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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Karen Gonyea December 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Some of my fav memories include hearing Christmas stories before bed.

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Tim Hughes December 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

My favorite holiday memory happened yesterday when my grandfather gave me his fathers pocket watch as my Christmas gift.

Tim Hughes December 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Tim Hughes December 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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gala2 December 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Money saving tip:

Shop Walmart’s after any weekend for big savings on fresh produce. I go every Monday or Tuesday and not only do I save, it’s all the healthiest stuff.

Jimmy December 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Save your coupons for when a product is on sale….then you get double the savings

Becky December 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm

My money saving tip is get invited somewhere..or do a holiday where everyone brings something.

blueviolet December 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I remember the first peek at the Christmas tree as a child on Christmas morning and how completely magical it was!

blueviolet December 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I’m an email subscriber

Ed Nemmers December 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

We break oplatek ( Christmas wafer ) before the holiday meal with each other!

akted December 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Make a menu 2 weeks out(ahead) Then use your circulars to see whats on sale and make your menu from that. Your meals are planned and when you go to the store you don’t buy any extras, just whats on your list + you don’t have to go back to the store for almost 2 weeks!

Carla December 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Shop during sales, get stuff marked on discount when it’s ready to expire, and shop at scratch & dent stores.

Patti Sherman December 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

My favorite Holiday memories are from when my parents were alive and we would all get together. Times have changes and people have moved and Christmas is no longer the same.

Beth E December 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

My favorite holiday memory is making marzipan together with my family.

Aniela December 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm

To save money, I get Christmas paper goods and party supplies the year before when they go on sale right after Christmas.

Bambi M December 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

My money saving tip is to buy in bulk and use coupons!

gloria December 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm

My favorite holiday memory is when my dad was alive and my twin sons were about 3. We were gathered at my mom and dad’s house and a friend of the family dressed up like Santa and knocked on the window outside. The boys got scared and sat on Grandpa’s lap. Dustin wasn’t really too scared but Travis was always scared of Santa, Chuck E Cheese and people dressed up like that. Now they’re 18 and it’s a nice memory. It seems like only a few years ago.

gloria December 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm
gloria December 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

subscribe to email already

sarah d. December 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Money saving tip: buy on sale, use coupons, don’t wait till the last minute to shop.

gloria December 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm
hazel hunt December 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Would love to win this !!!!

Sarah L December 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I save money by staying out of stores. Thanks for the contest.

Sarah L December 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm
Sarah L December 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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