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Started by SlasherBindman on Oct 7, 2015 9:16:13 AM
The Finer Things in Life

Are you a connoisseur of 'the finer things in life'?

A pipe of St Bruno. A glass of mulled wine in an inglenook. A pair of slightly overpriced socks.

BallyMoney - 07 Oct 2015 09:38:28 (#1 of 130)

Im of the generation (and limited income) so that I mix them up. ie I'll save money buying cheap stuff taking a budget flight, 2nd hand books, t-shirts, food staples etc here the quality is just as good (but maybe the packaging and name are not so hip).

But things like suits, shoes, whiskey, wine, restaurants, italian ham and cheese well lifes too short to buy lower quality stuff.

sticklebrick - 07 Oct 2015 11:45:27 (#2 of 130)

I'd add underwear to the list.

I'm sure other women would agree - a cheapo pair of knickers is rarely a good buy, and paying a few extra quid for less scratchiness in the nether region is worth it.

Another 'finer thing' is decent tea (Yorkshire Gold, or in Ireland, Barry's is a reasonable sub). Cheap tea is horrible.

Lento_ - 07 Oct 2015 11:47:58 (#3 of 130)

Mostly I just go for the cheap option. For bread, beer and especially whisky I'm happy to spend more to get the good stuff.

JudgeMentalist - 07 Oct 2015 12:01:36 (#4 of 130)

A king sized bed.

JudgeMentalist - 07 Oct 2015 12:01:44 (#5 of 130)

A pound of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans ground for a mokapot.

TRaney - 07 Oct 2015 12:03:03 (#6 of 130)

I'm in the process of cultivating a totally gratuitous and affected interest in wine. Any other wine wankers on the boards?

BallyMoney - 07 Oct 2015 12:12:30 (#7 of 130)

me too TRaney!

Its amazing how a small difference in price can make such a massive difference in taste - I have a few bottles of chateau margaux and saint emilion (about a dozen) I started to collect these thanks to a generous birthday wine shop voucher from my last employer and its started from there - some of these wines are less than 60 euros and I find myself drinking less and savouring the wine longer as some of these are trully stunning.

AFAIK these wines gain value so im probably sitting on a theoretical profit already - although ill end up drinking them all anyway.

My tips: go to wine tasting events, but dont buy there and then order online either directly or through importers to local dealers if you are ordering small amounts - its far cheaper than just buying in local high end high margin shops.

JudgeMentalist - 07 Oct 2015 12:20:20 (#8 of 130)

I started collecting favoured on a student income ('87-89 French reds at £3, which became fantastic vintage wines. Most pricey was a 40 year old champagne I'm too embarrassed to write the price of now, but it was worth every Euro.

Forget the theoretical profit unless you are storing them in a bonded warehouse/controlled environment and just savour the ones you enjoy, with encores. I tended to buy a case after trying out and finding a wine I really liked, then had 12 years or more to enjoy for special occasions, whenever I felt like it, dinner parties, birthdays etc. All gone now, it was fun being a posh wino for 25 years, but my liver and slimmer figure thank me for limiting the habit.

TheRenegadeMaster - 07 Oct 2015 12:30:34 (#9 of 130)

My dad spends very little money, except on shoes, glasses (not branded) and his mattress, as he spends all his time sleeping, reading or pottering about.

My tips for wine tasting. Go to erobert parker, find out what a good year was on the vintage chart (just updated), and buy that vintage for the cheaper vineyards in the same area.

I went through a lot of 2007 guigal Cote du Rhone, and had a very very nice 2010 Graves last week that i picked up for 11 euros in Carrefour last month. As to buying for profit, what judge said, you must must keep it in proper bonded storage. Buy 2 cases, drink one over a period of time and sell the other one, or drink it yourself if you love it so.

Otherwise, wine, cheese, meat, and spas

carterbrandon - 07 Oct 2015 12:31:46 (#10 of 130)

Its amazing how a small difference in price can make such a massive difference in taste

You have to clear about £5 before the money starts going on the product rather than the duty.

BallyMoney - 07 Oct 2015 12:33:09 (#11 of 130)


here in Germany (where duty is less) its possible to buy wine for basically the same price as soft drinks - does make you wonder just how they are being produced....

