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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Adrienne Gordon December 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

stick to your shopping list, don’t get drawn in by “sales”.

Patricia December 24, 2009 at 8:31 pm

My favorite memory is spending Christmas with my husband. We sing hymns as we remember the reason for this special season.

barbara wilson December 24, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I am very frugal for the holiday I make my own wrapping paper and every day I save money by saving the cold water from the tap in jug when I running it for hot water. Use it later to water the plants

Linda Lansford December 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I save money by not doing impulse buying

Audrey December 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm

My Christmas money saving tip is to make a list ahead of time with everyone’s interests next to their name. Keeping track makes it easier to fall into unplanned shopping territory.

Audrey December 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Am following on twitter @pelletposy

Audrey December 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm

tweeted this contest

Happy holidays & thanks for the fun giveaway!

Jill Hayes December 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

My favorite holiday memory was finding that Santa had left a bicycle under the Christmas tree for me when I was little!

Renee C. December 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

When I met my husband I was surprised by their tradition of giving each other ornaments on Christmas year. This is one that has STUCK… my kids love it, in fact we just opened up our Christmas ornaments and enjoyed hanging them in special places on the tree. Whether its the Leg Lamp for dad, the Dogs barking Jingle Bells for Jacob, the Chocolate…Breakfast for Champions for Julia or the Delicate pretty ornaments that are chosen for me it is ALWAYS special…

Jill Hayes December 24, 2009 at 9:14 pm
MistySunrise December 24, 2009 at 9:56 pm

one of my money saving tips, is to get all the sales ad, and make a shopping list from there.

MistySunrise December 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm
Carolyn G December 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

my favorite memory is of mamking tamales with my mom and my grandmother every CHristmas.

MistySunrise December 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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Nanette Olson December 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm

My money saving tip is to shop for Christmas gifts all year long and find things that are on clearance. The prices are higher at Christmas time and it is harder to find what I want.

Carolyn G December 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm
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Carolyn G December 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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Soha Molina December 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

My money saving tip is to make a list and stick to it.

Amanda D. December 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

My favorite holiday memory is my daughter’s first Christmas. It was just kind of neat, as new parents, celebrating Christmas as a family for the very first time. :) macd82 at gmail dot com

Gina December 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

My favorite Christmas memory is every year we drove around on Christmas Eve to look at all the lights on the houses.

Soha Molina December 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm
Soha Molina December 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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Soha Molina December 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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Cindy Merrill December 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

This time of year, applesauce is less expensive than apples:
Applesauce pie is a good money saver:
To 1 quart of applesauce beat in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup rolled oats, add 1/4 cup flour and 1tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. allspice or applepie spice. Pour into 9 inck pie plate lined with pie crust, add a little grated nutmeg. Bake at 325 for 65min – filling should pull away from edges, middle should puff up. Serve warm.

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