Creating Affordable Holiday Meals: Win $30 Walmart Gift Card!

by Melanie Edwards on December 23, 2009 · 335 comments

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I CAN.NOT believe Christmas is just 2 days away. And for us, really, the celebrations begin tomorrow. Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) is the day that we all get together and have our family get-together and big dinner. Good food, sharing memories from when my brothers and I were young, and creating new memories for my baby girl. I get to spend this time with my husband, daughter, and my parents. I love it.

I’ve never really taken count as to how much money goes into creating a meal for so many people. Even when I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house last year, I didn’t keep track; I just bought what I needed. But, I know that it can quickly add up. This year, I’m watching our money more closely and plan to do this even more so as 2010 comes around. One thing I’m doing to save money this year is buying presents for only the children in our family. The adults have agreed to this and it works out great for everyone, since it can be hard to find presents for grown-ups who already have a lot of things, anyway.

How can you save money with your holiday cooking? Well, Walmart is providing tips for cooking a Christmas Dinner for Eight for $30 as well as a New Year’s Party for Ten under $40. The Walmart Holiday Meals site has recipes from Food Network chef Aarón Sánchez with tips on how to create an affordable meal. The $30 Christmas meal for eight starts with the following ingredients:

  • One 10-pound spiral cut half-ham
  • Three 8-ounce cans Del Monte Green Beans
  • One 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes
  • One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
  • One 10 inch Pumpkin Pie

Christmas Dinner for Eight Under $30

Aarón then takes these ingredients and spices them up to create dishes like Ham with Mango Jalapeño Glaze, Chipotle Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Green Bean & Mushroom Picadillo. He does the same for the $40 New Year’s Party meal and even spices up Egg Nog to create a Coquito-like drink.

New Year's Meal for Ten under $40

Want your chance to shop Walmart and create an affordable meal? Even if not in time for the holidays, you can always appreciate saving money when cooking.


We’re going to do a super-quick giveaway due to the time crunch. Two of you will win a $30 Walmart gift card.

How to Enter

If you’d like to enter this contest for a $30 Walmart gift cardleave a comment below sharing your own favorite holiday memory or your money-saving tips. (mandatory entry)

For extra entries:

  1. Tweet about this contest with a link back to this post and include @modernmami in your tweet. You must leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet for your entry to count.
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  4. Write a blog post on your own blog and link back to this contest page. Leave a comment with your post link.

All entries must be in by Saturday, December 26 at 11:59 pm EST. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winners will be chosen using and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.)

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Walmart. In addition, I received a Walmart gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate and two to offer as a giveaway.

Photos from Walmart Holiday Meals site

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elainedesantis December 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

My entery is so close to the end

Asianmommy December 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

My favorite memory is when we were new parents and our daughter was not quite a year old. We set up the tree, surrounded it with a gate, and only put ornaments on the top half of the tree. We wanted to keep her from knocking over the tree and breaking all of the ornaments, but in retrospect, I think we went a little overboard. 🙂

lisa December 24, 2009 at 8:35 am

I love combining sales with coupons.

lisa December 24, 2009 at 8:36 am
lisa December 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

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Nadine L December 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

Go to the store with a list and a purpose. If you stick with the list and don’t buy any extra impulse buys, you will save money in the long run.

Nadine L December 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

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Terri Egelund December 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

We love to do appetizers on Christmas Eve for dinner.

Nancy December 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

I try and combine sales with coupons and rebates to get the best prices. A couple of our grocery stores also have free hams and turkeys for the holidays if you spend so much over a number of weeks leading up to the holiday.

Nancy December 24, 2009 at 11:00 am
Sue B December 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

Stock up on items that are on sale and use coupons. Try and combine this when manufacturers are offering cash back(get $5 back when you purchase $20 of products).

Pete B December 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

Playing with the kids on Christmas day when they are excited about a new gift or game they received.

Mami2jcn December 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

My best holiday memory was getting married at Christmas time, 11 years ago.

Mami2jcn December 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

I’m an email subscriber.

Mcnerd December 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

I preserve/can a lot of my food and make my own condiments so I don’t have to do much shopping for the holiday meals which is a tremendous savings.

Christie December 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

My money saving advice for holidays is to allow all guests to bring something even if it is only sodas. Spreading the expense doesn’t leave anyone out much at all financially and gives all a good feast.

Amy Delong December 24, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love using coupons to save money!


Laura C December 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I like putting up my little houses.

Rosey December 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

We always had Christmas at my grandparent’s home, so my favorite memory is sleeping in the living room on the couch my grandma made up for me, so I could be next to the tree on Christmas Eve.

Carol December 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I fondly remember the Christmas morning we found out I was pregnant with my son, and then sharing the wonderful news with family and friends that day.

Carol December 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Carol December 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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