It’s the most wonderful time if the year – but it can also be the most expensive.
The Christmas season is a notorious wallet drainer, but a bit of research can stop you from spending money unnecessarily.
Alcohol can be one of the biggest expenses, so we’ve rounded up the best supermarket deals in December.
Morrisons is offering generous discounts on a number of wines across the board throughout December.
The Errazuriz Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are reduced from £8.75 to £6.50 until January.
At the higher end of the price range you’ll find a San Silvestro Gavi di Gavi down to £8 from £12 and a Chateau Treytins Lalande de Pomerol down to £10 from £15 for the month of December.
If it’s fizz you’re after, Veuve Devanlay Champagne Brut is reduced from £20 to £15 until 2 January and the Charles De Villers Blanc De Noirs Grand Cru and Blanc De Blanc Grand Cru are down to £18 from £24 over the same period.
There’s a particularly tempting offer on Waare Cavadinha Vintage Port, down from £27 to £19 until 2 January.
Party hosts should head to The Co-Op for discounts on big-name Champagnes during December. The offers apply in-store and aren’t available online.
From the 13 December until 2 January, Lanson Black Label Champagne gift pack is reduced from £34.99 to £26.99, Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne is £24.99, down from £31.99, Pol Roger Brut reserve Champagne is down from £39.99 to £31.99 and a Bollinger non-vintage Champagne gift pack is down from £44.99 to £34.99.
Asda is a great bet if you’re looking to buy beer or wine in bulk.
Branded crates of beer including Foster’s, Carling, Stella Artois and Beck’s are priced at three for £21, a saving of £6 on buying them separately.
A big selection of wines – including Wolf Blass Red Label Chardonnay Semillon, Echo Falls White Zinfandel, Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja and Marques del Norte Cava Brut – are offered at six for £25, saving up to £7.
In the spirits aisle there are a number of bargains to be found. A litre of Baileys is down from £17 to £12, Southern Comfort is £15 down from £20, Famous Grouse has gone from £18 to £16 and Gordon’s Sloe Gin is priced at £14 down from £19.50.
Waitrose is discounting a range of wines in December, with a third off a number of bottles and prices lowered until Boxing Day. Offers apply in store and online.
The discounts include a McGuigan Family Release Chardonnay, down to £5.99 from £8.99 and The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, down from £10.99 to £6.99. First Cape Cuvee Bush Vine Chenin Blanc will be £4.99 down from £7.79
For reds, there’s a Terre del Barolo down to £13.99 from £20.99, an Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo at £5.99 from £8.99, and £10 off a magnum bottle of La Grange St Martin Châteauneuf-du-Pape, down to £29.99.
And some of the best sparkling offers include a third off Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut, down to £27.99 and 20% off Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, down to £34.39. Nyetimber Sparkling Rose is down from £39.99 to £29.99.
For a post-lunch tipple, Graham’s 20 yr old Tawny is down from £37.99 to £29.99.
M&S has 50% a range of wines for the month of December, including their Louis Vertay Brut Champagne, down to £17, a Solliard Bordeaux down to £5.50 and the Lock Keeper’s Reserve Chardonnay down to £5. The offers
Aldi continues to offer great deals on alcohol from lesser known producers or using more unusual grape varieties.
They have a magnum of Premier Cru Champagne for an amazing £31.99 and a party-perfect Prosecco Jeroboam (four bottles’ worth) for £39.99.
You can pick up a bottle of Maynard’s pink port for £7.99. Similar bottles at other supermarkets come in around the £12 mark.
The German discounter’s De Bortoli rich pudding wine won the highest possible award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, but costs just £8.99. Its Oliver Cromwell London Dry gin also won a gold medal at the same competition, and a 75cl bottle costs just £9.97.
Lidl’s French Grain Ignis Vodka won a gold medal at the Grocer Drink Awards, and costs just £13.99, a significant saving compared to its lookalike Grey Goose, which sets you back £34.
The discounter also has two pink gins at a steal for £11.99 each in rhubarb and ginger and Scottish raspberry flavours. As a comparison Edinburgh gin’s rhubarb and ginger gin costs £18.
If you’re stocking up for a party Lidl’s Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV is worth considering. It costs just £7.99 a bottle and was crowned one of the best wines in the world at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition, ranking alongside champagnes costing far more.
Sainsbury’s is another decent bet for fizz in December – though you’ll need to be quick as the offers end on 12 December.
Their Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco magnum is currently £15.50, down from £20. There’s £2 off the Taste the Difference Crémant de Loire NV, bringing it down to £9, and the Taste the Difference English Sparkling Wine is £18, down from £21.
Yahoo Finance UK contacted Tesco, who choose not to publish alcohol offers in advance.