Tuesday 17 October 2017

Festive tonic as cost of Christmas dinner drops for consumers

Christmas dinners are getting cheaper
Christmas dinners are getting cheaper

The cost of Christmas dinner has dropped more than 10% since 2009 in some festive good news for consumers.

Good Housekeeping's annual Christmas dinner price index has found that hosts can feed eight people for under £20, or £2.48 a head, this year.

The figure, based on the price of 11 Christmas dinner essentials across 10 supermarkets, is a 10.9% drop since 2009 when the magazine began tracking the cost.

Of the 11 foods, six have gone down in price, including turkey, and three have stayed the same as last year.

Only the prices of Christmas pudding and mince pies have increased.

Aldi was the cheapest supermarket for buying the entire list at £22.03 - 11% cheaper than last year's winner Iceland, followed by Lidl in second place at £24.57.

Good Housekeeping consumer director Caroline Bloor said: "Supermarket shoppers will be relieved to see Christmas essentials are still so affordable.

"While five of the supermarkets have cheaper baskets this year, it's mainly thanks to the big decrease in the cost of these groceries at Aldi and Lidl that the overall basket is significantly cheaper. So think carefully where you shop or you could end up paying twice as much."

The Good Housekeeping £2.48-per-head Christmas dinner ingredients across all supermarkets are:

Turkey: Asda - £8 (2.8-4kg)

Potatoes: Aldi Maris Piper - 29p (2kg)

Stuffing mix: Asda and Morrisons - 30p

Brussels sprouts: Aldi - 58p

Carrots: Aldi - 29p (1kg)

Parsnips: Aldi - 58p

Cranberry sauce: Lidl and Asda - 55p (200g)

Christmas pudding: Aldi and Lidl - £3.49 (907g)

Brandy butter: Aldi and Lidl - £1.25 (200g)

Mince pies: Lidl Favorina - £1.49 (12-pack)

Christmas cake: Iceland - £3 (2 x 400g)

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