We all would love to have a Christmas table laden with lots of delicious goodies but grocery shopping in the run-up to the festive season seems to be costing more each year. But it seems one place is the clear winner when it comes to the cheapest supermarket to shop for a merry Christmas.

CHOICE’s annual Christmas Basket Challenge showed that filling your trolley with Christmas basics is becoming more expensive at supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths. However, Aldi was the clear winner in the pricing competition.

Coles festive grocery basket cost the most at $221.50, followed by Woolworths at $215 with Aldi showing a significant saving on an average Christmas shop at $174.50.

The results were achieved by comparing a shopping list of 22 items Australians typically purchase around Christmas. The prices for these items were then compared across Aldi, Coles and Woolworths on the same day to find the cheapest supermarket.

A Cheaper Christmas

“When it comes to price, Aldi is the clear winner for a cheap Christmas,” said CHOICE consumer advocate Jonathan Brown.

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“But of course other factors often come into consideration at Christmas too. CHOICE’s Supermarket Satisfaction Survey earlier this year found local supermarket brands were highly rated for their fresh food and customer service, so if freshness and service matters to you, it might be worth considering a local brand.”

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Don’t Forget Home Delivery

The massive advantage that Woolies and Coles do have over Aldi is there robust home delivery and click and collect options, which can be such a timesaver during a crazy-busy December.

For me, it’s worth paying the extra dollars to Woolworths so that our groceries can be delivered to our doorstep and I don’t have to face the crazy Christmas crush in the malls. I also tend to avoid ballooning my grocery budget with impulse buying, which is very easy to do if you’re shopping in-store.

Full list of groceries:

– 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 (450g)

– Chocolate Lindt balls or equivalent (150g or closest)

– Christmas cards (10 pack)

– Christmas gift wrap (single roll, 5m)

– Tinsel (4m or closest)

– Outdoor LED fairy/icicle lights (250 pack or closest)

– Christmas crackers/bon bons (10 pack or closest)

Where are you going to do your Christmas grocery shopping? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I usually shop at Coles – but not the closest one that packs the on-line shopping because the shelves aren’t refilled often enough and you can’t get what you need. I have to rely on public transport and there is no Aldi on our route, I do however have access to another Coles which always has items I buy on the shelves. My nearest Woolworths has a much smaller range of food items than another one further away so I occasionally shop at the one further away. I don’t have an Aldi near me but I know people who shop at a large Aldi Supermarket a lot. Not only are most of their prices cheaper but they seem to have more items suitable to special dietary needs including basic items like gluten free flours for cooking things from scratch., the same with lactose free items. Unfortunately a lot of supermarkets (of all “brands”) are deleting items necessary for other special needs diets.

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  • I do a mix and match and buy from different supermarkets to see whats on special

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  • I always compare prices and just shop at all three. I’ve got them all in one shopping centre thankfully, and usually the time to do so. Otherwise it’s the one with the best specials and better flybys/rewards points offer for what I need to.spend

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  • Stocking up on specials in the weeks leading up helps.

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  • We did most of our food shopping at Aldi and then a bit at woolies and coles

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  • Usually go to Coles or Woolworths, but will be going to Aldi this year as it’s located separately and not as busy.

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  • It’s really good to have competition so that we get the lowest prices.

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  • I have never really shopped at ALDI before but I think I might have to go in and have a little look if it will save me a little money this christmas.

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  • I will still be doing my shopping at Coles.

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  • a good list

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  • Love Coles – just keep an eye for the weekly sales. Aldi is ok sometimes but I get frustrated at trying to locate items and sometimes they aren’t even any cheaper!

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  • I try to shop around as I have a couple major supermarkets in my area. Aldi is not always cheaper for some products and Woolworths is my main store.

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  • I shop at Coles every week and will continue to do so. There are sales on all Christmas stock every week, so I just look out for those.

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  • I shop at Woolworths mostly, followed by Aldi and Coles.

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  • I generally shop in Coles because I can reach it very easily walking. And I love Flybuys. I go to Woolworths or Aldi just for some special products.

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