Have a money-saving Christmas feast
Check out these top tips for a frugal Christmas dinner!
You don’t have to be Ebenezer Scrooge to save money on Christmas dinner!
The earlier you start to plan your Christmas Day blowout, the better. For many, it’s the most important meal of the year, but you don’t have to fork out a fortune.
So here’s our menu for a successful Christmas dinner that won’t break the bank.
Make a shopping list and stick to it. Only buy what you need and don’t be tempted by overpriced goodies that you could do without.
Just because it’s Christmas, don’t feel that you have to buy the most expensive brands. Own brands are often just as good.
Don’t assume the supermarket you normally use will be the cheapest. Use a comparison site such as mysupermarket.co.uk to find the best deal.
Try not to buy pre-prepared vegetables as these can work out much more expensive than chopping and peeling your own. You could shop at local markets or farm shops for value for money. And don’t forget deep discounters such as Lidl and Aldi.
Make your own gravy instead of using granules. This can work out cheaper and can be much tastier too.
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Try to cook several dishes at one time if you can. For example, if you are cooking vegetables, do them all together in a steamer.
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Consider asking members of the family to bring a dish each to ease the pressure of you doing all the cooking. Each person could bring a pudding or a selection of cheese, to leave you to concentrate on the main dish.
To make your dessert go further, why not make a lighter alternative? Crumble Christmas pudding or mince pies and mix with ice cream, then put back in the freezer. It’s a good way to use up leftovers too.
Fruit is the cheapest and healthiest option though. Serve with ice cream for those who still have plenty of room!
Bulk buy your alcoholic drinks at wholesalers or discount stores, or try the Supermarket Own Brand guide to find cheap grog.
You could also ask everyone to bring a bottle each to help lighten the load.
Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Let us know if you have any different tips for a frugal Christmas dinner, and we hope you enjoy yours!