My rugby team sets a challenge for our Secret Santa every year, something to revel in and dread at the same time. This year the challenge was to provide your Secret Santa for exactly £3.47 and provide a receipt to prove it. In addition to this task, this year I was also cooking the Christmas Dinner for 30 – Yes you heard me 30 people all paying £5 a head wanted meat, potatoes, veg, stuffing and pigs in blankets. Now as a professional money saver the challenge of feeding 30 people two courses and decorating for £150 was not daunting but the budget for my gift was.
Christmas Dinner for Four at just £3.30
Every now and then you have a brain wave about your Secret Santa. But wandering around Sainsbury’s less than 12 hours till I am serving, I remember I haven’t done anything about my Secret Santa, Now I have no time left. I would class myself as a creative mind. I would also say that I am good with finding a bargain. So stood still in the middle of an aisle I spot some sprouts and I know what my Secret Santa goal is….. What better gift to my lucky recipient than there vey own takeaway Christmas Dinner.
So trawling through the latest offers and bargains at Sainsburys (which you can find here). I found Christmas Dinner for 4 at just £3.30
- Bag of Carrots – 25p
- Bag of Sprouts – 25p
- Bag of Parsnips – 25p
- 4 Large Potatoes – 80p
- Bernard Matthews Turkey Breast - £1.75
Here is the receipt to prove it and yes my budget was £3.47 so you will see that I also got 17p worth of chicken bites from the deli to hit my target but its not quite enough to claim I managed a starter as well.
So yes, I managed a Christmas Roast Dinner for well under £4 for 4. However, I appreciate that meat you normally put in sandwiches is not quite the gorgeous turkey you were planning. The girls in the office also started shouting about everything it didn't include.
But What About the Trimmings
In the interest of fairness, I have also sourced the rest of your Christmas Dinner at budget prices. Not everyone shops at Sainsburys so I have gotten a selection of the best bargains from the high streets most well known stores. All supermarkets do similar offers but prices may vary.
- Iceland Pigs in Blankets - £2
- Sainsburys Basics Stuffing – 20p
- Aldi Broccoli – 49p
- Tesco Half Swede – 75p
- Asda Turkey Breast Fillets - £3.29
My top tip to keep the pennies down is also check the cupboards before you shop. Do you have some stuffing lingering around, left forgotten after a roast in November? We all have certain staples in the cupboard so make sure you check you don’t have gravy, cranberry sauce or the stuffing lying around before you start shelling out a few more pounds.
Budget Christmas Dinner for 4 at only £8.28
If you take out my cheating turkey and replace it with budget turkey fillets from Asda you can achieve a Christmas Roast Dinner for under £10. Actually with a full £1.70 left you can buy a Vienetta for a £1 at most supermarkets and with 72p change you can provide a 2 course Christmas Meal for the family. I have to say that I received a lovely cactus for my Secret Santa which I was very pleased although my fellow team mate did not seem all that impressed with my bargain and frankly ingenious money saving Secret Santa. But between me and you I think her Mum (who is paying for her Christmas Dinner) probably would be.
All these items can be found on our Supermarket Pages with lots of other offers and discount available. Not forgetting that if you use My Favourite Voucher Codes we will donate 20% of the profits we make from your bargain shop to Charity. If after all that you still want a laugh we also had to have glitter beards so here is yours truly in Christmas Jumper and Glitter Beard
Posted By: Tegan Groombridge - - 21st December 2017