£2.66 a head for Christmas dinner

christmasThanks to the increasingly heated rivalry between all the supermarkets, the price of a turkey and the trimmings has fallen. If you're feeding eight people, the price of your Christmas dinner will be £2.66 a head.

You can recalibrate the cost per head if you're the kind of person who does Christmas properly and feeds four people with eight people's worth of food where you all force it all down you like a hoard of gluttons.

Funnily enough, this cost of a Christmas dinner is actually cheaper than a Meal Deal from Tesco.

Anyway, this is the kicker: If you want a turkey, cranberry sauce, four types of vegetables, stuffing and three different desserts, if you shop around you can buy it for £21.31. Last year, according to the Good Housekeeping magazine, it would've set you back £21.84 and, in 2009, it would've cost £24.

Soon enough, the supermarkets will be so desperate for our custom, they'll just fire pre-cooked turkey dinners directly into our mouths for free with a t-shirt cannon. Here's hoping.

Good Housekeeping found that the best priced turkey was £9.99 from Lidl while Aldi are cheapest for sprouts and carrots. As for your Christmas pudding and mince pies, the best is to be found at Sainsbury’s, while Tesco is the place to buy your cranberry sauce. Morrisons, Asda and Tesco all offered stuffing for the same price.

If you can't be bothered going to all those different shops, then the cheapest single-basket shop is Peter Andre's Iceland, where you can buy the lot for £27.84, which is £20 cheaper than the most expensive, Marks and Spencer.

Good Housekeeping said: “Budget ­supermarkets are making a real difference to the cost of our shopping," adding: "It’s a constant struggle for many to keep family food bills under control, but the current battle between the traditional supermarkets and the discounters is pulling prices down."

All you have to do now is sharpen your elbows for the inevitable rush in the supermarkets. Remember, Christmas is all about one thing: NO MERCY.

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