Do you have a Christmas cupboard?
We do, because as much as I say that you don’t need to spend a fortune on extra food and drink over Christmas and that a giant tub of Twiglets is never a good idea, even if it’s in a Christmassy box, I am partial to the odd food and drink treat over the festive period.
Rather than do a big Christmas shop right before Christmas and spend a fortune on the treats we all like for Christmas, I have a Christmas cupboard (actually, it’s a huge bag on top of the fridge but we’ll call it a Christmas cupboard as everyone else I know who does this has an actual cupboard set aside).
About the time that Christmas treats start appearing in the shops, I start adding a couple of bits and bobs to my shopping trolley each week to start stocking my Christmas cupboard. This year that meant I started about the middle of October seeing as the shops had Christmas things out before they had their full Halloween ranges out!
I buy the obvious Christmas treats like a box of Roses, Quality Street and some After Eight mints as well as savoury snack food like Pringles and nuts. I also buy things like dream topping and custard to make trifles along with shortbread which I only ever buy at Christmas.
Then there’s the advocaat for snowballs which never fails to remind me of my Nana as does Babycham so we always buy some of that too. For the kids I also buy J20 drinks and Mr Frugal, although he doesn’t drink much, does like some bottles of WKD so he can have an odd drink over Christmas.
I don’t have a list of things that I want to buy for the Christmas cupboard as it really is just a case of 1 or 2 things a week if I see something on offer. The J20 drinks for example were half price in Tesco a week or so ago so I bought a couple of those whereas the week before that I bought some After Eight mints that were on offer.
We try not to touch anything in the Christmas cupboard until about the 23rd December so we have plenty of our favourite treats for over Christmas and because I’m buying something every week, I don’t feel like we’ve spent a fortune out of that all important December pay that has to last until the end of January.
What’s your Christmas cupboard essential?
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