Supermarket Christmas delivery slots for 2021 are opening! Find out when you can order food, how much delivery will cost and when they’ll take the payment.
It may take place on the same day every year, but somehow the run-up to Christmas happens very fast and comes out of nowhere!
Instead of rushing around, playing trolley wars in the supermarket, many people look to get their Christmas food shop delivered instead to save the stress of it all.
If you’re shopping in store, there are extended Christmas opening hours.
Supermarket Christmas delivery slots 2021
To make sure you’re fully prepared, here’s when you’ll need to book in your Christmas supermarket delivery slot.
Whether you’re planning to have your Christmas food shop delivered or you want to book a collection slot for click and collect you still need to book in advance.
We cover all the major online supermarket delivery details, when you’re able to place your order, the costs for the delivery, plus let you know when the supermarket will take payment for your order.
Tesco Christmas delivery slots 2021
If you don’t have a Tesco Delivery Saver, you can start booking slots for Tesco delivery 3 weeks before the day of delivery or collection – this is 6am on 16th November.
Standard delivery slots become available from 6am on 23rd November.
Slots book up really quickly.
If there isn’t a 1 hour fixed slot, check to see if there is a flexi saver slot instead. This will mean you’ll be given a slot on a day, rather than get to pick a time.
Delivery on 24th December is only available in selected stores, so check before you get your hopes up.
Depending on what slot you pick, delivery will cost £2 – £7.
The minimum order is £40, but if you need to spend less a £4 basket charge will be added.
Even though there aren’t many delivery slots, there are still plenty for Click+Collect.
Same day collection is available in some locations. You will need to spend over £25, and there’s no minimum basket charge.
Tesco Click+Collect costs £1.50, and you still have the flexibility to amend your order no later than 11:45 pm on the night before your Click+Collect date.
If you have a Delivery Saver pass, then you can get access earlier to festive bookings, but this may not help you this year as the slots are mostly gone.
You can get a free trial of the Delivery Saver to see if you like it. However, you will need to be on a paid plan before 25th November if you want early access to the Christmas delivery slots.
A Tesco Delivery Saver pass is a win-win! Yes, you need to pay, but if it doesn’t save you money versus what you’d usually pay for delivery they give you a refund for the difference.
You’re even able to use your Clubcard points to get a Delivery Saver Plan, where 50p in vouchers is worth £1.50 to spend on the plan.
When will Tesco take the payment for online shopping?
While you’re ordering 3 weeks in advance, it can be a worry about when you’ll pay.
When you first place your order, Tesco needs to validate your card and will pre-authorise £2 from your account.
On the day of delivery (or click and collect), the full amount will be taken from your bank (and the £2 pre-authorisation will be removed).
Iceland Christmas delivery slots
Iceland dates for Christmas delivery have not been released as yet. They are currently showing dates for around a week in advance.
I have reached out to Iceland to find out when Christmas bookings will open and will update this soon. It’s usually 6 days before delivery.
With Iceland, you’re able to get free next day delivery when you spend over £40.
They’ve got 1,000s of current delivery slots available one week in advance.
Also, remember that when you shop in Iceland, you’ve got the chance to win the cost of your shop back.
When does Iceland take the payment?
Iceland will pre-authorise and reserve for the full value of your order as soon as you checkout. The money will be held to one side by your bank.
The actual payment will then get taken on the date of your delivery.
Morrisons Christmas delivery slots
Booking your Morrisons Christmas delivery slots usually starts from November.
Delivery slots for Christmas are usually open between 20th and 22nd December, and you will need to spend a minimum of £40.
You’ll pay from £1.50 through to £5 as a delivery depending on what slot you want to book.
When you’ve got your slot, it’s reserved for 60 minutes, so be sure to add foods and check out or you’ll possibly need to book a new one. (Remember, you can always edit your shop later on).
A Delivery pass can cost you from £5 a month with Morrisons.
