Christmas brings with it the desire to create a festive feast, but this doesn’t mean your budget has to take a hit. Navigating the Christmas food shop can be a cost-effective and enjoyable experience with some forward planning.
With searches for ‘Christmas dinner 2023’ up by 36,100%1, the experts at Wren Kitchens have shared their tips to help you stretch your pounds while still impressing your guests.
1. Utilise supermarket loyalty programs
Most major supermarkets offer loyalty programs that can significantly enhance your savings. Whether it’s Tesco Clubcard, Sainsbury’s Nectar Card, or Morrisons More, signing up for these programs can unlock discounts, special offers, and even vouchers that can be used to offset your Christmas food expenses. Make sure to check for promotions and redeem your points during the festive season.
2. Take advantage of online deals and delivery services
Many supermarkets offer exclusive online deals, discounts, and promotions. Take advantage of these offers and consider using online delivery services. Not only does this save you time, but some online platforms may provide discounts for first-time users, helping you cut costs on your festive grocery list.
3. Plan your shopping around sales events
The lead-up to Christmas sees sales events, particularly during the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. Plan your Christmas food shopping around these events to take advantage of substantial discounts on everything from seasonal treats to kitchen essentials.
4. Embrace frozen and store-brand options
Opting for frozen and store-brand items can be a game changer when it comes to saving money. Many supermarkets in the UK offer high-quality own-brand products that are competitively priced. Additionally, frozen fruits, vegetables, and even meats can be more affordable and have a longer shelf life, reducing the risk of food wastage.
5. Plan for leftovers and reduce food waste
Planning for leftovers is not only practical but can also help you make the most of your Christmas food budget. Be intentional about portion sizes and consider how you can repurpose leftovers into new meals. This not only maximizes the value of your groceries but also reduces food waste, ensuring that every pound spent contributes to your festive enjoyment.
Darren Watts, Showroom Development and Design Director at Wren Kitchens comments on the tips: “As you start your Christmas food shopping journey remember that budget-friendly choices can still result in a festive and delightful spread. Plan your Christmas food shopping with your fridge layout in mind. Use clear containers to store leftovers and pre-prepared items. Organise items by category to make it easy to find what you need, reducing the chances of overlooking ingredients and letting them go to waste.”
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