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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Nancy December 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

One of my favorite Christmas memories is my grandmother making delicious homemade cornbread stuffing for us all and giblet-less gravy just for me and Uncle Glenn (since I didn’t like giblets!)

Nancy December 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I am an e-mail subscriber.

Karen B December 24, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I have 3 different grocery stores close by so I watch their sales, use coupons, and know which items I use often are the best price at which stores.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Rachel Grotsky December 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm

My favorite Christmas memory is when I attended a friend’s party with my family in my old neighborhood and had Santa come.

George Ferris December 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

My favorite money saving tip is to let someone else spend their
money and I get to save mine.

Diane Baum December 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Always have a list and stick to it.

Margaret Smith December 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

My best savings tip is to buy items little by little each week. This way you’re not hit with a big bill all at once. Also, use coupons whenever you can.
Thanks so much and Happy Holidays.

Margaret Smith December 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I’m a subscriber.
Thanks again.

ky2here December 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

My favorite holiday memory is being crammed into Grandma’s roasting hot living room with the home movie camera light blinding our eyes. Good times!

ky2here December 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Following on twitter as ky2here1, please follow back if you can.

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Betty K. December 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I buy my groceries(except the fresh stuff) weeks in advance when the prices are usually cheaper and shop 2-3 different stores. If I have coupons I’ll buy those products at the stores that double or triple them.

Jessie C. December 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm

My favorite holiday memory is the family reunion time.

Jessie C. December 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Jessie C. December 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Email sub.

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Jessie C. December 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Jessie C. December 24, 2009 at 2:29 pm
angela December 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

my best tip is to shop around to get good sales

Jill L December 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

One of my favorite memories is watching my 2 year old son sleeping under the lit Christmas tree. It was such a precious sight.

Melissa W December 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

My money saving tip is knowing what you’re going to buy.. and use coupons!

Amber G December 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

My favorite holiday memory is baking gingersnap cookies with my mom!

Jennifer December 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

My favorite holiday memory is spending the holiday with my husband at a beautiful lodge.

lilshuga2001 December 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

definately combine coupons and remember that walmart will match any advertised price out there!!1 ::)

Stephanie V. December 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm

When my grandmother was still with us she had christmas eve every year and spent weeks making homemade tamales preparing for this special day
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Melanie (ModernMami) December 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

@Stephanie V., Congratulations! You’ve won a $30 Walmart gift card. :)

amira December 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

my favorite holiday memory was when my sister surprised us by revealing that she was having a baby!

susan varney December 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm

save loose change all year you’ll be surprized hom much you have saved at years end

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