Not long left to shop
Whether it’s food or presents you’ve still got left to get – don’t panic. There’s still Saturday, Sunday and Monday left to buy what you need. This is plenty of time if you follow our 5 steps to last-minute Christmas success.
1 Make a to do list
What do you need to do? Take a seat, get yourself a nice cuppa and a large piece of paper. Write down what you need to do – think about what presents you need to buy, what food you need to get, if you need to make anything in advance of Christmas dinner, if you need to make sure the spare room is ready or you have enough chairs. Spending a bit of time now will reduce the amount of time you spending running round like a headless turkey!
2 Plan your meals
Use our and record who is coming to dinner and what you’re eating over the festive season.
3 Write a shopping list
Now you know what you’re eating and when – make a shopping list. Check what you’ve already got in your cupboards, fridge and freezer so you don’t end up with 3 jars of cranberry sauce and no cream for your mince pies. There will be festive offers at the supermarket which could save you money, though before you buy the 3 for the price of 1 mince pies make sure you know you have space to store them.
If you’ve still got presents to buy, work out what you want to get before you go to the shops. Wandering around the displays of possible presents without knowing what you want can lead to buying things that you won’t use which is a waste of money and your time. Check out our Thrifty gift ideas for inspiration.
A couple of things you might also want to add to your list
- Airtight plastic storage containers, use them to store food you prepare in advance and any leftovers you have to keep them fresh
- Ribbon, glitter and from Christmas magazines (the ones you buy and the free ones from the shops) to use in Christmas craft projects and for wrapping up gifts
4 Find out likes and dislikes
Before you head to the shops give your Christmas guests a quick call to find out if there’s anything you’re going to cook that they won’t eat. If no one will eat Brussels sprouts then don’t buy them!
If you have no idea what present to buy ask the person you’re buying for if they have a list or there’s something they’d particularly like. It may also be useful to ask if there’s anything they really don’t want, like a reindeer jumper or socks.
5 Go shopping
Remember to take your lists and re-usable shopping bags with you! Now you know what you need to buy and hopefully what you want you’ll be able to get all the shopping done in one trip out and be able to come back and start on the wrapping, preparing food and watching Christmas TV.
For more tips and ideas for making the most of everything you’ve bought for Christmas check out our Love Christmas Hate Waste web pages for other simple things you can do to save you time and money this festive season. You might like Making a list and checking it twice and festive food.