Budget Christmas

As with everyday, breakfast is the most important meal, so start your Christmas off the right way. Families have different traditions for Christmas breakfast; in my house it's usually a fry up, for others it's salmon and scrambled eggs. Either way, there tends to be two trends for the breakfast table on the 25th - eggs and fish.

It is up to you what breakfast you choose. You may go oh-so-simple and opt for cereal. Just ensure, whatever you choose, you shop around for first. The three leading supermarkets in the UK are online, so it's easy. That said, don't neglect ALDI, Lidl, your local green grocer or fishmonger. The food produced is just as good and fresh as the big three, and sometimes a lot cheaper.

 

Breakfast benefits

 

 

The traditional option for Christmas Day is, of course, scrambled eggs and salmon. Making this is easy, as few ingredients are needed. Your shopping list for feeding 5 will be:

 

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 pint milk
  • 120g smoked salmon
  • 1 loaf brown bread, butter
  • salt & pepper to season

 

If you buy this lot at ASDA, it'll come to £7.02. Tesco will cost you £6.51, whilst Sainsbury's comes to £7.15.

 

 

Slightly less traditional, but just as tasty, is a fry up. Typically British, a fry up doesn't have to be greasy - most of the food can be grilled instead of fried, or a non-stick frying pan used to avoid oil. Your shopping list for feeding 5 will be:

 

  • 6 eggs
  • 8 rashers bacon
  • 8 sausages
  • 1 tin baked beans
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1 loaf brown bread, butter
  • salt & pepper to season

 

This breakfast will cost £7.26 from ASDA, £7.69 from Tesco and £7.85 from Sainsbury's.

 

Alternative breakfasts

 

Gingerbread pancakes

These will instantly get you in the mood for Christmas; filling your house with heavenly festive smells, they are quick and easy to get on the table.

 

Sausage casserole

Avoid spending your morning in the kitchen; this casserole can be stored overnight and then simply put in the oven in the morning and left.

 

 

Cranberry muffins

If you prefer a light breakfast, then muffins are great; perfect with a large coffee or tea, these can be baked a few days in advanced and eaten, or made fresh in the morning.

So, don't let money worries get you down at Christmas and don't spend your holidays in the kitchen…

 

Plan, prepare and enjoy!

 

Amy x

Synopsis

Christmas is a time of happiness, but for many it's a time of financial worries - Amy shows you how to enjoy this time of year without worrying about money.

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