I know I’m a bit early but…..
Christmas Dinner is a massive part of Christmas Day and it’s my favourite part of the whole day (apart from the presents obviously lol) but the thing I have a problem with is spending so much money on one meal. The most important thing to me about Christmas Dinner is all of the family sat round the table together having fun and you don’t need to spend much money to do that.
Don’t get me wrong, we do spend more than usual on our Christmas dinner but ultimately it’s just a Sunday dinner and you can only eat so much can’t you? We usually have a starter like Prawn cocktail or pate on toast followed by beef or chicken (we don’t do turkey) with yorkshire puddings, mash, roasties and a few different veggies followed by Baileys cake for pudding. Simples 🙂
However, for those of you who go for the whole shebang, I thought you might be interested to know that you can serve up Christmas dinner for just £2.63 per person which is pretty good you ask me. The researchers at the Good Housekeeping Institute say that if you shop around, you can make a full Christmas dinner for eight people for just £21.04 including Christmas cake, Christmas pud and the essential mince pies!
Apparently, the best place to buy your turkey is Lidl where the researchers found one down for £9.99 – the Maitre Special Frozen Turkey. It weighs between 3.8kg and 4.2kg so plenty for Christmas lunch…. and tea…. and Boxing day pie…. and the traditional turkey curry. You can also buy a 1kg bag of carrots for 49p from Lidl. Next, you need to move on to Asda where you can buy a 200g jar of cranberry sauce for only 68p. You can also buy some sweet suff here with two of 454g Christmas cake bars costing just £2.08, two packs of Smart Price mince pies costing just £1.26, two Smart Price Christmas puddings for £2.08 and a 150g tub of brandy butter for £1.18. Finally, if you’re still standing, pop over to Morrison’s where you can get a 2kg bag of King Edward potatoes for just £1 and two 500g bags of parsnips for £1.
There you have it, a frugal Christmas Dinner meal 😉
To me though, it wouldn’t be Christmas Dinner without yorkshire puds, stuffing, cauliflower cheese and sausages wrapped in bacon so I guess I’m not quite as frugal as I thought I was.
What about you, what are your Christmas Dinner essentials?