Plan ahead so you don’t miss out on getting that turkey delivered to your door.
The busiest time of the year to get a supermarket delivery is at Christmas, which is why some supermarkets let you book delivery slots as early as the mid October. And when they do become available they can go fast.
If you know you need one, whack the date in your diary and nab that time and date you want. In fact it could be you’re already too late, in which case you could see if there’s a collection slot available instead.
Also, it’s worth remembering that with online orders there’s always a risk that they won’t have what you want in stock, so personally I wouldn’t leave it too late for anything you know is essential.
For fresh food you can always buy it earlier and store it in your freezer if the use by date is sooner than you want to eat it. Here’s more on my tips on the foods you can freeze.
Don’t forget there are also ways to boost your supermarket spending power at some of the big brands with this savers stamp trick.
Here’s when each supermarket will open up advance booking for Christmas deliveries in 2021:
Asda Christmas delivery slots
Delivery Pass customers will be able to book from 18 October, and everyone else will have to wait until 25 October 2022.
Iceland Christmas delivery slots
No official date has been announced, but deliveries can usually be booked up to six days in advance, with free delivery on orders over £35.
Morrisons Christmas delivery slots
Morrisons customers with a Delivery Pass can book from 19 October. Everyone else had to wait until early November for the days immediately before Christmas.
Ocado Christmas delivery slots
Ocado released its Christmas slots in early October for those who’ve had a Smart Pass before 25 September. Last year these went really fast. Of course people might cancel a slot and Ocado released these ones in early December.
Sainsbury’s Christmas delivery slots
Delivery pass users will get access to Christmas slots from 18 October. Everyone else can book a slot for 18 to 21 December from 24 October this year. Click and collect slots for 18 to 24 December can be booked from 27 November 2022.
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Tesco Christmas delivery slots
In 2021, priority access for anyone with a Delivery Saver pass started at 6am on 16 November, so it’ll probably be a similar date in 2022. You can sign up for the saver pass at £7.99 a month if you want to bag an early spot.
Tesco then opened up slots for non-Delivery Saver customers on 23 November at 6am. Not everywhere will be able to deliver on Christmas Day.
Waitrose Christmas delivery slots
Waitrose delivery over Christmas and the New Year is already bookable, and most slots are already booked at my local branch.