A money-saving expert has revealed how you can make a Christmas dinner with turkey and trimmings for just £2 a head.

Christmas dinner cost the average person between £26.43 and £43.98 last year, according to Good Housekeeping.

But Karen Eaton, who puts together 500 Christmas hampers for those in need in Birmingham, West Midlands, has found that the festive meal doesn't need to be that expensive.

According to Karen, who makes the hampers as part of her voluntary work for The Christmas Lunch Project  if you shop around for bargains you can whittle down the cost of the meal, Birmingham Live reports.

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.

Karen Eason makes hampers as part of her voluntary work for The Christmas Lunch Project in Birmingham, West Midlands

"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 said: "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.

Money saving expert Karen Eaton recommends using drumsticks for Christmas dinners to keep the cost down

"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.

"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."

She added: "You're never going to find a cheap Christmas pudding so I'd buy some mince pies and serve them warm with some cream or custard. Or, better still, buy a jar of mincemeat and some ready made pastry and make your own.

"For a starter, I'd look out for when one of the tasty soup cartons, like New Covent Garden, is on offer and buy a couple of cartons and put them in the freezer. One carton tends to serve two to three people.

"Utilising your freezer really helps. I don't believe you have to eat cheap if you always look out for the bargains and offers."

Christmas dinner cost the average person between £26.43 and £43.98 last year

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

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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