If you’re looking for a reason not to overindulge this Christmas then here’s your perfect excuse — Christmas dinner is costing us over 3% more this year.
It’s a case of tightening your belt in one sense and not having to loosen it in another — if you save pounds by buying less shopping you won’t pile them on your waist later. And it’s also the perfect chance for kids to tell parents they’ll give the Brussels sprouts a miss this year.
But be careful, for anyone looking at the results by market research company Kantar will spot that basic vegetables like carrots and parsnips are actually the only ingredients to have fallen in price. Those figures are offset by higher rises in everything else.
There is a serious side to all this. That the cost of our festive favourites for the Christmas Day feast is rising mirrors the rising prices we’re seeing in all the shops. Even the turkey is gobbing up our extra pennies.
The average Christmas dinner is now costing £27.48 – that’s up around 89p in a year.Food for thought if you’re invited to dine at someone else’s expense.