How to buy Christmas dinner for eight people for just £3 per head revealed

How to buy Christmas dinner for eight people for just £3 per head revealed

December 14, 2018

A supermarket price war means you can get as stuffed as the turkey this Christmas for less than £3 a head for a party of eight.

While experts say a rise in food prices means families face “the most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade”, there are still plenty of bargains to be found.

For anyone willing to shop around between the different stores to seek out the best deal for each item on our ­shopping list, the bill would be just £22.13 – or £2.77 per person.

But for those who prefer the convenience of doing their shopping in one supermarket, Lidl is the cheapest at £25.13, closely followed by Aldi at £25.94.

A Mirror investigation compared the cost of a basket of 11 Christmas dinner essentials, looking for the cheapest items in each of the 10 stores.

Our list includes a turkey, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, a Christmas pudding, brandy butter, mince pies and Christmas cake for eight.

The cheapest birds can be found in the frozen aisles of Aldi and Lidl, costing just £8.99 each.

Although Marks & Spencer was the third most expensive one-stop shop after Waitrose and Morrisons, it is currently the cheapest place to pick up potatoes at 40p for two kilos, 80p for 600g of loose parsnips and 40p for 800g of loose carrots.


Tesco has two 454g Christmas puddings on offer for £3, the cheapest jar of cranberry sauce at 54p and 500g bags of sprouts at 29p.

Gemma Goodfrey, the founder of money-saving website Moo.la said: “We’re facing the most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade.

“Extreme weather and a hot summer have hit this year’s harvest, driving food prices higher. Equally, importing food has become more expensive due to Brexit uncertainty and the weakening of our currency.

“Nevertheless, there are always bargains to be found if you shop around, as different supermarkets will be better value for different items meaning you can still feed your family, per head, for less than the cost of a pint of a beer. “

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