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Canned Wine: All the Rage(r) or Overrated?

Personally, I’m all for it.

Bottled wine can be a pain to take from place to place. This is both due to the ease in which glass can be broken (and scattered!), and the inconvenient need to come prepared with cups in order to drink it (bottle chugging is not classy).

Don’t even get me started on the necessity for a wine opener – without one, you’re screwed! But with the summer being characterized by carelessness and fun, wine lovers need to adapt their preferences, or at least their habits, to enjoy wine at a picnic, on the beach, or by the pool.

Before imparting judgment on any specific company or varietal, it’s important to note that drinking canned wines is a much different experience than drinking from a wine glass. Regardless of how you feel about it, there’s no getting around that slight metallic aftertaste.

Backpack Wine

Chicago-based Backpack Wine launched in September of 2016, so they’re new to the market, but a force to be reckoned with. Focusing on the most refreshing types of wine for summer, they stock a white and rose.

After trying both out, I would say that this canned wine is best suited for the type of person who doesn’t get snobby about wine. It’s good, but it’s nothing fancy. Backpack Wine’s Snappy White® hints at this fact, offering a white without designating the specific type of white. If you don’t know your Pinot Grigio from your Sauvignon Blanc, Backpack Wines will be perfect for your next outdoor extravaganza.

As a marketer, I’ve got to mention how much I love the branding and design of Backpack Wine. They’re just begging to be brought out and shown off.

If you’re an online shopper, you can breathe a sigh of relief. As this is now available to order online in 37 states on their online store, just don’t forget to look right here to see if there are any coupon codes available for this product.

Underwood Wine

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While Backpack Wine appeals to the casual wine enthusiast, Underwood Wine bills itself as the craft option in the canned wines category. Everything from their branding to their point of origin (Oregon) caters to a more specific type of person (I’ll say it, hipster).

Underwood has a total of 5 canned wines on the market, which can be ordered online, or found at your local liquor store (Binny’s usually stocks them).

  • Rosé Bubbles
  • The Bubbles
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Pinot Gris

The jury is still out as to whether red wine tastes decent in a can (I’m biased, as I’m more of a fan of white). Luckily, you won’t have to find out if you don’t want to, as there are so many different white and rose varietals.

The cans look nothing like a beer can, and a lot like a soda can, but I’ll leave the implications of that to your own imagination. 😉

Trader Joe’s Canned Wine

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Trader Joe’s canned wine is the newest product on the scene (at least as of this writing!). With a level of sophistication comparable to TJ’s other branded booze line, Charles Shaw (affectionately known as “Two Buck Chuck”), you shouldn’t expect the type of drink you’d offer guests at a fancy dinner party. But not every day requires fancy wine, and Trader Joes’ canned wine is perfect for any type of occasion.

At $4 for four cans, the price most certainly, is right. Trader Joes offers two varietals: a white and rose that would make for the perfect booze to bring to your next event. Even if you don’t finish them, at $1/pop, you won’t feel bad about leaving extras behind.

Canned Wines: All the Rage or Overrated?

Whether you’re going out, or staying in, canned wines are the perfect beverage to enjoy on a summertime day. With so many options on the market, this rapidly expanding market has an option for any taste or occasion.

What’s your favorite brand of canned wines? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Image Sources: Backpack Wine, Union Wine Co., Trader Joes


Target Beauty Box Subscription Box

You can find a subscription box for almost anything – pets, alcohol, kids, food… and beauty. Subscription boxes have become my favorite way to discover new products. They also offer an incredible value – at least the reputable ones do. For a low monthly recurring payment, you get products curated by experts for less than they would cost separately. As the nature of this blog is finding deals on a budget, I’m starting a series for reviewing subscription boxes.

The Target Beauty Box is one of my favorite “subscription” boxes. It comes out periodically (once every few months) and can’t be bought on a subscription, but is worth keeping track of.

Target Beauty Box Subscription Box

The Target Beauty Box I’m reviewing contained the following items:

CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara by Lashblast ($6 Value, thanks to My Subscription Addiction for values)

I love that Target Beauty Boxes almost always include a full-size mascara sample, because mascara gets gross after no more than a few months. The brands they include are always top drugstore mascara brands, and this box is no exception.

Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($6.80)

I actually got this same sample in a previous Target Beauty Box. It’s a nice addition to your hair care regiment for the summer, because it protects your hair for the sun. It’s light and smells fresh.

Hair Food Moisturizing Mask ($12 Value)

I’m a big fan of hair moisturizing and deep conditioning treatments. My hair needs them at least once a week, and the results are more than worth the extra time in the shower. So I was really excited that this full-sized product was included in this Target Beauty Box!

Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner ($1.80 Value)

I don’t usually use many beauty products, and toner is not something that’s been a part of my routine, to date. I’m excited to try this product and see if it makes a difference!

Olay Active Botanicals Day Lotion ($3.60 Value)

This facial lotion is so light and fresh… I honestly think I may have found my new preferred face lotion!

Crest 3D Whitestrips 1hr Express ($11.25 Value)

I’ve used Crest Whitestrips in the past and they’re annoying to wear, but they really do look. I’ve been drinking a lot more tea lately, so I was glad to get this sample!

Total Value: $41.45 (with an added value of $3 off coupon for Target Beauty purchases)

What I love about Target Beauty Boxes is that they contain so much value that I actually go out and buy the items I like at full price after I’ve used them up. I can think of at least one item from each box I’ve gotten that I really loved, and several more that are fun to test out and have around, even if I don’t use them everyday.

I’m not someone who usually gets excited about beauty products, but the Target Beauty Box has so many fun and useful things at an incredible price. You also get a $3 off $15 coupon to use towards any beauty purchase at Target in every box!

Have you bought a Target Beauty Box? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Why Chicago Cheap Ass?

I don’t want this blog to be the typical “frugalista” blog.

I used to follow blogs that showed you how to get stuff for free, but it was at the expense of the business offering the free product. I need you to know something – I LOVE Chicago. There are so many amazing businesses here worthy of endless accolades, and ultimately, your business. I refuse to post anything that would negatively impact them.

Being 24 in a big city often means budgeting money and making tough decisions about what’s reasonable and what’s completely out of the realm of possibility. At the end of the month, I need to pay my rent. I need to eat and I don’t want it to be ramen. But I want to go out with friends and experience this beautiful city to its fullest. And I certainly don’t want to be racking up credit card debt.

Thus, Chicago Cheap Ass was born out of a desire to bridge this gap between entry-level salary and big city living. I will share with you (ethical!) tips and tricks to explore this city on a budget. I’ll give you cost-effective transportation strategies, entertainment options, tell you which restaurants give you the best bang for your buck, and more.