How to buy your entire Christmas at B&M for an absolute bargain

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Christmas is the most wonderful times of the year … and can often be one of the most expensive.

However, there’s no need to spend a fortune on your festivities.

With that in mind, the Derby Telegraph set out to buy Christmas on a budget.

Our reporter went out to B&M Home Store in Ascot Drive, Derby, on a mission to buy the essentials, without it costing the earth.

B&M Home Store in Ascot Drive, Derby.

B&M Home Store in Ascot Drive, Derby.

First things first, the tree.

At the B&M Home Store in Ascot Drive you can buy a 6ft undecorated Christmas tree for £12 – in comparison to others on the market that start from around £19.99.

If you visit B&M’s website however, there are smaller pre-lit trees at 3.5ft for £8.

A two-metre length of tinsel will set you back just £1 and a box of baubles costs £1.99.

The cheapest set of Christmas tree lights online costs £3.99 for 50, but in store you can buy a box of 100 lights for £5.99.

In total, if you fancy a 6ft tree with lights and tinsel, the total cost will set you back £20.98 – if you opted for the taller tree and 100 lights.

The cheapest set of Christmas tree lights online costs £3.99 for 50, but in store you can buy a box of 100 lights for £5.99.

The cheapest set of Christmas tree lights online costs £3.99 for 50, but in store you can buy a box of 100 lights for £5.99.

A star for the top costs around £4.99 – depending on how fancy or how big you’d like it.

Now on to Christmas lunch.

If you really want to do Christmas on a budget, you might opt for a tin of Bachelors cream of chicken soup costing 39p each to start.

For your main course, and those who don’t want to splash out on turkey, there is tinned ham for £1.49 at B&M.

This could be paired with a tin of peas for 25p, a tin of carrots for 39p, a 2kg bag of potatoes for 89p, Bisto gravy for 99p, stuffing for 99p and a Yorkshire pudding mix for 39p.

Now on to dessert. You can buy two mini Christmas puddings for £1.19, a box of six mince pies for 99p or a large panettone for £2.49.

In total, your three-course Christmas lunch could cost as little as £7, depending on how many people you’re feeding and if you opt for the mince pies as a dessert.

If you really want to do Christmas on a budget, you might opt for a tin of Bachelors cream of chicken soup costing 39p each to start. Our reporter went out to see if you could buy Christmas from B&M in Ascot Drive

If you really want to do Christmas on a budget, you might opt for a tin of Bachelors cream of chicken soup costing 39p each to start.

And not to forget crackers, which start from £1.69 for a box of 12 mini ones.

B&M also have a range of gifts and toys to choose from.

You can buy a scarf for £3.99, a pair of slippers for £5.99, a toy doll for £4.99 and a dinosaur toy with lights and sounds for £4.99.

B&M also have a range of gifts and toys to choose from.

B&M also have a range of gifts and toys to choose from.

Taking all of this into account, you can very well organise Christmas for a small number of people for less than £50, whhch includes a tree and decorations, a three-course meal and a gift for family members.

B&M also had other affordable luxuries on offer, for example a table runner will set you back £4.99, napkins for £1.99, stockings for £3.99, selection boxes for as little as 89p and wrapping paper for £1.

Plus, any added extras such as a box of Quality Street or Celebrations for £2.99 or a large box of McVities biscuits for 99p.

So, depending on how lavish you’d like your decorations and tree to be, how many gifts you need to purchase and how many people you’re serving Christmas lunch to, the cost of your festivities really can be kept to a minimum – if you shop in the right places.