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Wednesday, December 02 2009
In the months before Christmas you have to start thinking about how much budget you've got to spend on the whole event.

If your food budget is going to be small then you need to plan ahead and pick up an extra item each week prior to doing your Christmas shop. This can result in you having all the extras in and ready before you do the big shop for your Christmas Dinner. Take advantage of special offers too - look for vouchers enticing you to spend money now. If the items in question can be frozen or stored until Christmas then it can be advantageous to buy them using a discount voucher.

Some people use savings stamps at the supermarket as a way of paying for their Christmas. It can work well if you're not into saving at the bank, and you can often get a couple of free vouchers if you've started saving by a particular date. Have a read of the leaflets about the savings stamp scheme and you might find that it's worth you saving a couple of pounds each week in savings stamps. The brilliant thing is about them, if you get short of cash part way through the year you could always buy your groceries with them!

Use the weeks when you don't spend much to stock up on groceries that have long off use by dates. It's a great plan to keep a couple of bags of pasta in the cupboard as it's a cheap way of having a meal. Always read the dates on items when you're shopping. This applies to cans on BOGOFs as well as items that are in the fresh or chilled sections.

Look at bulk buying items too. Bigger packs of meat can be split up and frozen separately so you can the food in portion sized amounts. If you find bacon and sausages on offer and freeze the packets whole then unless you always use a full packet at a time, this can result in wastage. If you use 2 rashers of bacon at a time then use greaseproof paper and bags to separate up the items into proper portions.

Buying your vegetables for Christmas as last minute as possible is a good way of getting them in fresh, but you run the risk of them selling out, so plan when you're going and if you're going on the last shopping day, go early!

If you're planning on cooking turkey, ask at the butchers counter if you can order your turkey in advance. Many supermarkets will allow you to place an order for the size of turkey, or turkey crown that you want. This means you're not forced into buying one that's way too big at the last minute.

Posted by: Send a Meal AT 10:44 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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