So, donning our best Christmas jumpers and with bags of festive cheer - we bundled ourselves off to Poundland to see if we could 'do' Christmas for under £30 - presents, food, Christmas decorations, the lot.
Christmas on a budget - the mission
- Christmas decorations
- Presents for Mum, Dad, Grandparents, brother, sister and a partner
- Food for a Christmas dinner for two people
But can you do the entire of Christmas for just over the same cost of one gift?
Why yes, yes you can…
Cheap Christmas decorations
When it comes to decorations and things like crackers, you can't go wrong with being seriously cheap.
With Waitrose own crackers setting you back £40 – we thought our Poundland crackers were a find at, you guessed it, £1.
Place mats, a tree, lights a wreath we got it all. OK the tree was tiny, but we challenge you to look at it all done up and not feel festive.
We successfully managed to pull off a three course Xmas feast from our Poundland finds, including some big name brands.
Here's our menu:
- Chicken thighs
- Bisto Gravy
- Mushy peas
- Fox's Christmas pudding
- Mr Kipling mince pies
- Ambrosia custard
- Cheese and crackers
- After Eight Mints
How much we saved vs. other supermarkets
Christmas Gift Ideas
The best finds on our gift hunt were big name make-up brands, such as Calvin Klein and Revlon (perfect for mum or sis), best-selling books and of course a box of Milk Tray – which were a fraction of the supermarket price of £6.
- Calvin Klein eye shadow
- Revlon nail varnish.
- Milk Tray chocolates
- William Dietrich's The Barbary Pirates
- A photo frame
- Donnie Darko DVD
- A plaid scarf
How our cheap presents stacked up
So what was the grand total? Drum roll...
We saved £239.06
Proving that the festive season doesn't need to bankrupt you. Now that is a very merry Christmas
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