Sunday, December 03, 2006

The High Life at Low Cost

I found a great article today on It's courtesy of Men's Health magazine, and it's an article that gives you tips on how to live the high life while not breaking your personal bank account.

Here are some highlights from the article:

Instead of buying the hottest and most expensive "new" sports or luxury car, consider buying an older car from a top manufacturer. You'll still get all the looks, but at a considerable discount. They list a BMW 328ie series from the late 1990's or a Jaguar XJ8 series from the same period. The point being no one knows that you just bought the car.

Another example from the article regards Wine. Here is the excerpt from the article:

"Wine worth savoring shouldn't sap your savings. "You just have to find new regions and undiscovered wines," says Paul Lang, owner of New York City wine-events group A Casa. "As soon as something is covered by the media, the prices skyrocket." Beat the hoards by trolling wine blogs -- we like and -- for under-the-radar picks, and by cultivating a relationship with your local provider. You're looking for three things: First, unexpected home runs. "You might not think to pick up a wine from Greece or Uruguay, which is exactly why you should," says Jeffery Lindenmuth, owner of Second, up-and-coming hot spots. "Focus your gaze on emerging regions," says Joshua Wesson, chairman and executive wine director of Best Cellars. Spanish wines have buzz, but avoid the already-hot Rioja region and concentrate on nearby La Mancha, Jumilla, and Toro, for example.

And third, trickle-down quality. Pick up a second-label wine from a solid producer -- like Hawk Crest instead of the more expensive Stag's Leap, from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, in Napa, California. "Wineries create these brands to use up the grapes that aren't quite good enough for their best wines," says Lindenmuth. "They're an especially great buy in the best years, when an abundance of fantastic grapes carries over into the lower-priced wines."

The article also covers travel tips, restaurant tips, flower tips, and a few other gems. Visit this page on to read the entire article. I think you'll enjoy it.

Good luck and make it a great day!


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