Hundreds of households looking to cut back on Christmas spending, poll finds | The Sun

NEARLY one in five adults already have a cupboard full of Christmas food – having stocked up in the sales.

Chocolate, wine, Christmas pudding and stuffing are the most common foods to be stashed-away during the year.

The poll of 2,000 adults who celebrate Yuletide even found 39% would buy all their festive food months before, if it didn’t run the risk of going off.

More than a third (35%) are looking to reduce their festive outgoings compared to last year, and the same percentage worried about the cost of their Christmas meal this year.

The survey was commissioned by Aldi, which has announced a "Christmas Price Lock" available during the festive period.

Prices of key food staples including a range of whole fresh turkeys, turkey crowns, pigs in blankets, Christmas puddings, and festive vegetables will remain the same as they were in 2022.

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The research found as people look to curb their expenditure, the main foods which people will cut back on or remove altogether include pigs in blankets (27%), roast potatoes (27%) and even the beloved turkey (28%).

This is despite turkey (26%), roast potatoes (18%) and pig in blankets (11%) being the one item they simply couldn’t live without this Christmas.

To further reduce outgoings, one in five are also planning to spend the Christmas Day meal with less people – going from four to three this year.

Aunties and uncles topped the list of those most likely to be uninvited (15%), closely followed by mother-in-law (12%) and father-in-law (11%), the OnePoll research found.

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And the selfless among those polled (16%) are even considering uninviting themselves from Christmas, to save costs for family and friends.

Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “We believe that everyone is entitled to the best Christmas they can have, which is why we’re introducing the Aldi Christmas Price Lock to help our customers up and down the country enjoy the Christmas dinner they deserve with the ones they love.”

Top items Brits have already stocked up on for Christmas:

  1. Tins of chocolate
  2. Wine
  3. Christmas pudding
  4. Stuffing
  5. Nuts
  6. Prosecco
  7. Cream crackers
  8. Mince pies
  9. Gravy
  10. Champagne

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