DINNER on the big day would not be the same without a Christmas cracker to pull.
And with just four days to go, there is still time to bag a bargain.
Here is how to find the best deals out there.
GOING TRADITIONAL: For a basic set of crackers with a hat, gift and motto, try Wilko or Poundland, £3 for six.
Just 50p a cracker is the best value you will get ahead of the sales.
If you are not bothered about getting a particular type of cracker, nab a set on Christmas Eve when many will be heavily discounted in the shops.
FEELING CRAFTY: Sainsbury’s sells “make your own” cracker sets, comprising six flat cases, hats and jokes, for £2.50. You could slip in a sweet or other gift to surprise your family.
SAVE: 50p cheaper than Poundland
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GAME FOR A LAUGH: Aldi has a great deal on Hasbro’s Cluedo crackers, just £3.99 for a set of six.
The same set costs £9.99 in WHSmith, so snap them up if you fancy a detective game over Christmas dinner.
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LOOK TO THE FUTURE NOW: Some crackers are reusable to cut down on waste.
You will pay more but don’t have to keep buying new ones. Dunelm has a pack of four cloth crackers for £15.
SAVE: Up to £10 if you keep them for five years
ALL GROWN UP: Adults and teens may prefer Waitrose’s lush Cath Kidston four-pack of crackers with fragrant body washes for £10.66, down from £16.
For something super-fancy, look at Marks & Spencer’s four-pack of snow-globe gin liqueur crackers, now £32, down from £40.
SAVE: £8 at M&S
DO THE RIGHT THING: Giving is the essence of Christmas.
So why not try a charity set, like Britain’s Got Talent comedian Kojo Anim’s £10 set of six, which contains a hat and joke written by him?
For every box sold, Deliveroo will provide the equivalent of a week’s meals for a household in need.
- Prices correct at time of press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
ARGOS has cut the price of Lego’s International Space Station from £65 to £52.
PACKS of Oreo Original biscuits are currently just 50p each, down from 99p at Asda.
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GET cosy with the Azala luxury faux-fur throw, £59, from made.com. Or swap it for Tesco’s £25 version.
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STRUGGLING with grocery bills? Apply for supermarket vouchers worth up to £140 from your local council’s hardship fund.
You can also get help with energy costs and kids’ clothing under the Government’s £500million Household Support Fund.
What is available depends on where you live. Contact your council for more information.
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CAREX and Dove hand wash are on a four-for-£3 deal at Asda. Normally £1 each.
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DE Vallois Brut NV Champagne is £10, down from £14, at Tesco with a Clubcard until the end of the year.
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