One of the drawbacks of living in Virginia is that the state regulates retail sales of alcohol. The only way you can purchase liquor is through state run Virginia ABC stores. Not only do all stores have practically the same inventory, but they also have similar pricing as well. While I don’t think they are price gouging customers since they have a monopoly on the market, I will say that the prices are often not the best you’ll find either.
VA ABC Store Sales
While VA ABC stores will run monthly sales, which will typically discount a bottle of liquor by $2-5. They also run promotions from time to time. These promotions when stacked with liquor that is on sale, can actually result in some pretty good deals. For example, on August 5th Virginia ABC Stores are offering $20 off $100 purchase.
Getting The Best Deals at Virginia ABC Stores
To get the best prices on alcohol purchases at VA ABC Stores you must wait for the promotions. Many will ask when the next promotion is coming. That I cannot tell you, but I can offer a list of historical promotions, which could help you plan you next big shopping trip! Make sure that you either following VA ABC on Twitter, or sign up for their email list to make sure you find out about new promotions. Below is a list of some of the past promotions.
|Black Friday Sale||20% off $100||11/29/2019|
|Cyber Monday Sale||20% off $100||12/2/2019|
|Door Buster Sale||20% off||7/4/2020||Only select bottles|
|Summer Cyber Sale||20% off $100||8/5/2020|
To get the best price I suggest waiting for their 20% off promotions and then placing a big order. Of course, that may work against you if you’re the type of person who will drink everything sitting in the cabinet.
Sweeten ABC Store Savings With Ibotta
Also, to sweeten the deal even more, I suggest using the Ibotta app. There are frequently many alcohol brands that offer cash back rebate through Ibotta if you purchase the correct item and submit your receipt on the app. In fact, I just purchased a bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye at the VA ABC Store, which qualified for $3 savings through Ibotta!
Let’s see how this deal could stack with a recent sale on bourbon.
|Knob Creek bourbon retail||$34.00|
|20% off promotion||-$6.00|
|Ibotta cash back||-$3.00|
After all discounts and cash back you are getting a 38% discount!