Those who are particularly organised are likely to have already got their supermarket delivery slot booked. But with a major cost of living crisis hanging over the UK, it could well be a pared back year for many.
Food prices have been one of the biggest drivers of the record inflation we’ve seen throughout the last 12 months. The cost of everything from milk to bread and meat to vegetables has risen considerably.
Even supermarket value ranges have seen hikes, with the price of many basic products rising well-above the rate of inflation. Traditional Christmas fare has not escaped these rises, with turkey in particular seeing major increases due to the bird flu crisis.
So, if you’re considering your options this Christmas, which out of the UK’s five biggest supermarkets is offering the cheapest deal for a typical Christmas dinner this year?
How have we decided who’s offering the cheapest Christmas dinner?
Supermarkets have begun to offer meal deals for Christmas dinners. However, in a bid to be the cheapest, they have opted to throw in some substitute items (like frozen peas) and leave out others (like stuffing) to keep prices down.
Of course, with finances tight, many people may not be able to afford all of the traditional fare. So, NationalWorld fully accepts that these deals might fit the bill for a lot of people.
But we also wanted to see how much it would set you back to source all of the food items you would normally expect to find on a Christmas dinner plate. So, we have trawled through each major supermarket’s online site to look for the following items:
- Pigs in blankets
- Brussels sprouts
- Cranberry sauce
- Bread sauce
- Brandy butter
- Christmas pudding
We have tried to select products that are big enough to comfortably feed four adults. Sometimes items that are a bit larger work out as better value for money, but we have gone for the cheapest shelf price.
Wherever possible, we have also chosen what we deem to be like-for-like products across the UK’s biggest five supermarkets. But sometimes, the cheapest item that can feed four is slightly different from what you find at other retailers.
Prices may vary, but were correct at the time of writing. Here’s a product-by-product break down:
- Tesco British frozen small basted whole turkey bird (2.6Kg-3.8KG) - £14 (£5.39/kg)
- Sainsbury’s small British turkey crown (1.5kg-1.9kg) - £16 (£9.41/kg)
- Asda basted small British turkey (average 2.6kg) - £13.50 (£5.19/kg)
- Aldi Ashfields small fresh Turkey crown (average 1.445kg) - £12.93 (£8.95/kg)
- Morrisons small Turkey crown (0.99kg-1.99Kg) - £8.99 (£6.03/kg)
Pigs in blankets
- Tesco 12 British pigs in blankets (222g) - £2.50
- Sainsbury’s Butcher’s Choice British pork & British bacon pigs in blankets x12 (260g) - £3 (down from £3.25)
- Asda scrummy 12 pigs in blankets (222g) - £2.40
- Aldi Let’s Party pigs in blankets x12 (240g) - £1.99
- Morrisons 12 Pigs In Blankets (210g) - £2.25
Winners: Tesco and Aldi
Winners: Tesco and Aldi
Winners: Tesco and Asda
- Tesco cube crackers 12-pack silver - £4
- Sainsbury’s Habitat mini crackers silver dots 6-pack - £6
- Asda George Home recyclable family gold cube crackers 12-pack - £3
- Aldi N/A (we could not find an Aldi equivalent of this product either in store or online)
- Morrisons silver family Christmas crackers 12-pack - £4
- Tesco: £30.11
- Sainsbury’s: £36.48
- Asda: £30.27
- Aldi: £28.51 (missing one item)
- Morrisons: £24.70