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.
And this year it’ll be even hard to get a slot, with some supermarkets already sold out. So if you know you need one, whack the date in your diary and nab that time and date you want.
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 have been able to book from the 19 October, and everyone else will have to wait until the 28 October 2021.
Iceland Christmas delivery slots
Deliveries can be booked up to six days in advance, with free delivery on orders over £35.
Morrisons Christmas delivery slots
Morrisons hasn’t released dates for 2021 yet. But in 2019 If you had a Delivery Pass you could book from 6 November. Everyone else had to wait until 27 November for the days immediately before Christmas.
Ocado Christmas delivery slots
Ocado released its Christmas slots in late October and they’ve all now sold out. Of course people might cancel a slot and Ocado have said they’ll release any new ones in early December – if there are any.
Sainsbury’s Christmas delivery slots
We don’t know yet when you’ll be able to book your festive deliveries. Last year booking for 20 December opened on 28 November, and it moved on day by day.
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Tesco Christmas delivery slots
Priority access for anyone with a Delivery Saver pass starts at 6am on 16 November. You can sign up for the saver pass at £7.99 a month if you want to bag an early spot.
Tesco opens 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.