Where to get your Christmas lunch cheapest


Updated on 21 November 2014 | 3 Comments

With Christmas right around the corner we look at how to feed the family without spending a fortune.

Whether you're cooking for friends, family, neighbours or acquaintances, keeping the cost low is key to a less stressful Christmas.

After comparing the prices of some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, we’ve discovered that Aldi is the cheapest one-stop shop for your festive feast. Every item makes up part of the classic Christmas dinner including turkey, Brussels sprouts, mince pies and brandy butter.

Morrisons has been the cheapest for the past two years running, with Aldi some way down the table so it's been quite the turnaround for the deep discounter.

Supermarket spend

As the table below shows, the cost of putting on a full Christmas dinner varies significantly. 

Supermarket

Total price

Price per head (eight people)

Aldi

£26.16

£3.27

Tesco

£28.84

£3.60

Lidl

£29.11

£3.63

Iceland

£31.04

£3.88

Co-operative

£31.95 £3.99

Sainsbury’s

£32.50

£4.06

Asda

£32.54

£4.07

Morrisons

£32.76

£4.09

Ocado

£50.32

£6.29

Waitrose

£57.69

£7.21

Here’s a breakdown of the full baskets. Please note that there will be variations between products depending on what each supermarket has to offer.

Item

Aldi

Tesco

Lidl

Iceland

Co-operative

Sains-

bury's

Asda

Morri-

sons

Ocado

Wait-

rose

Turkey

3.6-4.8kg

£11

£16

£9.99

£11

£11.76

£17

£16

£16

£27.94

£35.94

Potatoes

1kg

89p

50p

79p

75p

80p

70p

69p

89p

£1

66p

Brussels sprouts

1kg

99p

£1

89p

89p

£1

£1.20

99p

£1

£1.20

£1.20

Parsnips

750g

59p

90p

59p

£1.75

£1

90p

91p

69p

£1.19

£1

Carrots 1kg

55p

60p

55p

65p

85p

60p

57p

59p

60p

60p

Stuffing

85g

37p

15p

37p

N/A

85p

20p

15p

15p

60p

60p

Cranberry sauce

200g

65p

50p

99p

£1

£1.50

£1

82p

82p

£1.80

70p

Christmas pudding

Two at 454g (each)

98p

£1

£2.99

£2

£3

£1

£1.89

£2.50

£3

£3.50

Christmas cake

900g

£6.49

£4

£4.49

£7

£5

£7

£5

£3.99

£6

£6

Brandy butter 200g

£1.49

£1.89

£1.49

£2

£1.75

£1.60

£1.85

£1.85

£1.99

£1.99

Mince pies

Two packs of six

(each)

59p

65p

£1.49

£1

£1

£1.30

89p

89p

£1

£1

Total price

£26.16

£28.84

£29.11

£31.04

£31.95

£32.50

£32.54

£32.76

£50.32

£57.69

Prices correct at time of writing

As you can see, there’s a massive jump between Aldi and its most expensive competitor, Waitrose. Vegetables and potatoes are a pretty safe bet as they are more or less the same price across all supermarkets. It’s the larger items like turkey and Christmas cake where the gap really starts to show. Make sure you order your turkey early so you don't miss out.

Cash in on your loyalty

If you haven’t exchanged your supermarket loyalty points for a while, now’s the time to do it. Nectar card holders have until 24th November to double up their points while Tesco shoppers can boost their Clubcard points until the week before Christmas Day.  

Cut costs and have a bit of fun with the kids this Christmas by doing a little yuletide baking. Get experimenting with new takes on old favourites like mince pies and Christmas pudding. Why not head over to lovefood.com for a spot of inspiration?

Speaking of which, be sure to keep an eye out for lovefood's guide on how to source your local Christmas fare next Friday.

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What’s the plan for your Christmas food shopping this year? Let us know in the comments below

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