Christmas on a Budget

Not long now! Just a couple of weeks to go and it will be Christmas! No doubt you are still running around getting last minute presents and preparing for the holidays.

 

Although Christmas is probably the most expensive time of year, you can do Christmas on a budget. We posted a few weeks ago when we talked about avoiding the Christmas spending hangover, so today we thought with just a couple of weeks left we will focus on food and entertaining!

 

Here’s our Top 5 Tips

 

Shop Around

 

When it comes to food there are always savings to be made. We have listed further down the cheapest supermarkets when it comes to Christmas dinner. As you can see there is a lot of difference, so spend the time shopping around to get the most from your budget.

 

Save Leftovers

 

Christmas leftovers are so delicious! You can make your turkey go a long way with sandwiches, stews and curries. Be creative. If you are having buffet food, again put the food in the fridge for the next event and you’ll find you won’t need to buy as much!

 

Share the Entertaining

 

If you have people coming over or if you are going to other places, share the entertaining. Ask people to bring something and if you ask enough people you might end up just having to do only one course. Everyone is always more than happy to bring something and contribute, so don’t be shy and ask!

 

Go to Supermarkets Late

 

Shopping later in the day usually means you get the best deals. Although it is going to be busy this time of year, over the Christmas period it will be quieter and there will be lots of discounts, so go later in the day or evening and pick up some bargains!

 

Keep it Simple

 

We all love Christmas but allow yourself to enjoy the experience. Don’t feel pressured into spending what you cannot afford. Often the simplest things are always the best so try to keep your Christmas dinner menu simple and the same for other buffets and entertaining. You could do a whole pot of chilli or something similar and feed a large party and it would cost you far less than putting on an elaborate spread that a lot of which may get left anyway.

 

To help you along your way, here’s the Good Housekeeping’s Top 10 supermarkets for the cheapest Christmas dinner. This is based on 8 people so if you have fewer people then it will be even less!

 

Aldi: £22.03

Lidl: £24.57

Iceland: £24.81

Tesco: £28.08

Asda: £29.68

Morrisons: £31.12

Co-op: £31.26

Sainsbury’s: £35.40

Waitrose: £40.02

Marks and Spencer: £49.90

 

Whatever you are doing this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time…enjoy!