Amazon, $39.68 for a set of four
Higher-quality stemware is light and thin and makes a bell chime when you tap it with your fingernail (versus a dull rap-rap-rap). Riedel is a favorite, and it has an affordable Wine Series line. Target offers Riedel in a variety of shapes and sizes, all under $10 a glass. Also check out the Riedel-like Connoisseur collection at Cost Plus: less than $7 a glass.
Bodum, $9.95 for two
The emergence of stemless wineglasses is good news for a budget. Depending on the shape you choose, these can double as juice glasses or even cocktail tumblers, and they’re less prone to being knocked over. The Bodum So Long series is delicate looking but dishwasher safe, and made from scratchless, durable borosilicate glass.
Ikea, $4.99 for six
If you’re particularly clumsy, it’s not a bad idea to buy really cheap glasses for everyday use, like Ikea’s Svalka stemware. The series even has separate pieces for red, white, and sparkling wines. Hitting discount stores like Ross and Marshalls will also turn up good finds.