I do not always make my own mincemeat, it depend on whether I can find a bargain after Christmas to store away for the following season. The last 2 years I was lucky and bought it for 10p a jar at Approved Foods and Sainsburys. This year I could not find any or thought the reduction was poor so I sued my Marguerite Pattern recipe to create some of my own. Not sure how it will turn out as the mixture seemed very dry when I put it in the jar. I'll let you know in a few weeks time how it has turned out.
Making your own is definitely cheaper as the price of ready made has risen to over £1 a jar !