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Christmas groceries: which supermarket is cheapest?

We compare the price of a basket of Christmas grocery essentials at Aldi, Coles and Woolworths.

aldi coles and woolworths shopping baskets with christmas trees
Last updated: 07 December 2019

Australians are predicted to spend nearly $53 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 Aldi, Coles and Woolworths to find out which store has the best buys.

The supermarket with the cheapest basket is...

Aldi – with a total basket price of $174.50. That's $46.80 cheaper than the most expensive basket – savings that would certainly come in handy during the holidays.

The difference between Coles' and Woolworths' total basket was close, with Woolies coming in at $6.30 cheaper than Coles.

What's in the basket?

Christmas food

  • Half leg ham (closest to 5kg)
  • Turkey breast roast, frozen (1kg)
  • Smoked salmon (500g)
  • Australian tiger prawns, cooked (1kg)
  • Christmas pudding (700g)
  • Fruit mince pies (6 pack)
  • Brandy snaps (8 pack)
  • Raspberries, frozen (500g)
  • Thickened cream (600mL)
  • Pavlova (500g)
  • Custard (1L)
  • Candy canes (30 pack)
  • Brie (125g)
  • Mixed nuts, salted (375g)
  • Chocolate coins (150g)
  • Cadbury Roses chocolates (450g)
  • Chocolate Lindt balls or equivalent (150g or closest)

Christmas decor, cards and wrap

  • Christmas cards (10 pack)
  • Christmas gift wrap (single roll, 5m)
  • Tinsel (4m or closest)
  • Outdoor solar LED fairy/icicle lights (250 pack or closest)
  • Christmas crackers/bon bons (10 pack or closest)

How we conducted our price spot-check

We created a shopping list of 22 items based on last year's list, adjusting to take into account availability on the day we shopped.

We then compared Aldi's prices instore 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 in November 2019 for fair comparison. The prices are the full cost of each item and don't include sales or specials.