Blogmas #7 Christmas Dinner on a Budget

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With Christmas Day getting nearer by the minute those who are on a tight budget will be dreading the Christmas dinner shop, if you haven’t yet already started! Christmas is synonymous with devouring every piece of food in sight and loading up the cupboards until they are bursting with food and drink. But the truth is, we just don’t need all that. The biggest tip I can share with you is to not go crazy – buy the essentials first and then with anything that is left over, treat yourself and your family.

Remember: the most important part of Christmas Day is to enjoy your time spent with family and close loved ones, everything else is an added bonus! The next in line is the Christmas dinner, so don’t go overboard. Buy the ingredients for dinner, first.

The ‘Essentials’ for Christmas Dinner

  • Turkey (or chicken)
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • Gravy Granules

If Your Budget Stretches

  • Pigs in Blankets
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce

Where possible, make your own food! Sometimes it can work out cheaper, but equally it can be just as expensive. One food item that falls between the line is roast potatoes. They are only cheaper providing you already have them at home, or would use them up with other meals, otherwise they can work out more expensive and cheaper to buy them frozen.

Perfect Roast Potato Recipe

Here’s how to get perfectly crispy yet fluffy potatoes, every time.

  1. Preheat the oven at gas mark 6
  2. Peel and chop up the potatoes, then place in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes
  3. Drain the water and whilst in the drainer, sprinkle with a spoonful of flour and shake until the potatoes become more ‘rough’ around the edges
  4. Place them on a tray of hot oil and cook for 40 minutes

Feed Your Family for £10

For those who want a hassle-free option that provides everything you need, for minimal price, then this next deal is right up your street! One of the best deals I have seen recently is from The Co-Op. From 16th December until Boxing Day, you can feed a family of four on Christmas Day for just £10. The deal includes everything you need for a classic Christmas dinner! But be quick, no-one knows how long stocks will last.

In this deal:

  • Bernard Matthews Turkey Crown
  • Aunt Bessie Homestyle Roast Potatoes
  • Aunt Bessie Honey Glazed Roast Parsnips
  • Aunt Bessie Yorkshire Puddings
  • Aunt Bessie Stuffing Balls
  • Aunt Bessie Brussels Sprouts
  • Vienetta Ice Cream 650ml

Alternative Dessert

If ice cream isn’t quite what you had in mind for your Christmas dessert, then a more festive (and still cheap!) idea is to part make your own Yule Log. In most supermarkets, you can pick up a huge chocolate Swiss roll for £1, or under. While you’re there pick up some cheap chocolate, melt it and coat the Swiss roll. This is also perfect for getting the kids involved in the preparations! If you can afford it or already have some, then you could sprinkle over some icing sugar for a snowy effect.

Alcohol

For those who can afford to buy a drink (or two) for the celebrations but are looking for a good deal, two of the best I have seen are in Asda. Asda currently have an offer of 3 for £20 on 12 packs for a selection of beers, ciders and many more. They are also running a deal alongside this for a selection of white, rose and red wine as well as prosecco – 6 for £24.

Tip – if you are looking to buy your alcohol in bulk, then online shopping is the way forward! You can find a big range of good deals for buying in bulk – perfect if you’re planning on giving a few as presents, too!

What are your Christmas Day budget tips and ideas?

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