how to drink champagne on a budget

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Say it with me: Life isn't fair. You totally deserve to be bathing in champagne, but, well, maybe it's not in the budget right now. Luckily, that doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice the sweet burn that comes with chugging some bubbly. It is possible to drink champagne on the cheap—all you have to do is give up some of your integrity and keep thinking "I can get through this..."

Under $10
Any dirt-poor college kid knows about this one. It's gritty and painful, but it's also dirt cheap, so... Our bit of advice? Add a little bit of mango juice to take off the edge. 

Cook's Grand Reserve
At under $5 a bottle, it's actually surprising we didn't spit this straight out of our mouths. (We just took a few more sips and abandoned it.)

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
This sparking wine has strong notes of citrus, is juicy yet dry, and has a clean finish: This one's actually a keeper. (Gasp!)

Under $15
Dibon Brut Reserve Cava
Rich with full grapefruit, citrus, apple flavors, Dibon's an affordable favorite of everyone—from Wine & Spirits Magazine to USA Today

Korbel Brut
Before the author was, err, "of age," you could find her downing this at any New Year's Eve party. So she may be a bit biased on this one, but it's generally a pretty decent, solid choice.

Naveran Cava Brut
Tangy and light, you can keep drinking this Cava all night long without feeling weighed down.

Under $25
Roederer Estate Brut

With heavy notes of fruit and hazelnut, this sparkling champagne has a surprising amount of body and depth.

Gregoletto Prosecco
This one's just really, really good. Trust us.

Chandon Blanc de Noirs
With strong strawberry, cherry, and raspberry notes and a creamy texture, Blanc de Noirs is where it's at. Plus, we serve it at NYLON parties, so you know it's good.