Christmas delivery slots for supermarkets are expected to be popular again this year, so it pays to be prepared and know exactly when they’ll be released. Here is everything you need to know
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Christmas may still be months away but supermarkets are already starting to confirm when their delivery slots will become available.
Delivery slots were in high demand in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis – and they’re expected to be popular again this year.
From Tesco to Asda and Morrisons, we explain everything you need to know about securing your shop.
It comes as suppliers continue to warn how goods like toys, Prosecco and even turkey could be in short supply this year.
Tesco customers who are signed up to its Delivery Saver service will be able to book slots from 6am on November 16.
If you’re not signed up to Delivery Saver, its regular slots will become available from 6am on November 23.
Delivery Saver costs £7.99 per month and gives shoppers free deliveries on orders worth more than £40.
Other deliveries are charged a flat fee of £4.50, or £5.50 if you’re ordering from a fulfilment centre.
There is also an extra charge of £4 if your order is less than £40.
Asda has yet to announce when its delivery slots for Christmas will become available.
They were released in November last year, so it could be that customers still have a few weeks to wait until they can secure their spot.
We’ve asked Asda for more information about when they’ll be released and we’ll update this article.
Asda deliveries cost between £1 and £7, depending on the time and day you order, with a minimum spend of £40.
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Sainsbury’s also hasn’t released details of when its Christmas delivery slots for 2021 will be released.
Last year, its slots become available toward the end of November, starting from November 29.
We’ve asked if this will be the case this year as well.
Sainsbury’s orders above £40 cost between £2 and £4.50 for delivery, while orders under this amount cost £7.
Shops worth £100 or more which are booked for delivery from Monday to Thursday after 2pm can be delivered for free.
By buying a little bit extra with the weekly shop and putting it in the donation box located in-store, customers can help Lidl meet its target of donating 5million meals a year to those in need.
Lidl is helping to tackle hunger in Britain’s communities through its Feed it Back scheme and has teamed up with partner Neighbourly to ensure any donated food will be put to good use every day.
The key items to pop in the box are: Cereal/Soup/Pasta/Rice/Tinned tomatoes or pasta sauce/Lentils, beans and pulses/Tinned meat/Tinned vegetables/Tea and coffee/Tinned fruit/Biscuits/UHT milk/Fruit juice.
Find out more about Lidl’s Feed it Back scheme here.
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer has opened its Food to Order service for Christmas 2021, which means you can now order your festive shop for collection in store.
As this isn’t a delivery service, you do need to be able to pick up your order in store.
All orders are subject to a £40 deposit which must be paid online, with the remaining amount to be paid in stores when you collect.
M&S says there are collection slots available for between December 22 and December 24.
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Iceland hasn’t allowed customers to book Christmas slots in advance in previous years – instead, it released delivery slots six days in advance as normal.
If this is the case this year, you’ll want to keep an eye out from November 14 for delivery on December 20.
The frozen goods grocer hasn’t released details of its Christmas delivery slots for 2021 just yet, but we’ve asked for more information.
Iceland delivery is free on orders over £40 – anything under this amount is charged £3.
Morrisons shoppers will have to wait a little longer yet before they can book their Christmas delivery slot.
The supermarket hasn’t confirmed when its delivery times will become available, but it released them from early November last year.
We’ve asked Morrisons for more information and we’ll update this article once we know more.
Morrisons offers a series of delivery passes that entitle you to free delivery anytime for specified periods.
The anytime pass, which covers deliveries any day of the week, is available for a month (£8), for six months (£40) or annually (£65).
The midweek pass, which is for deliveries Tuesday to Thursday, is also available for a month (£5), for six months (£20) or annually (£35).
It is also possible to get Morrisons food delivered for free without a pass, if you order before 3pm and book your slot in advance.
Waitrose shoppers also have a little longer to wait, as there hasn’t been any information released about its Christmas 2021 slots yet.
Last year, it released this information in early October – so it’s worth keeping an eye on its website for more information.
Waitrose delivery is free on orders under £40.
Ocado shoppers who signed up to its Smart Pass before September 26, 2021, will be given “priority access” to Christmas slots for this year.
But the food delivery giant warns demand is likely to be high, so even Smart Pass shoppers aren’t guaranteed a slot.
Some customers who signed up for an Ocado Delivery Pass before 2009 were entitled to a free delivery at Christmas.
If you’re one of them, you’ll continue to get your free slot.
We’ve asked Ocado when slots will be available non-members.