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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Brian E. December 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm
DENISE December 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

My money saving tip is to reuse gift bags whenever possible.

Barbara Long December 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm

My money saving tip is to plan your menus around the sales ads as well as matching up coupons with the ads also for extra savings.

Ana December 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Hey I always shop on walmart because is cheap and the food is for me the best clothes is always cheap toys are cheap and now that I’m pregnant I go there to buy fruits and begetables because they are always fresh

Nancy S. December 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I do most of my Christmas shopping at the grocery store. I buy special things my family likes that are practical and often on sale, and everyone seems to enjoy them. I got my son a case of Pepsi, my father his favorite ice cream and my brother-in-law egg nog, and they were all happier than if I bought a traditional gift item.

Nancy S. December 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm
Lisa A. December 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm

My favorite holiday memory is going to my grandparents’ house for the holidays. The car trips always took place in the dark, and when we arrived, everyone would already be asleep! But the next morning, the fun would begin!

Lisa A. December 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm

I subscribe by email!

DanV December 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

My favorite memory is getting together with my extended family

Veronica Garrett December 27, 2009 at 12:09 am

My favorite holiday memory is my daughter’s first Christmas.

Lu Ann M December 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

My favorite holiday memory was getting to go to Ruidoso for Christmas the year after my Mom passed away. Ruidoso was one of her favorite places. The whole trip was magical.

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Lori R. December 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

My favorite holiday memory is from the last Christmas with my dad, who passed away in 1998. I remember we all met at his house to help decorate the Christmas tree and play games – something he loved to do.

heather c December 27, 2009 at 12:24 am

Best holiday memory was making pies with my grandmother. She was great at doing that!

heather c December 27, 2009 at 12:34 am
Angela P December 27, 2009 at 12:46 am

My favorite memory is now from a couple of days ago when my one year old opened presents and gave us his first “Wow” when he saw his toys. Now we have a hard time stopping him from opening all the gifts!

Lily Kwan December 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

My favorite money-saving tip is to combine coupons with sales when grocery shopping.

Lily Kwan December 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

I subscribed by email.

Gianna December 27, 2009 at 12:51 am

I look at sale flyers online every week and combine with coupons :)

tanya December 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

i save money by keeping a price book of all of the items that i buy so that i know i am getting a good deal. prices of items in the grocery store fluctuate and although a sign says sale it may only be 5 cents off of the regular price.

Jessica December 27, 2009 at 12:56 am

My money saving tip is to use coupons and shop at Walmart they have the lowest prices.

Heidi Gail December 27, 2009 at 12:58 am

I have the guests bring side dishes so that I pay less for the meal, have more guests, and make them feel included.

Mandy H December 27, 2009 at 1:00 am

I save money by buying in bulk like shopping at bj’s. Have two growing boys so I have to save money. Thanks.

Steven S. December 27, 2009 at 1:15 am

My favourite holiday memory is sitting at home with the family after a heavy Christmas dinner :)

Melanie December 27, 2009 at 1:26 am

Coupons are my best friend during the holiday season!

Debbie B December 27, 2009 at 1:39 am

I try to use coupons when i can!

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