THERE is only ONE way to celebrate Chinese New Year . . . with a takeaway.
The Year of the Rat is not the only reason to order in a Chinese as it is already the nation’s most popular takeaway grub.
But it can get expensive. A weekly takeaway can set you back more than £1,000 a year.
But it does not have to cost a fortune, thanks to these thrifty “fakeaways” . . .
Chinese, please: Stick with the Chinese New Year theme, but fake it to make a saving. On average, we spend £9.86 per person on a Chinese takeaway, so instead create your own. A chicken chow mein sweet and sour chicken meal box serves two from Tesco for just £5, usually £8.
Add to your feast with a selection of half-price appetisers — such as crispy chilli prawns, £1.75, usually £3.50.
SAVING: Around £12.97 for two
Doner spend a lot: Drank too much last night? Save pounds on post-pub kebabs — usually around £6 from kebab shops — by stocking up on Babek doner kebab meat, £2 for 600g, from Iceland.
SAVE: at least £4
Pail imitation: Create your own KFC bargain bucket. Get a bag of frozen Southern fried chicken thighs, £3 from Iceland. For the sides, grab Southern fried chips, £1.50, and a bag of mini corn cobs, £1. Gravy fans should head to B&M for Mayflower Southern style gravy mix, £1, which makes 1.6 litres of gravy. All of this works out at around £6.50 — far cheaper than a six-piece bargain bucket, approximately £10.49.
Cheeky swap: Most of us love a Nando’s. But you can create your very own chicken feast at home without having to fork out for a takeaway. Head to Sainsbury’s and buy a Nando’s Bag Bake, £1, down from £1.20.
If you also buy 1kg of chicken breast fillets for £5.50, you can make more than enough for everyone.
A Nando’s chicken butterfly costs £8.25 — so you make a big saving when cooking for a family.
SAVE: At least £1.75
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Deal of the day
PICK up a Salter Chinese New Year set for £15, down from £20 at Sainsbury’s. Including a steel wok, Blue Dragon soy sauce, chow mein stir-fry sauce and sweet chilli and garlic stir-fry sauce.
IF you fancy making your own Chinese curry, head to Tesco. It has two for £2 on selected Sharwoods sauces such as Chinese curry and sweet and sour sauce, usually £1.85 a jar.
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Shop & Save
PICK up any four Chinese ready meals at Iceland for £5, including chicken chow mein and crispy duck with pancakes.
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LOOKING for some fun activities to kick start the year? Look no further than this fantastic 2 for 1 offer to top UK attractions with Sun Superdays.
Enjoy some serious star-spotting at Madame Tussauds London or Blackpool. Party with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in London and don’t miss the new Strictly Experience in Blackpool.
Escape the ordinary and experience the awesome at The Bear Grylls Adventure in Birmingham. Or enjoy new deep-sea adventures with the return of Professor Finn in Jawsome Sharks (and Friends!), plus dive into a new
mission with the Octonauts at SEA LIFE Aquariums across the country.
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