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Christmas Day dinner: Cheapest Xmas food - Tesco, Asda or Sainsbury's?

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The Christmas dinner preparations are already underway in many households, as people begin to stock up on those festive essentials.

While the turkey tends to be the main part of most people’s Christmas dinners, the roast potatoes, brussels sprouts and stuffing are other foods you won’t want to forget.

And then there’s all the sweet treats including mince pies and Christmas pudding, meaning your supermarket bill can easily rack up into the hundreds once you add on alcohol.

So, where is cheapest supermarket to buy your Christmas Day dinner essentials this year?

Good Housekeeping today revealed the results of their annual Christmas dinner price research, revealing the cost of a Christmas dinner has risen by £1.36 within a year.

The supermarket that took the crown this year was Aldi, with its basket totalling to just £26.43 when all items were purchased at once.

This is how the supermarkets compare: 

1. ALDI £26.43 

2. Lidl £28.22

3. Asda £31.24 

4. Tesco £31.43 

5. Co-op £31.72

6. Morrisons £33.24 

7. Iceland £34.33

8. Sainsburys £34.50 

9. M&S £39.22

10. Waitrose £43.98

The items in the basket included a turkey, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, brandy butter and mince pies.

The same items are compared each year to give a true impression of whether prices are going up or down.

Good Housekeeping also found the Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were the only supermarkets to drop their prices.

Caroline Bloor, Consumer Affairs Director of Good Housekeeping explained why the cost of Christmas dinner has increased.

She said: “Consumers have had a lot of factors outside of their control affecting the cost of their Christmas Dinner this year! 

“The extreme weather at the beginning of the year alongside this summer’s heatwave has meant yields of crops were much lower than usual.

"This coupled with the weakened pound following the Brexit vote means that in a nutshell, food prices increased this year across the board – and consumers are footing part of the bill.

"There’s still plenty of bargains to be had with competition at an all-time high between retailers – but consumers may need to be willing to shop around!” 

Read the full results in Good Housekeeping’s January issue, on-sale 5th December. For more money saving advice this Christmas head to www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk.


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