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How To Live It Up Large Without Breaking The Bank

By Urban List Writers - 19 Jan 2018

How To Live It Up Large Without Breaking The Bank


Not all of us can afford to live it up like a Kardashian, right? Wrong! Slum it no more, Aucklanders. Open your mind, get a lil savvy and you’ll discover plenty of ways to live like a total baller.

To help you become a high roller, we’ve teamed up with Vineonline. The online store is known and loved for delivering your favourite alcoholic bevvies straight to your door—without a hefty price tag! Yep, they go over and above to ensure you don’t have to pay a fortune to get a decent drink. Here are their tips and tricks to living it up large without blowing the budget.

Ditch The Bar… Become A Master Mixologist Yourself!

Your bank account is suffering at the expense of your $18 espresso martinis. It’s time to kiss the bar and its exspenny cocktails goodbye! Shake and stir your way around the kitchen until you become a master mixologist yourself. The challenge of learning something new will be super satisfying and your friends will be hella impressed with your new-found skills. Kickstart your mixology journey with Vineonline’s extensive range of spirits—they’re just as good (if not better) than what you’ll find at a bar. Anyone for piña coladas and pitchers of sangria?

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Embrace Stay-At-Home Date Nights

Date night needn’t be about lavish five-course degustation feasts. Keep your bae and your wallet happy with a creative at-home date. Light a candle and get dinner (and bevvies!) delivered to your front door. Ensure you’ve got ice-cream in the freezer or whip up a decadent chocolate fondant together. Bellies full, snuggle up as you watch a movie together—double points if you build a blanket fort. Go you romantic thing, you!

Throw A Luxe AF Dinner Party At Home

Gone are the days of eating out three times a week, now we're all about Saturday nights in (amiright?!). Fire up the group chat, people, because you're about to throw one luxe AF dinner party at home—and it's far easier than you think. Step 1: Get your DIY on with the help of our good friend Pinterest (there's a whole stack of DIY guides you can get inspo from) and decorate your dining table. Step 2: Pick up ingredients for a classic pasta dish (think: spaghetti bolognese or three-cheese fettucini). Step 3: Order your wine online and get it delivered to your door the day of the party. Pop a bottle of Gancia Prosecco for your guests on arrival, follow with Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 with your pasta, and finish on a glass of Babydoll Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 (over cheese, obvs). 

Become A Voucher Queen (Or King)

Thanks to a lil groundwork, it’s easy to fake a lavish lifestyle. Sign up for rewards programmes, check out daily deal sites and be on the constant lookout for discount coupons. Yep, it’s time to get deal savvy! Keep tabs on your fave restaurants and cafes for their weekday/happy hour specials and time your visit accordingly. Two-for-one pizza is a thing and it’s got your name written all over it! Take the sage advice of our mates at Vineonline and remember that the most digits on your bill doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting better quality.

Learn How To Pick A Good Wine

Confession time: Anyone else used to go for the cheapest bottle with the nicest looking label? Yep, us too. That was until we discovered the two basic rules for choosing a good wine. Region and grape. Red lovers can’t go past Italian varietals (the Northern region is famous for Nebbiolo, Barbera and Sangiovese) while the East Coast is best for those with a penchant for white (known for its Chardonnay and Pinot grigio). If you're more of a "Sauvignon blanc type," you'll find some of the best grapes in the world right here in our own backyard. We recommend anything from Marlborough. Our pick? The Lowlands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016.

Start living it up large with Vineonline’s alcohol delivery. Mix and match cases of wine, beer and spirits without blowing the budget or scaraficing quality. You (and your wallet) can thank us later!

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by Vineonline and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Lydia Arnold

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