How easy is to beat the Xmas price rises?
Bird in the hand?It takes a bit of care but it can be done. For example, Iceland has kicked off the Christmas turkey war with a 5.4kg frozen bird for £14. That's quite a lot cheaper than the nearest equivalent bird - £20 - at Tesco.
A Sainsbury's frozen turkey starts from around £22 for a similar weight, for example. Last year the Grocer Magazine claimed that the price of an average 5-6kg bird was around £17. Even a year on, Iceland is significantly cheaper.
"We've worked extra hard this year," claims Iceland boss Malcolm Walker, "to be sure that our products offer a better price, or superior quality at a matching price, against what you'll find at the 'Big 4' supermarkets."
Price dropsIt's a more even match on veg and trimmings. However there have been some price dips, particularly with wine and beer. A Mail survey found that a bottle of Hardy's Stamp Shiraz had fallen, depending on where you shop, from £5.92 to £5 while four cans of Stella had been clipped to £3.50 compared to £4.06.
You could also consider guinea fowl, partridge and duck.
£1.70 eachLast week we demonstrated how Christmas dinner could be put together for a total of £1.70 each, though at the time time there wasn't much information available on the price of frozen turkeys - that's changed now.
Don't forget the likes of Aldi and Lidl. If you prefer free-range, Aldi is offering a free range pure breed bird from 19th December; it's likely it will be extremely competitive on price. Lidl look strong on Christmas nibbles with Maple Butter Fudge boxes from £1.49 and 'luxury' boxes of fruit and nuts at £1.99.
Christmas doesn't need to gobble your budget - unless you let it.