Cigar smoking can quickly become an expensive hobby. If you only smoke the occasional stogie, the cost of cigars isn’t that big a deal, but if you like to have one every couple days or even daily, then finding deals is crucial for your pocketbook.
Buying your cigars in bulk is a great way to keep your cigar costs manageable. Of course, you don’t want to end up with a box of cigars you don’t enjoy. Stick to cigars you know when you’re buying wholesale. One way to save some money without committing to cigars you may not enjoy is buying a pack with four or five cigars. You still get a discounted rate over buying singles, without needing to buy a large quantity of cigars.
There are a few other things to keep in mind when purchasing your cigars in bulk.
Find What You Like with Sampler Packs
Many cigar stores, especially online stores, have a variety of sampler pack options. These include several different brands of cigars. You save money because you’re buying in bulk, but you don’t have to commit to one type of cigar.
Sign Up for Email Offers
Online cigar stores have a sales section with their discounted boxes, but the offerings change frequently. Subscribe to your favorite store’s email newsletter, as those emails should include information on current and upcoming sales. Instead of needing to check the store’s website regularly, you can just look at your emails to see what’s on sale.
Find Your Daily Cigar
When you’re a regular cigar smoker, you have your premium cigars that you save for special occasions, and your daily cigars that you smoke whenever you feel like it. Ideally, you want to buy both types in bulk, but it’s more important that you find cigars you can smoke anytime, since you’ll go through them more quickly. There are high-quality cigars available for less than $5 per cigar when you buy in bulk, it’s all just a matter of finding one you like.
Avoid New Cigar Blends
It’s common for regular-production cigar blends to drop in price after about a year. Be patient and look for cigar blends that have been around at least a year, instead of paying a premium just because a blend is new.
Join a Loyalty Program
Cigar stores, like many other businesses, make their money off of loyal customers who buy from them consistently. It’s best to pick one cigar store, be it brick-and-mortar or online, and make most or all of your cigar purchases there. After you’ve made a few purchases, ask about a loyalty program.