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Get Christmas dinner for cheaper, say mySupermarket

There’s no doubt that eating and drinking is a big part of Christmas. But the costs can quickly add up. How can you make sure you enjoy the indulging without the overspending?

The average UK consumer thought they would spend £110 on food and drink last year, according to our research.

But there's good news. Grocery price comparison company mySupermarket tells us the cost of Christmas dinner is actually going down.

Between 2012 and 2014 they found the cost of an average Christmas dinner including veg, stuffing and Yorkshire puddings fell 6% to under £50 for an average family basket.

However, there are still plenty of opportunities to overspend on your festive feast.

We asked Terri at mySupermarket to tell us how you can have all the trimmings for less with these simple tips.

Four festive food tips

1. Festive Freezers

Your freezer can be your best friend during the festive season as it can help you spread the cost of your Christmas food bill over a longer period. Some items even work out cheaper frozen.

Fresh duck and goose has risen in price 6% over the past few years, but the frozen equivalent has actually fallen by over 20%. 

Start stocking up now and you’ll also guarantee that if you do forget something close to the big day, you’ll have a back-up in the freezer.

2. Make a list, Check it twice!

Shortly after Halloween we all tell ourselves that this Christmas we will be organised, flawless and on budget. And then Christmas chaos begins and even the best laid plans go out the newly frosted window!

However you can make your Christmas shop easier and your food bill smaller with just one action: make a list.

Dedicate 30 minutes to working out what you need this year and then spend another 15 checking your cupboards to make sure you don’t already have 3 pots of mince waiting from last year.


3. Shop around at different supermarkets and independent delis too

Variety is the spice of life and this is also true for your Christmas dinner table. 70% of shoppers now choose to break their shop into multiple stores throughout the week rather that do one “big”shop.

Use mySupermarket to compare the major supermarkets and you may find that your veg maybe cheaper in Tescos but your puds are best bought at Sainsburys.

mySupermarket SHOPS also lets you shop from independent merchants across the UK. You may find that a seasonal veg box direct from the farm store offers better value for money and can also save you time and hassle. Take a look!

4. Homemade vs shop bought

One of the best things about Christmas is getting into the spirit and there are few things better than homemade Christmas treats!

Jazz up value range mince with a shaving of orange peel or spice up house wine with Christmas seasoning for your own mulled wine.

Treats with a pastry base (mince pies, tarts and mini quiches) can all work out cheaper if you opt for homemade, but don’t be afraid to take advantage of Christmas multibuy offers too.

Christmas puddings and other festive favourites can be cheaper if purchased in bulk but be honest with yourself, do you really need 8 figgy puddings?

Whatever you serve this year, make your Christmas dinner a Christmas cracker without putting your bank balance on the naughty list.

This guest post is from Terri Witherden and doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the Money Advice Service. You can find out more about and what they do on their website.

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