THE AVERAGE household spends £500 more during the festive period than usual.
But experts claim you can actually enjoy a proper family Christmas Day for less than £100.
According to financial app Wagestream, it's possible to stock up on everything – from booze to pressies – on a budget, if you're savvy.
They have revealed exactly what you should buy, and where from, to keep costs down to an incredible £99.61 this December 25th.
“Christmas can be hugely stressful for many households, as there is massive pressure to deliver the perfect day for all the family," saidPeter Briffett, CEO of Wagestream.
“Children are bombarded with adverts showing expensive must-have toys, and families end up over-spending on Christmas in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses, which can result in expensive interest payments for credit card debt and loans in January.
Food and drinks for Christmas Day
- Turkey – Lidl Braemoor Ready Basted Small British Turkey with Giblets – £9.99
- Roast potatoes – Tesco Roast Potatoes, 800G, £1
- Gravy – Tesco Schwartz Classic Roast Turkey Gravy Mix, 25G, £0.90
- Mince pies – Tesco Tesco Mince Pies 6 Pack £0.87 1 £0.87
- Bacon – Tesco Woodside Farms Cooking Bacon, 500G, £0.72
- Brussels sprouts – Waitrose essential Brussel sprouts, 500g, £0.65
- Carrots – Waitrose essential carrots, 0.6kg, £0.42
- Parsnips – Tesco Parsnips Loose Class 1, 0.15kg, £0.18
- Chipolatas – Sainsbury's Butcher's Choice Pork Chipolata Sausages x12, £1.40
- Christmas pudding – Lidl Favorina Christmas Pudding, £3.39
- Brandy butter – Tesco Brandy Butter, 200G, £1.74
- Christmas cake – Tesco Fully Iced Fruit Cake, 907G, £6
- Sherry – Asda Fino Sherry, £4.70
- Mulled wine – Tesco Mulled Wine, £3.50
- Bucks Fizz – Tesco Bucks Fizz, £2
- Bottle of bubbly – Aldi Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC, £4.99
- Christmas crackers – The Works Kids Mini Christmas Crackers, Pack Of 6, £1
- Table cloth – Wilko Silver Wipeable Christmas Tablecloth, £1.50
- Party poppers – Tesco 20 Party Poppers, £2
“We thought it would be nice to do some research to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great Christmas — and you don’t need to scrimp on the simple pleasures either."
But while their great value Christmas shopping list won't cost you the earth, it features some luxury items too.
These include Aldi bubbly, veg from Waitrose and even a festive table cloth.
The most expensive item is, of course, the turkey – which will set you back £9.99 from Lidl.
Presents and cards for the whole family
- Christmas cards – The Works Festive Friends Christmas Cards, Pack Of 20, £2
- Wrapping paper – The Works Christmas Gift Wrap, 10M, £2
- Dad's pressie – Boots Ted Baker Mini Gift, £4.50
- Mum's pressie – Boots Soap & Glory Original Pink Collection Tin (Gifts for Her), £6.67
- Child No1's pressie – The Works Retro Wood Satchel Skateboard, £4
- Child No2's pressie – The Works Giant Fairy Shaped Foam Jigsaw Puzzle, £7
- Wrapping paper – Wilko Festive Fiesta Gift Wrap, 9 Sheets, £1
- Advent calendars – Sainsbury's Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, 2x £1.50
- Stocking – Hobby Craft Red Felt Christmas Stocking, 2x £1
- Stocking fillers – The Works Unicorn Stampers, Pack of 10, £2
Their shopping list also includes gifts for mum, dad and two kids, as well as after-dinner board games accompanied by a box of Quality Street to keep you fuelled.
The news comes as it was revealed that the prices of stuffing and gravy have soared this festive season.
Festive decorations and entertainment
- Christmas tree – Wilko Tree Green Tinsel, 3ft, £5
- Xmas baubles – Wilko Mini 38 Pack Luxe Sparkle Gold Baubles, £3
- Xmas tree lights – Aldi 50 Warm White LED Outdoor Lights, £3.99
- Tinsel – Wilko Gold Christmas Tinsel, 2m, £1
- Box of Chocs – Quality street tub from Tesco, 650g, £3.50
- Board game – The Works Christmas bingo game, £2
Savvy shoppers can nab themselves a giant 2kg Quality Street tin from Costco for £8.40.
If you work for the NHS, you can get £20 off Uber Eats deliveries or Uber taxis over Christmas.
In other festive news, we told you how a mum has impressed the internet with a Christmas tree teepee that you can crawl inside.
We also told you how a mum has been praised for making an entire Christmas tree dedicated to Kevin the Carrot.
And Primark is selling Wizard of Oz PJs and they're perfect for Christmas Eve.
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