Christmas 2020 will be like no other…
Would you like to save money on Christmas party food? It is easy if you have a good plan?
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”Oprah Winfrey
At the time of writing this post, the ‘Rule of 6’ was in full force here in Worcestershire so the thought of any sort of Christmas gatherings do seem a little unachievable at the moment (especially as we are a household of five). You don’t need to feel like you are missing out with our budget party guide below.
1. Decide your budget
Remember our overall Christmas Budget? It is now time to decide what part of that budget you need to allocate to party food and drinks. These are all those little planned and unplanned gatherings you expect during the festive season.
The cost of these parties on their own is probably not huge. However, consider them as part of your overall Christmas money and you will be surprised.
2. Make a list of the events you are planning
Catch up with friends? Catch up with family? Drinks with the neighbours? Secret Santa party for the children with your friends?
Allow some space on the list for unplanned events.
3. Decide on a menu
Why bother with this step you ask? This is key to making sure you can host your parties within your budget and help save money on Christmas party food.
Try to stick to simple menu which you know can be kept within your budget.
Don’t plan a menu which means you will be stuck in the kitchen for the entire event while your guests entertain themselves.
4. Save money and reduce gifts
Go through your list of events and possible attendees – is there anyone on the list who you need to buy a gift for? If so make sure they are on your master list of gifts to buy so you don’t caught out having to buy something last minute which might cost more than you planned to spend.
5. Plan your shopping
Have a look at everything you need for your menu. What can you buy now? What can you prepare ahead (to freeze or store safely)? Is there anything you plan to make which could be bought cheaper? Is there anything you plan to buy which you could make cheaper?
Your goal should be to maximise your budget so you can have the celebrations without spending more than you need to or even worse go into debt. Remember to look for the best deals including any cashback deals.
If you have some boozy parties planned it is a good idea to start shopping around for offers on your favourite tipples. If you are like me though you will need to make sure you store everything away so the prosecco makes it to December!
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