Would you like to save money on Christmas Dinner? If yes ,it is all about the planning. Make a list, check it twice and remove any unnecessary menu options. Think about what you had leftover last year. If you serve a particular food to satisfy a tradition, but nobody eats it, stop. Start a new tradition and replace it with something people will eat! Previous generations of your family would not like to see food being bought and then it being wasted.
If the cost of Christmas dinner is too much for you in one go, spread the cost. It is not too late to make a start. Buy a few items ready for Christmas dinner each week. This can be a huge benefit to you by helping to spread the cost of Christmas.
My other top tip is to start putting money on supermarket Gift Cards each week. You will soon have a nice nest egg ready for your Christmas food shop. I suggest supermarket Gift Cards because you are limited as to what it can be spent on. Remember you are going to spend this money anyway.
Read our course by course guide on how to save money on Christmas dinner.
Canapes & Starters
Canapes are one of my favourite things about any occasion, whether its simple crisps and dip (probably doesn’t meet the definition of canape) or mini goats cheese tarts – I love them. However they do add extra expense to your Christmas food budget and I would also say have a direct correlation to the amount of food which is not eaten for your main meal and potentially wasted.
If you do need to have canapes and starters try to go for light options which are not too heavy on the budget or the appetite.
Simple options such as a sharing board or soup which can be bought or made well in advance (to help spread the cost) will be kinder to your budget than a lobster thermidor.
I’m one of those people who could easily just have a starter and a dessert on Christmas Day.
I’m not a fan of Christmas Cake or Christmas Pudding so not something I would ever buy as it would just be wasted. However most other desserts a fair game!
Planning what desserts you are having is very similar to the principles of planning your baking. Make sure you are making desserts which require as little specialist ingredients and equipment as possible to maximise your budget.
A lot of Christmas desserts are left over at the end of the day so try to plan something on your menu which will keep in the fridge for a few days so you are not wasting it.
Large joints of meat are expensive in the run up to Christmas, there is no getting away from it.
Allocate an amount of your budget to what ever meat your family prefer and hunt out the best deals. There can be a lot of waste with certain cuts of meat so look around for other options which give you the best parts of the meat (for example a turkey crown versus a whole turkey).
The options for sourcing your meat are endless; local farm shops and butchers, big supermarkets, or ordering something pre-prepared from the likes of Waitrose or Marks and Spencer where you only have to take the wrapper off and put it in the oven.
This is one of the biggest areas where you can save money on Christmas Dinner.
In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, buy your vegetables and prepare them and then freeze them. Doing a little each week can help spread the cost (you could also pick up vegetables which are close to their sell by date and marked for quick sale) and save you time on the big day.
The same can be done for meat sides like pigs in blankets, stuffing balls, and Yorkshire puddings.
Hi, I’m Sharlene. A qualified accountant, IT consultant and Mum of three. I started to write this blog as I see lots of new Mums on social media not knowing where to start with their finances. My goal is to be a one stop shop for all things family finance and hopefully have some fun along the way.
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