Aidan wrote:My budget is under €60 per month. Unfortunately, it seems I spend far in excess of this every month.
I'll have to stop. I have enough.
That's the point. There's a big difference between the concept of a budget and the concept of actual spending. (I'm an accountant, I know these things.) The question should maybe be what's your budget and how much do you actually exceed this on average.
That said, I think I'll refrain from putting any actual figures up here - my wife knows I post to this forum! I find the best justification for myself comes down to three things:
(1) I used to go out a lot more before I had children and the money I now spend on whisky is a lot less than what I spent on going out. In the old days (4 years ago) with taxis, clubs etc. the average night night was at least €100 plus (without even eating out). Now if I go for a few pints in the local the average night out costs €20 - €30. So there's €70 p.w. that can be spent on whiskey.
(2) Even with most of the better whiskies, when you break it down to cost per measue (Irish measure is 35.5ml, so therefore about 20 in a 700ml bottle) it still works out cheaper than the price of a pint of Guinness in the average Dublin Pub!
(3) It's also an investment , kind of. I just worked out the other night that if it all went horribly wrong and I'd no money to spend I currently have enoungh whiskey in the house to get me drunk 3 days a week for about 4 years.
Yes I know, the things accountants think about are kinda weird.