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.

Giveaway

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.
  2. Subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with the email you used to subscribe. (You can use the email field to do this instead of putting your email in the comment if you prefer.)
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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 Random.org 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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Jen December 24, 2009 at 11:19 pm

To save money, I wrap gifts in newspapers and comic strips,

Jen December 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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Jen December 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Jess December 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm

My sister and I used to stay up late Christmas eve. We’d talk and be silly and every so often say “are you still awake?” I miss that.

CHARLENE December 25, 2009 at 12:41 am

monkey bread om Christmas morning

Melinda December 25, 2009 at 1:05 am

My favorite holiday memory is watching my children, laughing and jumping, as they wrap each others present trying not to give away the secret under their paper masterpiece. They mark and x on the calander as each day passes until Christmas day. The whole house is full of the anticipation.

Terri D December 25, 2009 at 1:05 am

My favorite memory is my whole family being together for the whole weekend, getting up Christmas morning in pj’s, opening presents together.

mickeyfan December 25, 2009 at 1:36 am

Our firstborn came on 12/21. When he was to go home from the hospital on Christmas eve day, the nurse brought him in in a huge red stocking. We still use that stocking every year as a decoration.

Daniel M December 25, 2009 at 1:43 am

my fav holiday memory is we used to go over the grandparents house every year christmas day, they’re gone now and I miss them

Cynthia W December 25, 2009 at 1:52 am

My favorite memory is my father dressing up as Santa Claus every year. We knew it was him, but he still did it just for fun.

Cynthia W December 25, 2009 at 1:58 am

My favorite memory is my father dressing up as Santa Claus.

JMARIE December 25, 2009 at 3:21 am

My favrite holiday memory is when I was six & we got into a huge family snowball fight..it waws so much fun….Thanks for the giveaway!

Letessha December 25, 2009 at 3:55 am

Watch for sales and then stock-up on the things you use a lot.
Coupons are good too.

Letessha December 25, 2009 at 3:56 am

i’m an email subscriber.

DARRYL KREGGER December 25, 2009 at 4:45 am

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES ARE WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND ALL THE FAMILY GOT TOGETHER AND WE HAD MANY GIFTS TO OPEN AND CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES. MY GRAMPA BUILT A GOCART FOR ME AND MY BROTHER AND EVEN THOUGH HE WAS OLD ,, HE GOT IN IT AND PUT HIS BALL CAP ON BACKWARDS AND MADE SILLY FACE LIKE A CRAZY DRIVER AND ME AND MY BROTHER PUSHED HIM DOWN THE STREET

Donna K December 25, 2009 at 5:21 am
Donna K December 25, 2009 at 5:22 am

I subscribed by email.

joni December 25, 2009 at 6:27 am

My favorite holiday memory was when I received a little electric organ as a child.

Linda Fish December 25, 2009 at 6:52 am

My money saving tip is for presents, shop clearance items year round and save for gifts

Timbo December 25, 2009 at 7:08 am

The absolute best tip I have for saving money is to simply not spend it.

Instead for the holidays, try MAKEing something that you know your loved ones will like. Write something, draw something, it’s up to you :)

Timbo December 25, 2009 at 7:09 am
Timbo December 25, 2009 at 7:10 am
Irene December 25, 2009 at 7:47 am

My favorite holiday memory is watching my daughter open her first dollhouse.

Karen Mead December 25, 2009 at 8:01 am

My favorite holiday memory is going to my grandma’s house every year for Christmas. She always got us the one big thing we wanted that our parent’s didn’t get. She made lots of food and it was a wonderful day every year. I miss it very much.

Tracey Byram December 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

I save money by shopping with sale ads and coupons.

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