As you might know from this post, my housemates and I decided to a do a Christmas dinner (on a “school” night no less!). None of us are particularly full in the bank department right now, so we had to do it on a tight budget. I think in the end we each spend under £5, and we had an amazing dinner. Here’s how to copy us and do it on a budget!
Note: we have moved our main shop to Aldi, so that’s where I’m pricing from today (due to having receipts) unless stated otherwise. For all of my other recipes I tend to price using ASDA online, disregarding special offers. That said, all of my costings are very rough (and generally rounded up) anyway!
- A stuffed chicken breast joint (£2.99 – you can get turkey versions too!)
- Pigs in Blankets (£2.50 for 12, from Tesco)
We then added:
- Potatoes (both mashed with black pepper, and roasted with garlic) – £1
- Homemade Yorkshire puddings (see here for recipe) – £1
- Gravy – 20p
- Sweetcorn – 50p
- Roasted carrots – 20p
- Broccoli – £1
- & whatever other veg people had lying around that they fancied (hence I added red cabbage, savoy cabbage and curly kale)- 50p
We even managed to find 8 crackers for a £1 in Poundland! Okay, they didn’t have exciting plastic gifts, but they did include some rather
lame festive jokes, obligatory hat, and even some cute stickers!
This was a fabulously festive night with my girls, the best antidote to a horribly stressful week. I really do suggest all student houses give this a go, even if it is the only time they cook together.
What’s your tips for Christmas dinner on a budget?