Christmas is a time of year when everybody really feels the pinch and cooking a big Christmas dinner massively contributes to those costs.

Whether it's turkey and all the trimming or an alternative festive lunch, it doesn't always comes cheap. Particularly if you have a few mouths to feed.

So any ways to the cut the cost is massively helpful.

And money saving expert Karen Eaton has discovered a way to get your Christmas dinner sorted for just £2 a head.

Karen, who also puts together 500 Christmas hampers for those in need in Birmingham and the Black Country as part of her voluntary work for The Christmas Lunch Project, told BirminghamLive that if you shop around for bargains, you can put together the perfect festive feast for the small cost.

She said: "It depends on your circumstances but I'd say if you can, club together with friends as it's cheaper to share the cost and nicer than spending Christmas on your own.

You don't need to miss out on your Christmas dinner faves

"Lots of supermarkets discount their products in the months leading up to Christmas. So I'll buy cranberry sauce and a box of chocolates when they're on offer and put them away for Christmas Day. That helps to spread the cost too."

The mum-of-one added: "You could cook chicken drumsticks to make it cheaper or, if you really want turkey, you can buy turkey drumsticks from Tesco for around £2 each. I had one with my son and there was enough meat on one for both of us.

"If you're cooking for a small number of people, buy your fresh vegetables from an outdoor market. The market traders will happily weigh just a couple of carrots and potatoes for you to save you having to buy a whole bag at the supermarket.

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"I'd pick up a stuffing mix and gravy granules from somewhere like Aldi or Lidl because they only cost around 30p. Or, if you don't want to buy gravy, you can just mix a little cornflour into your meat juices to make your own gravy."

Karen's other tips include looking out for when popular supermarket soup cartons such as New Covent Garden are on offer and freeze them for when you need them on Christmas day.

Karen's Christmas dinner for less than £2 a head - serves six

3 Pea and ham soup 65p each = £1.95 from Aldi

Two turkey drumsticks £2.28 each = £4.56 from Tesco

Potatoes 2kg bag for 19p from Aldi (on offer until Christmas Eve)

Parsnips 500g for 19p from Aldi (on offer until Christmas Eve)

Bag of carrots 15p from market or Aldi (on offer until Christmas Eve)

Bag of frozen peas 61p from Morrisons

Bag of sprouts 15p from Aldi (on offer until Christmas Eve)

Stuffing mix 32p from Aldi

Gravy granules 25p from Asda

Jar of cranberry sauce 59p from Asda

Mince pies six for 59p from Aldi

Custard packet of instant powder for 19p from Asda

Dark chocolate mint thins £1 from Tesco

Bottle of sparking lemonade 40p from Tesco

Total: £11.14