MaisonLazlique - 07 Oct 2015 12:51:13 (#12 of 130)

Now I have children, obviously everything I own is tawdry and threadbare and drenched in vomit, but before that I used to generally buy good things, but in elaborately tightfisted ways.

Obviously the first option is to get secondhand; cars, watches, stereo equipment, nice pens, clothes- but sparingly, you can have really nice stuff as long as you don't mind old. I positively revel in old, so that was fine. This gives you the option of world class things for the price of poor quality new, or less, or next to nothing, or free.

For less durable items there is the "end of line"option - who cares if it's "last year's colour"?

Or the four hour internet safari to see what other brands a product is sold under, what markets it's cheaper in, what bankrupt stock is being dumped on what market.

Beyond that there's the "turn up at the manufacturer" option: good with food. Meat from the farm shop, kippers from Craster, and good with those few things still made in the UK, Barbour and Aquascutum have factory shops.

Along with that- factory seconds. In my home town there was (alas no more) a market stall that sold seconds from the Northampton shoemakers- Loake in particular. I had several pairs, never found anything wrong with any of them.

Finally, for the really dedicated tightarse, there is the "make it yourself" or at least "do final assembly yourself" option. I wanted a Fender Telecaster, so I bought the bits from all over the place and screwed it together, cost about half what a Mexican Tele would cost, and was to my specs. Ties in with secondhand, too. You've got a nice thing, but it's broken? I'll buy it and have it fixed or fix it. Then it will be my nice thing.

People do not say "You get what you pay for" around me.

Not twice, anyway.

TheRenegadeMaster - 07 Oct 2015 12:53:13 (#13 of 130)

Bally, is there a history of negociants or co-operatives for these types of wines? Because if not, unless it is top stuff, the grapes are basically worthless to anybody except the farmer, all he can do is make wine, and then let the market decide.

A market that is fairly well saturated. And if it is local, and you can cut down on the cost of bottling by selling direct to the consumer, you can undercut the bottom of the market with a fairly decent product. Loads of wines in the Ardeche are like that in my experience.

See also cider purchased from the farm gate in the UK. Heck's Port Wine of Glastonbury is definitely one of the finer things in life and will set you back about £2.50 / litre (I think) if you roll up to their cave in Street with your own jerrycan. Last seen for sale bottled in Brixton market at £4.50 for 500ml and when I told Mr Heck this his eyes nearly popped out of his head

milhouse - 07 Oct 2015 12:56:24 (#14 of 130)

I dress like a scarecrow most of the time, but I spend a fortune on my shoes and spectacles.

Anchorman - 07 Oct 2015 13:01:08 (#15 of 130)

Since down sizing I've had very little money. I look for good value which i usually find isn't the cheapest and certainly not the most expensive.

Anchorman - 07 Oct 2015 13:01:49 (#16 of 130)

I also agree with most of what Maison said in #12

WibbleAgain - 07 Oct 2015 13:04:24 (#17 of 130)

Cashmere jumpers and fine bone china.

One of my proudest cheap scores was some fine bone china I bought in Tesco. I use them in the kitchen. I should have bought more, but at the time I thought I'd just get them as I break them. Eventually I found they were the last lots from Wedgwood before they closed the factories here and outsourced to China. They were from the secondary brands of modern stuff not labelled Wedgwood, called Montreal.

If I'm willing to spend the time scouring the net, I can find good cashmere jumpers without breaking the bank. They're not as durable as wool, but I wear them till they fall apart, so it's not quite as wicked and sinful as it may seem.

Anchorman - 07 Oct 2015 13:05:23 (#18 of 130)

Finally, for the really dedicated tightarse, there is the "make it yourself" .....option

I do a great deal of this. I've made a settee , several fitted warddrobes, tables,garage,shed,coldframes etc all at a fraction of the price of bought in stuff and imo it's more satisfying to have stuff I've made in my home/garden rather than everything being bought in

TommyDGNR8 - 07 Oct 2015 13:11:36 (#19 of 130)

#12 - Laz, I'm so glad you hate my music because we're otherwise very, very alike.

AppleCatcher - 07 Oct 2015 13:15:41 (#20 of 130)

I'm in Japan at the moment (putain, on le saura). Everything here seems to qualify for "the finer things in life" status. I even ended up buying slightly too small leather plimsolls because they were so nice.

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