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

by Melanie Edwards on December 23, 2009 · 335 comments

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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:

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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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Cheryl W December 25, 2009 at 8:58 am

My favorite memory is waking up at 4am with my brother and trying to sneak to see what was under the tree. My mom always caught us and told us to go back to bed until 6am!

Valerie Furr December 25, 2009 at 9:44 am

My husband loves The Christmas Story and always watches it every over and over so one year my two girls got him a 25th
addition Red Ryder BB Gun and hid it behind the chair and told
him there was one gift left for him. He went to get it and he just loved it and they told him not to shoot his eye out. It wa such a fun Christmas I will never forget.

Kristie December 25, 2009 at 9:47 am

My money saving tip is that I use Sales papers ALOT during the holidays and make sure to try to buy all my gifts on sale.

Reveille Patterson December 25, 2009 at 9:51 am

Our first Christmas in a new home when my daughter was 4 is my best Christmas memory. She woke up that morning and came in to tell me to get up because Santa had come. Her little face was so full of awe as she stood there looking at her gifts clutching her teddy bear. She was not tearing into her gifts, just talking softly telling me what she saw. Beautiful!

g. l. penrod December 25, 2009 at 9:54 am

my tip for saving money is shop with coupons whrn items are on sale and buy ahead so you never have to pay full price also shop sales racks

sammi richardson December 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

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

Erica C. December 25, 2009 at 9:59 am

My favorite holiday moment is ice skating with the family every year. It’s great!

Erma December 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

My tip is to always shop sales and use coupons.

lisa p December 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

Money saving tip use coupons when ever possible

Heather S December 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

My money saving tip is to sign up for emails from your favorite store so you know the sales also use coupons whenever you can.

Bacallsmom December 25, 2009 at 11:24 am

My money-saving tip is to make a list before I go to the store–and stick to it! I sometimes give in and buy and impulse item; but I know if half the stuff in my cart is impulse items, I am in for a rude surprise at the checkout!

Bacallsmom December 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

Subscribed by e-mail. :-)

Deborah Wellenstein December 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

We have a musical family, and every Christmas Eve we would all get together and sing and play Christmas music. Thanks!

Craig Johnson December 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm

pay for everything with cash – NO CREDIT CARDS!!

Pat December 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm

My favourite holiday memory is the annual celebration with extended family. One of the adult guests always dressed as Santa and circled the outside of the house, knocking on windows and exciting the kids. Then he would come in the front door with a bag of presents for everybody. He would greet and take pics with us all and then go back out the front door to go home to the North Pole. It was like Santa had been invited to the party and it was much more fun than meeting a mall Santa, even if we could all guess which of our relatives was underneath the costume.

amber December 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

My fav holiday tradition is making cocoa on Christmas Eve and watching holiday movies! :) Merry Christmas!

Sharon Harmon December 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

My favorite holiday memory was when my cousin had the whole family over for Christmas dinner. She had put the thawing turkey on a high shelf in the garage to finish thawing. At bedtime, she put the BIG dog in the garage as usual. Christmas morning, she opened the door to the garage and there were shreds of plastic and pieces of bones all over the floor! The dog had gotten to the turkey and ate it up! lol! So there was no turkey for dinner, but we did have the fixin’s! lol!

Suzanne K December 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

One of my favorite memories is of an earlier Christmas with my daughter. Pocahontas was ‘the video’ at that point, and she was crazy about Meeko the raccoon. We got her a huge stuffed Meeko and she spent the day carrying it around – hilarious because it was at least as big as she was!

Sharon R December 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm

My money saving tip is to always clip coupons and watch the local sale papers to get the best deal.

Sharon R December 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Sharon R December 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Subscribe via e-mail.

Alicia December 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

My favorite Christmas memory is of the family gatherings on Christmas Eve at my grandparents house.

Deci Worland-MacKinnon December 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

My favorite memory is watching my son’s face at his first Christmas.

Bobbie Cole December 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

My favorite holiday memory is my first christmas that I shared with my boyfriend.

Geoff K December 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm

My favorite holiday memory would have to be going to my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve each year and falling asleep with my sister on the living room floor under the tree listening to Barbra Streisand’s Christmas album as the adults talked and ate in the next room — and being woken up by my parents when it was time to go home and wait for Santa. Those were simple times, and I love those memories!

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