It’s OK to use supermarket points and gift cards to buy presents
TURKEY & TRIMMINGS
Unless you love turkey, why not go for chicken to save money? It’s cheaper and some say not as dry as turkey, though that could just be down to my cooking skills!
And to save waste, why not go for a crown or Iceland’s Boneless Butter Basted chicken? This one’s a roast from frozen version, costs £6 and feeds up to eight people (1.25kg), so less than £1 a serving!
When it comes to the trimmings, buying frozen rather than fresh saves money and with vegetables, you only get out what you need on the day.
I’d keep a couple of vegetarian alternatives on standby in the freezer. This way you’ll have something ready to whip out and pop in the oven if an extra guest arrives who doesn’t eat meat. If you don’t use it, it will keep for an easy meal between Christmas and New Year!
Don’t buy a table full of sauces and condiments that will sit in the back of the fridge all year; you really only need bread sauce, cranberry and gravy.
Plan a buffet “leftovers” lunch for Boxing Day. This is a chance to use up any food from the day before. You can always have a cheeseboard on standby if you’re worried there won’t be enough!
Avoid the usual waste