Christmas dinner on a budget

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FIRSTLY, CAN EVERYONE PLEASE APPRECIATE HOW NICELY I DRESSED THE TABLE.


As all of my friends and family know, I absolutely love Christmas, and one of the main reasons for that is the massive heaps of food that are dished out throughout the day. As a university student, and having to live alone, I always dread the food shop that me and my housemates have for Christmas dinner knowing that it can be a bit pricey, especially after having bought my boyfriend's presents from this week's wages. This is how our Christmas dinner looked today, after we all only chucked in £6 each, including crackers, tablecloths and napkins too.



Here are a few tips and hints on how to have your Christmas dinner at a good price and still ensure that it's absolutely delicious.

IMPROVISE
Obviously you can't just have a potato and a bit of meat on your plate, everyone needs their daily greens and a good ball of stuffing. Check your cupboards and your freezer before you go to see what you have lurching around, to save you from buying anything new.

BUY FROZEN
One of the first places to look for majority of ingredients is the fridge, but quite a lot of the time, frozen usually is cheaper, especially with meats and potatoes. For example, you can buy 4 potatoes for £1 in tesco, but if you go to the frozen aisle, you get slightly more for the same price. Plus, they are already roasted so all you need to do is pop them in the freezer to save the hassle.

DON'T ALWAYS BUY FROM THE OBVIOUS OFFERS AISLES
You know the aisles that I mean, the edges of each aisle that display cranberry sauce for a quid in big writing. This instantly makes you think that it's a really good deal, however, there are usually cheaper (less branded) ones on that aisle but further in, so always go and look at the alternatives.

CALCULATE
This is something that me and my housemates are not particularly good at because our eyes are definitely bigger than our bellies. Before you take your supermarket trip, calculate exactly what you will need and how much of it. Usually, you will buy more than enough and things will just go to waste. This is an example of how much food I actually left when I decided it was game over:



I hope this helps, and don't forget to over-indulge and have a piece of turkey for me.





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