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#1 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

what day do you buy food for xmas...

part of me wants to just get it over and done with now but will it really be fresh enough by tuesday?

i need to buy a chicken but that can be frozen, however i also need to buy fruit, some veggies and nibbles like kabana....

#2 HeartMyBoys

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

I was thinking about that too. I decided to go Sunday. Then i can relax xmas eve when family arrive

#3 Just-one-more

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

I did the last of mine today although I'm grabbing the berries tomorrow. I'm paranoid about things running out.


#4 BabyBumbleBee

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

We are buying the bulk of it tonight and picking up the stuff that needs to be fresh and can't be frozen on Christmas Eve morning.

#5 Expelliarmus

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

I'm going on Monday. I have begun to brace myself already Tounge1.gif

#6 mummame

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

I have been wondering about this too. I need to buy strawberries and something tells me they will sell out on Christmas Eve. I need about 3 punnets. I also need to get eas stuff like baking aisle stuff that I know will be there.

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

I am buying my food on Monday morning. I intend to leave home at 7.30 am in the hope that it will be not so busy.

#8 Funwith3

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

QUOTE (mummame @ 21/12/2012, 06:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been wondering about this too. I need to buy strawberries and something tells me they will sell out on Christmas Eve. I need about 3 punnets. I also need to get eas stuff like baking aisle stuff that I know will be there.

Oh I hadn't even considered things running out! I was tossing up whether to go to the local farmers market tomorrow, or wait till Monday and just do it all at the supermarket... super early of course. Minus all three kids.

#9 JustBeige

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

Monday - just picking up a couple of things left.

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 21/12/2012, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am buying my food on Monday morning. I intend to leave home at 7.30 am in the hope that it will be not so busy.

I got there really early this morning.  It was awesome and a coffee place was very very smart and opened the same time as Coles.

#10 Mille-Mille

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

Ive bought all my non perishables, so on Monday i'll pick up my ham and Turkey from the butcher and then get the fruit and vegetables from Coles.  
Ive made my desserts and frozen them, as well as the gravy (Jamie Oliver's make-ahead gravy, yum).
Tomorrow i'm going to make the stuffing and freeze it also.
Over all I think i'm pretty organised, I have to be since I don't want stress on Christmas day (being 36 weeks preg and all).

Merry Christmas everyone original.gif


#11 tres-chic

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

I picked up and glazed the ham today. The seafood (prawns this year) I'll pick up xmas eve.

Everything else is being bought at break of day tomorrow.

#12 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Prawns from fish market, late Sunday night. Fruit, veg, ham and turkey will all be done on Monday. Grocery stuff and alcohol already done.

#13 noonehere

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

Tomorrow. We already have the ham etc

#14 strawberrycakes

Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Depends on what I need to buy as to when I do my Christmas groceries.

I like to spread it out over a couple of weeks too so all the 'extas' don't cost so much at once.  Things like the nibbly food, things that can be frozen, and desert ingredients I buy a week or so before. Fresh fruit, salads & vege I buy a day or two before.  

I will be doing my last shop tomorrow & no way am I going anywhere near the crazy shopping centres again for a week LOL

#15 Jembo

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

I did mine today, so on Monday will just go pick up the pork and anything I have forgotten (which is always something) and if we need any fresh fruit and vege cause we have eaten it all over a weekend of socialising original.gif

#16 overthehill

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Last year I went Christmas Eve morning about 7am and it was quite quiet so will probably do the same again.    
Mille-Mille wow you are super organised, well done you!

Edited by overthehill, 21 December 2012 - 06:19 PM.


#17 Canberra Chick

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Veggies and fruit got delivered by Farmer's Direct yesterday and the ham this morning, the duck got bought and frozen ages ago (about 4 weeks ago) and I went and bought cheese, smallgoods etc today. All non perishables/longer life goods bar the nuts got bought last weekend.

I get my veggies every Thursday so it's going to be no less or more fresh than usual. The only thing I'd ever be worried about was fresh seafood, but I cannot be faffed going near a shop on the 24th (and getting fleeced by rip off merchants), so this year for Xmas Eve it's frozen fish entree things and prawns from my Farmer's Direct BBQ pack, which got frozen when it arrived.

Cake has just been decorated, fudge and truffles made, I have two relishes/chutneys to make for the ham. And I make croissants on Xmas Eve for breakfast on Xmas day.
Xmas dinner is roast duck and roast spuds plus a couple of salads. Lunch is antipasti. Dessert is a simple middle-eastern milk pudding with rosewater and pistachio which I will make the night before. I like Xmas day to be fairly simple and low stress.

#18 Riotproof

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 21/12/2012, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am buying my food on Monday morning. I intend to leave home at 7.30 am in the hope that it will be not so busy.


I have gone to my shopping centre at 6 am on Christmas eve and the main food shops were open. It's worth checking the signage particularly if there is a seafood shop there.

But that said, this year I am done. DH will buy some seafood for us to have on Christmas eve at some point, not sure what his plan is.

#19 Therese

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

I will do most of it on Sunday I think. I am sure I will need to get something on Monday though..

#20 Nicole-Bris

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

I've been buying a few things over the last few weeks (drinks etc) when I have seen them on sale.  I have booked the Coles truck to be delivered on Monday between 9 - 11 for fresh salads, fruits and prawns.

#21 bryce's-mummy

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

I go first thing Xmas Eve. I have done this for the last few years and it works well for us. I get to the shops by 6am so I am there as they open (or just before). It's not packed but still can be a little busy for that time of the morning. By the time I finish in the supermarket the fruit and veg and butcher is open so I get all my fresh fruit etc then as well. I get home long before 9am and the last two years have even been able to get to the gym by 9.30am!! It's great as if I do forget anything (always seem to forget cream!) then I have all day to go back and battle the shops and parking then! But will avoid it at all costs if I can!

#22 Wise Old Owl

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

I am buying the bulk of what I need tonight and then picking up last minute items like prawns and whatever else is needed and/or forgotten on Monday morning.

#23 Soontobegran

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE (Riotproof @ 21/12/2012, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have gone to my shopping centre at 6 am on Christmas eve and the main food shops were open. It's worth checking the signage particularly if there is a seafood shop there.

But that said, this year I am done. DH will buy some seafood for us to have on Christmas eve at some point, not sure what his plan is.



I didn't think of it opening earlier, I might check to see if it is open at 6 as I will be there original.gif

#24 Expelliarmus

Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:56 PM

Our local f&v opens non stop all night on the 23rd usually. So from like 6am on the23rd until 6pm on the 24th. I haven't checked the opening times this year but dunno what they will do as they ae closed on Sundays. But normally u can f&v shop at like 2am! I went at midnight one year, very peaceful original.gif

#25 Soontobegran

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

I'd go at 2am to avoid what I met up with today at our local centre Howdo original.gif What a nightmare...and that was just in the car park.




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