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

by Melanie Edwards on December 23, 2009 · 335 comments

in Giveaways

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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Shilo Beedy December 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

My favorite holiday memory was seeing Santa at my grandmas house. My sister and I kept looking out the window after he left to see if we could see the sleigh.

Sarah L December 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm
R Hicks December 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm

My fav memory was a few xmass past when I had the good fortune to share one last xmas with my grandfather. I will never forget it.

R Hicks December 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm
R Hicks December 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

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R Hicks December 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm
kelly wakefield December 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I shop sales early & stock up on staples! I also make my cookie dough in early November and freeze. In December it’s super easy to thaw out & bake the cookies — less mess to clean up!

Marjorie Whitney December 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

My favorite tip is to plan everything well ahead of time.
When you aren’t under the time gun it’s much easier to make decisions that fit your lifestyle and budget.

Joanne Schultz December 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Our family always used to get together for holidays. These days, it’s pretty much just our immediate family as other people have moved away or are no longer among the living. I did like it when the entire family was together.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Joanne Schultz December 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm
christina singer December 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

we save money on holiday meals by freezing left overs throughout the month and using them in appetizers and casseroles.

kathy pease December 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

i buy grocery coupons on ebay..u can get them in lots of 200 for around 2 store doubles so i save lots of money

kathy pease December 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm
Leslie December 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm

My favorite holiday memory is the first Christmas I spent with my guy, and he surprised me with a little blue Tiffany box under the tree.

Sand December 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I stock up when stores have sales and pair it up with coupons for extra savings.

dawn December 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm

would love to win this

Kelly Grant December 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm


KristelH December 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I like to look through the ads on Sunday and find the best prices on the items I need/want. Definitely shop the after Christmas sales too!

Karen M December 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

My money saving tips for the holidays are shopping the sales. Groceries are so much less expensive when you buy things on sale. Thanks for the giveaway.

Annemarie December 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm

My favorite holiday memory is watching the parade together!

Annemarie December 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I subscribe via email.

Julie Moe December 26, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Stock up only on essentials when they are on sale

nicole December 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm

My money saving tip is to use coupons from online websites (they seem to have the best deals).

Brian E. December 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for the giveaway…for big Holiday get-togethers (this year) with all our friends, we usually assign a dish or beverage to each person, couple, or family to spread out the expense.

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