are you getting it down to $208 though? An extra $10 off my method would be $63×4 = $252.. The cashback from topcashback won’t be applied to the entire order, only the part that is ever paid out of pocket to trigger an amex offer.

        • Traveling so I don’t have my excel sheet in front of me. You might be right. My taxes in ny are almost 10 percent. So our numbers are off from one another. Also waiting to see if ebates stacks the 6% on top of their 20% coupon. I only paid $39.99 out of pocket for the Groupon. Either way I’ve got 100 gifts for about 3 bucks apiece. Gift bags will cost me more!!!!!!!

  4. Brilliant. Needed some rose for an upcoming party and $2 and change per straight to my door works especially well! Thanks for posting!

  5. I may have missed it, but what were the results on using the same AMEX offer on several cards? Did it change with the new interface?

    • Still works, though might need a bit more finesse 🙂
      Though you can still access old layout. You’ll find it in an earlier post here on Doctor of Credit.

  6. This is a fabulous deal! Thanks for the great write-explain-up!
    I find the writing super clear and a joy to read! 3 bottle of white (1 sparkling) for me = $2.05/bottle!

    • Great idea, but “specials.restaurant.com” are excluded in the terms of the Chase portal (and the other portals I just checked). Here are the relevant terms:

      Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. iPhone and Android mobile application downloads and all products listed on the “Specials by Restaurant.com” and “Coupons by Restaurant.com” web sites (Specials.Restaurant.com) are not eligible. Restaurant.com Gift Card redemptions and all products listed on the Double Deals by Restaurant.com web site are not eligible.

  7. Poor Nick! See what happens when you ask readers to share their opinions on wines? They just come up with better ways to skin a cat (or grape) that cause you to have to edit your post endlessly.

    • Don’t feel bad for me — I’m glad to see everyone was enthusiastic about this one. It’s a great deal! I just had no idea what wine enthusiasts we had around here :-).

  8. Now that topcashback has pulled the cashback and it doesn’t look like it’s on any other portals, do you think we should just do it without the portal or wait hoping some portal adds it later? Still worthwhile for me. Using the amex offer on two cards I calculate it at 24 wines for $52. I’ll take it!

    • Since no other portals have ever had Martha Stewart Wine Co to my knowledge, I’m doubtful that we’ll see it pop up with another portal. I imagine Martha Stewart Wine Co pulled out of TopCashBack because they realized that they didn’t need the incentive thanks to the Amex Offer. If they come back, I would bet on it being after the Amex Offer is gone. That said, I could be totally wrong. I’d like to be. The good news is that the offer is good until the end of September, so you can certainly wait it out and see. Nothing to lose by waiting (as long as you’ve synced the offer to your cards).

  9. I saved this offer to 8 cards (across two people) and used it a couple days ago on 3 of the 8. Those 3 already got the $40 credit, but now the offer has disappeared completely from the other 5 cards. I don’t remember seeing anything like this before with an offer being revoked from my card after having saved it. I’m really glad I checked the cards again before buying or else I’d have lost out on an expected $200 in savings. Anybody have any experience with this?

  10. Wine arrived today. Opened first bottle, a red. Surprisingly good. I’d call it a nice $15 bottle of wine (California pricing).

    Score one for the ex-con, thanks Martha!

  11. Just did Reader Jen’s Method. Thanks! Groupon had a special $10 off code today that offset not being able to go through TopCash Back! Waiting for 18 bottles at a cost of $4.75/bottle 🙂

  12. Note: Another Groupon like social site I offering a similar Martha promo. Several CB sitesare offering around 5-6% back. If you’ve used all of the Groupons (I think there was a 5 per person limit) go to this other site and keep on chugging along. 🙂

  13. I did this deal. $49.99 for the 6 bottles subscription with tax totaled $52.99 and free shipping. 12% cash back through topcashback worth about $6 Amex offer $40. Total under $7 for 6 bottles cancelled subscription a few days later

  14. Isn’t it a bit risky to ship wine in the summer, it will most likely cook in the heat of all the delivery trucks and warehouses etc. I think I’ll wait until September to take advantage of this deal.

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