Christmas on a budget – Plan the food shopping

Christmas on a budget – Plan the food shopping

Christmas is coming and money is getting tight. With the party season approaching these money saving tips for cheap meals and warming winter food will make your money last longer.


Organise your Christmas food list for the weeks ahead to avoid spending extra cash and buying festive food at its most expensive.

Winter food from cupboard essentials
When the weather is unpredictable and spontaneous nights out with friends mean you don’t know who is going to be home for an evening dinner through the week, don’t waste money on buying too much fresh food in advance. Instead, stock your cupboard with enough basics to make a meal on the spot, and pick up fresh groceries as you need them.
Check out Kitchen cupboard essentials for standby suppers.

Cheap food shopping for entertaining at home
Around festive periods many high street shops do great offers on bulk buying treats like crisps and soft drinks. Buy these in advance and store them away so you’ve got something easy to pull out when guests come over.
If you are having a party, you might well find that cooking dishes yourself is far cheaper than buying ready-made party food, plus it’ll taste so much better. Get inspired ideas for easy buffet food with our Hearty party food short-cuts.

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Get out the Christmas recipes & start planning
Make a list of what you really need so you don’t over-shop. Highlight dishes you can make in advance and freeze, and items that you can buy and store. You’ll find that some ingredients and treats (like Christmas cake) are offered cheap a few weeks before December 25, so knowing what you want means you can save money before demand pushes prices up.

Savvy tip - Christmas party food for less
Parties don’t have to be all about how much you spend. Why not try something from our article, Throwing a great party on a tight budget.

Pass it on – keep Christmas costs down
A little bit of thinking ahead can help you space out your spending to make it more manageable, so do the same with all your festive costs. Check out our Christmas on a budget – the savvy guide to saving money this year.

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