The cost of Christmas
Australians are predicted to spend more than $51 billion this Christmas, according to the Australian Retailers Association.
It's an expensive time of year, what with gifts, food, decorations and drinks to buy. Who wouldn't want to save a few dollars?
With that in mind, we carried out a price spot-check on 22 Christmas grocery items at the major supermarkets to find out which has the the best buys.
The supermarket with the cheapest basket is...
Aldi – with a total basket price of about 15% less than its nearest competitor.
The gap has closed since last year though – the three supermarkets were all closer in price this year.
Some Christmas essentials – like candy canes and baubles – weren't available when we visited Aldi, so these items weren't included in our check.
* Infogram text: A basket of 22 items cost $175.16 at Aldi, $205.24 at Coles, and $207.30 at Woolworths. Prices were those promoted on each supermarket's website or in-store on 7 December 2018.
What's in the basket?
- Half leg ham (closest to 5kg)
- Turkey breast roast, frozen (1kg)
- Smoked salmon (200g)
- Australian tiger prawns, cooked (1kg)
- Christmas pudding (700g)
- Fruit mince pies (6 pack)
- Brandy snaps (8 pack)
- Raspberries, frozen (500g)
- Thickened cream (600mL)
- Brie (125g or closest)
- Mixed nuts, dry roasted (375g or closest)
- Mixed nuts in shell (550g or closest)
- Chocolate coins (150g)
- Favourites chocolates (320g)
- Mars Celebration Tub (692g)
- Chocolate Lindt balls or equivalent (150g or closest)
Christmas decor, cards and wrap
- Christmas cards (10 pack)
- Christmas gift wrap (single roll, 5m)
- Tinsel (3m or closest)
- Outdoor LED fairy/icicle lights (250 pack or closest)
- Christmas crackers/bon bons (12 pack or closest)
How we conducted our price spot-check
We created a shopping list of 22 items based on last year's list, adding and subtracting to take into account availability on the day we shopped.
We then compared Aldi's prices in-store for these items with the cheapest option of the equivalent pack size or quantity available through the Coles and Woolworths online shopping sites.
Prices were collected on the same day for fair comparison.