Morrisons is also selling food boxes with next day delivery which could be an option too.
When will the payment be taken?
Morrisons will reserve £1 from your account to make sure the payment card is valid.
The full amount for your food shop will be taken within two days of delivery.
Asda Xmas delivery slots
You can book a Christmas delivery slot with Asda up until 24th December, but they have not confirmed when slots are open.
Delivery will costs from £1 – £7. If you’re buying less than £40 of food for delivery, you need to pay a minimum basket charge of £3.
There will also be 1 hour Click & Collect slots available on some days.
Asda Click & Collect can be free, and you need to spend a minimum of £25.
When is the payment taken?
Asda takes a pre-authorisation amount of 1p to check your card works, although you won’t pay that as it’s just held back.
The full amount will be taken either on the day of your delivery or collection, or the day before.
If you choose same-day delivery or collection, they will authorise your card a few hours before your slot time.
Sainsbury’s Christmas delivery slots
Slots for Sainsbury’s Christmas delivery will be bookable from the end of November.
Depending on when you want your food delivered, there are different booking dates.
Here were the dates from last year to help you plan:
|For delivery or collection on||Book from|
|20 December||29 November|
|21 December||30 November|
|22 December||1 December|
|23 December||2 December|
Fresh turkeys will usually be available to add to your basket from 20 December, and fresh desserts can be added to your basket from 21 December.
You’re able to book your slot, checkout, but then update your basket (and remember to check out again) right up until 11 pm the day before your delivery is due.
You’ll look to pay from £1 to £6.50 as a delivery charge depending on the day and time you want your food to arrive.
Click & Collect 1 hour slots will also be available.
When is the payment taken?
Online payments for Sainsbury’s will be taken when your order is ready for delivery.
Waitrose Christmas delivery slots
Delivery slots for Christmas are in November for Waitrose, and you can book a slot up to Christmas Eve.
For collection, you can book free collection with no minimum spend.
You need to spend a minimum of £40 to get food delivered from Waitrose, but you won’t need to pay a delivery charge.
It’s not necessarily a skint person’s supermarket option, but there are some Waitrose discount codes about, which will bring the cost of your shop down.
When is the payment taken?
Your payment card won’t be charged until your order is packed and goes through the checkout in store on the day of delivery or collection.
Ocado Christmas slots
You can book two deliveries between the Christmas delivery slots, although only allow only delivery on 23rd and 24th to give everyone a chance.
For other customers, they generally release slots in early December for delivery between 20th and 24th December.
When is the payment taken?
Payment for your food shop from Ocado isn’t taken until after it has been delivered.
However, they will take a pre-authorised payment a day or so before the delivery. This means you will need to have the full amount in your account a few days ahead.
Supermarket Christmas delivery tips
If you’re new to online shopping, or are a pro, and want to make sure things go as smoothly as possible, here are some tips to make sure you save both time and money on your supermarket Christmas delivery.
Don’t put it off
The slots can go QUICK.
Last year, some of the slots for Tesco Christmas deliveries sold out in minutes! And, even this year, many slots are gone at other supermarkets.
Even if you don’t know what the full shop is, book a slot, add a few things to your basket to get it booked in. Then come back later to amend the shop and get everything you need.
Supermarkets allow you to make edits to your order before the delivery, but check where you’ll be shopping for when their cut off is.
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Don’t get it delivered at the 11th hour
You will want your food to be as fresh as possible, which is why I understand people want it delivered at the last minute.
However, if there are items out of stock, you may get substitutes that aren’t suitable. And I’ve heard some amazingly-silly supermarket sub-stories in my time!
If you have your food delivered a few days before Christmas, it gives you a chance to get to the shop if you need to grab anything else.
But, it won’t be that much of a panic as most supermarkets (and Express/Local stores) are open on Christmas Eve anyway, but will close early.
Also, keep in mind, if there’s adverse weather, it may cause delays to your food delivery.
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