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Christmas with two children costs a family at least £182

The lowest cost for a Christmas for a familywith two children is £182 new reserach illuminates.Christmas with two children costs a family at least £182Research for the charity Family Action says the poorest families will spend two thirds less on the festivities than the average family.

Most UK families will spend between £530 and £682 on gifts, decorations, food and drink, it adds.

But most of the poorer families quizzed for the study said even they would spend around £200.

The report, Breaking the Bank: A Cut-Price Christmas, is based on detailed focus groups and interviews with 22 families who use the charity’s services.

Many felt pressure to buy gifts for their children that were far more expensive than they could afford.

They blamed this mainly on retailers, the media and older children’s expectations of electronic goods like MP3 players, mobile phones and branded items.

One parent said: “The older ones, they’re all wanting mobile phones or the laptops and you haven’t got the money for that.”

Another said: “Mine, she wants a toy from X and it costs £40. She shows me on the TV every day, when they show advertisements. She just points with her finger. ‘Mum, can you buy me this for Christmas?”‘

Nonetheless, the majority of the parents planned to spend less than £200 in total this year and almost all planned to buy their children essential clothing as Christmas gifts.

The report says: “A Cut-Price Christmas highlights the challenge of being a parent on a low income: not wanting to crush your kid’s sense of fun but not being able to escape the reality of up-to-the wire budgeting and debt.”

A minimum standard Christmas involved celebrating Christmas Day along with the extended family, a slap-up meal, and giving a few cheap gifts.

A lone parent with two children aged eight and 12 is likely to receive £209.49 per week in benefits if they are not working. The report suggests they would need to save up their disposable income for two and a half weeks to be able to afford the £182 Cut-Price Christmas.

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