As much as everybody loves to celebrate and have fun at Christmas, the fact is that the cost can mount up. After buying gifts for friends, relatives and co-workers, it’s time to start treating yourself and your family to a banquet of delicious festive food. The cost of this can rise almost as high as the gift-buying bill, but there are a few ways you can cut the cost down to size.
Buy From Discount Shops
When it comes to a special occasion like Christmas, many people who usually have no problem with discount shops start to turn away from them. After all, if it’s a special occasion, you really want to buy the best don’t you?
This can be true, but sometimes the idea that you need to spend more in order to buy the best is a misconception. An independent test on this year’s mince pie options declared Aldi (the cheapest in the test) to be the best. Lidl came in joint second with Marks and Spencer, meaning that both of these discount options beat the likes of Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason.
Prepare Food Yourself
Christmas is a busy time, and ready-to-cook or ready-to-serve foods might look tempting. However, things like pre-prepared vegetables or ready-cooked sausages in bacon can cost a lot more than their raw counterparts. If you want an easy way to save money, preparing these food items yourself is a great way to do it. Busy as you may be, it doesn’t take long to peel and chop vegetables. Things that will be cooked in the oven, meanwhile, can probably be popped in while you’re doing things like roast potatoes for Christmas dinner, meaning they will take hardly any extra time or effort.
Ask Guests to Help
If you are having a Christmas party with a buffet-style meal or even just inviting family over, it is more cost-effective if everybody contributes something. You may want to seek like a kind and generous host, but nobody will mind to being asked to “bring a bottle” or contribute something to the snack table. This will save you having to buy so much food and drink yourself, saving your money. It’s true your guests will be picking up the slack, but it will be divided between them into small chunks and they are likely to recognise that it’s only fair since they will be partaking in food as well. This is also an easy way to ensure everybody has access to at least one thing they like.