Christmas dinner is one of the highlights of the festive season, but it can also be a big drain on the budget. A family Christmas dinner can easily reach triple figures when you include drink, nibbles, chocolates, and all the other things that make it special.
With food costs rising, you’ve got to get creative to save some cash without losing any Christmas magic. With that in mind, here are our tips for Christmas dinner on a budget.
Don’t skimp on the turkey
For the main feature, go for the best you can afford. Cheaper turkeys may feel tempting, but they can often turn out to be a false economy, as you can end up getting less meat for your money. Another alternative is to go for a crown of turkey, which can be a lot cheaper and is actually easier to cook and carve.
Check the deli counter
When doing your supermarket shop, check the deli counter for things like cheese and nibbles. The price per weight can often be cheaper for the same products sitting prepacked on the shelf nearby. Don’t be seduced by Christmas versions in fancy packaging either; it’s the same product when it’s on your dinner table.
Make the most of discounts
If you’re organised, you can keep an eye on supermarket deals and discounts in the weeks before Christmas, and make the most of bargains when they come up. Doing everything in one big shop can mean you end up paying more for things you could have saved on, so buy whenever the opportunity comes up.
Make a list
Speaking of being organised, making a list (and checking it twice) can really help with keeping control of costs. Supermarkets do their very best to encourage you buy treats and extras in the run up to Christmas, so write down all the essential things that make Christmas dinner in your house and stick to it.
Make it yourself
Making things yourself can help you save a few quid here and there. Make your own gravy from the roasting juices of your turkey, and whip up some mince pies with cheap mince meat upgraded with fresh orange zest. You can even make your own crackers with kits from a craft shop, and add your own fun gifts.