Shopping for food at Christmas is possibly one of the most stressful parts of Christmas.
I worked in a supermarket for 16 years and Christmas was always one of my favourite times of year, everyone was (mostly) cheerier, the time just flew past and it was the one time you could eat on the shopfloor – chocolate anyone?
However, there are some tips I have to share:
- Don’t leave the Christmas essentials to the last minute. They’ve been in stock since September so don’t expect the aisles to be overflowing with mince pies and other festive treats
- Order your Turkey Crown. I normally find Turkey’s are still in stock until Christmas Eve (especially frozen ones), however, if you are after a Turkey Crown get in early or order it
- Expect to queue – it is the supermarkets busiest time of year, they have every checkout open, there is nothing more they can do to get you through any quicker
- The busiest days are usually the 22nd and 23rd December and the morning of Christmas Eve
- If you don’t like to queue, want the freshest ingredients then shop overnight. Beware that there will be a lot of staff and cages to dodge on the shopfloor.
- If you can, go without the kids………shopping is always 10x more stressful with them in tow
- Don’t forget the vouchers – I always save my Nectar points and Clubcard vouchers to help pay for the shopping this time of year. If shopping online, also check Sainsburys Voucher Codes for more deals.
- Grab a bargain – Christmas Eve afternoon is a great time to get a bargain, especially if they still have vegetables overflowing in the aisles, but don’t rely on them being fully stocked
- Check opening and closing times. The supermarket will shut early on Christmas Eve as the staff have home to go to too (the sheer number of people we used to turn away was staggering).
- Don’t worry if you have forgotten anything. Most Tesco Express / Sainsbury’s Local stores are open on Christmas Day
I hope these tips have helped – I am off to do my shopping tomorrow.
Happy Christmas xx