This year I’m planning my first ever Christmas Eve Reduced Shop. While I’m not brave enough to leave it that late for all my Christmas food shopping I’m hoping I can get some bargains that will last me well into January.
Christmas Eve is the best night of the year to go yellow sticker hunting. As every big supermarket closes for Christmas Day there should be loads of bargains to be had, especially on fresh produce.
This year will be first that I’ve gone out on out specifically to do a Christmas Eve reduced shop. We go on Honeymoon in January and I’m hoping to stock up my freezer enough that I won’t need to shop at all again before we go. I am also hosting New Years Eve this year so hoping to grab a few bits to feed all my hungry party goers too.
As this is my first year doing a big Christmas Eve reduced shop I asked a few people for advice. Here’s what Jessica Slater from Scrimpulse had to say . . .
“Christmas Eve is a great time to get some reduced bargains. You would want to go near closing times for the lowest price on food. You might also find Christmas trees and decorations for great prices and would also be a good time to stock up on pressies for next year. Please note you won’t be guaranteed discounts so don’t expect to get everything for your Christmas dinner the night before the big day”
Would you be brave enough to leave all your Christmas this late? You could save a fortune if you are! If it is something you are planning here are my top tips.
1. It’s all in the planning
Turning up at the supermarket all ready to do your reduced shop to find they’re closed would be very disappointing. Most supermarkets do close earlier than usual on Christmas Eve so make sure you know when to go. The best bargains can usually be had around an hour before closing time. Most of the Supermarkets near me either close at 6pm or 7pm.
2. Make a list
Sounds obvious but if there is stuff you need or really want it’s good to have a list. I can be terrible for forgetting things at the supermarket especially when I get distracted by all the yellow sticker bargains! Be sure to grab things like milk if you this is your main shop.
3. Set a budget
I will definitely be setting a budget when I go on my Christmas Eve reduced shop . This will help me prioritize which foods to buy and not be too overwhelmed by all the bargains and just buy everything in sight!
4. Don’t go Mad
Christmas is a time of excess and it’s really easy to go overboard and buy everything you find, especially if it’s reduced. Make sure everything you buy is actually food that will be eaten by you and your family. It’s not a bargain if it gets thrown in the bin!
5. Prepare before you go
If you plan to buy a lot of reduced goodies on Christmas Eve make sure you have space for them before you go. It’s no good having lots of cheap food if you have nowhere to store it. Once food is home I will often take it out of bulky packaging and pop into plastic containers or food bags to save space in the freezer. Try not to overfill your fridge. This can prevent it from working properly and food will get too warm.
6. Look out for non perishables too
As well as fresh produce keep an eye out for bargain Christmas wrapping paper and cards. These should have been reduced right down by Christmas Eve. Put them away to save money next Christmas.
Are you planning a Christmas Eve reduced shop? I’d love to hear how you get on! These tips could also be applied to New Years Eve as many big Supermarkets shut early then too and are closed on New Years Day. Thanks to Jessica for her help with this post, be sure to check out her blog at www.scrimpulse.com