Noche Buena budget

6 Ways to Shop for A Budget-Friendly Noche Buena

The Noche Buena feast is an essential part of every Filipino family’s celebration. And did you know that you can serve sumptuous delights without draining your wallets?

Below are tips from Mama Bear on how to extend your budget and still enjoy the sweetest meal of the holiday season:

Set your budget


How much are you willing to spend for the feast? Setting a budget will give you a guide on which dishes to include in your menu. It is also important to consider the number of people present during the night. You might want to add up a bit for visitors or relatives who would be coming over to celebrate with you.

Create a Noche Buena menu

Make a list of your family’s favorites. There are times when one dish might just look and taste the same as the other. In this case, try to slash out a few recipes which you can also actually serve for Media Noche. You don’t even have to buy everything your family wants to eat that night. A little dash of variety can already spice up the feast.

Here is a guide you can use when planning your menu for 3-5 persons:


menu list

Plan A:

Php 350.00 – Chicken Sopas

Php 450.00 – Spaghetti

Php 350.00 – Lumpiang Shanghai

Php 300.00 – Liempo


Php 1,450.00 Total cost


Plan B:

Php 700.00 – Bulalo (this dish provides meat, soup, and vegetable)

Php 280.00 – Chicken barbeque

Php 300.00 – Pancit Guisado

Php 500.00 – Fruit Salad


Php 1,780.00 Total cost

You can always mix and match two dishes and more depending on your budget. The approximate minimum cost above can still be lower or even higher.

Make a complete list of what to buy

Creating that list will help you buy only the necessary ingredients for your menu. It will save you from spending beyond your budget. Stay within your plan, and you certainly will pay less on impulse buying.

Devote enough time to shop

woman shopping

It’s the time of the year when everyone keeps on rushing around, and this won’t do good to your “shopping-on-a-budget” venture. Having enough time will let you compare prices of different brands. You can even check out what’s on sale and stay away from regular priced items.

Buy homemade


Homemade products are generally cheaper compared to their grocery-sold counterparts. Rellenong Bangus, kakanin, lumpiang shanghai, barbeque and a lot more are offered by someone you might know. Aside from helping out small business owners, you can even negotiate for prices especially when you buy in bulk.

Look for the wholesale price but never buy bundled packages

Some grocery stores offer ingredients in a basket which seem to be cheaper but actually not. Some of the ingredients might already be in your kitchen so buying in the bundle might be an extra cost. It would help check what's already in your kitchen to make sure you do away with bundled packages and end up buying something you don’t need.

Buy with credit card promos

Most credit card issuers offer tons of discounts and privileges when you use your card for shopping. Check which among your credit cards will give you the best cashback or rebates for groceries.

Christmas can be very expensive, but you can always reduce your expenditures through planning, creating a budget and exploring other possible options to buy what you need. It takes a cup of patience, a teaspoon of an initiative, and an ounce of resourcefulness to make the holidays fun yet affordable.

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