We did budget Christmas at Poundland for under £30

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We 'did' Christmas at Poundland & saved over £200. Here's how you can do Christmas on a shoestring...

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The average 18-34 year old in the UK spends around £415 on Christmas, according to MoneySupermarket.com, with one in five admitting their festive shopping puts them into debt.

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.

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Our Poundland swag - saving £239.06



Christmas on a budget - the mission


To buy:

  • Christmas decorations

  • Presents for Mum, Dad, Grandparents, brother, sister and a partner

  • Food for a Christmas dinner for two people

All for under £30 - which is just over the average cost of one present this Christmas (£28.70).

But can you do the entire of Christmas for just over the same cost of one gift?

Why yes, yes you can…

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The Handbag.com team enjoy some cheap Christmas cheer



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.

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A three course Christmas dinner for two



Christmas dinner


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

  • Smash

  • Mushy peas

  • Fox's Christmas pudding

  • Mr Kipling mince pies

  • Ambrosia custard

  • Cheese and crackers

  • After Eight Mints

Sure it was lacking in the veg department, but if you could add some fresh vegetables from elsewhere the meal could really work – especially if having a 'friendmas'.

How much we saved vs. other supermarkets


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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.

We bought:

  • 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

  • Headphones

How our cheap presents stacked up


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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

Thoughts? Tweet us @handbagcom

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