Christmas Dinner Under $40? Notsomuch.

Walmart often challenges us Moms to do meals and projects within a specific budget. Most of the time, I’m able to complete the task either at or under budget. This time? Notsomuch.

Walmart challenged us to make a Christmas meal for $40 or less. This year, however, we’re going to have a bit of a crowd for Christmas dinner. My stepsons will be here from Florida, and now that my brother-in-law and his family live nearby, they’ll likely stop by for a plate as well. And did I mention that we plan to make a turkey? To feed at least nine people and last for the weekend (so we don’t have to cook for a few days)? Yeah. There’s that.

Finding a turkey was the easy part. We found a beautiful 20 lb., hormone-free Butterball bird that we’ll season and stuff to our heart’s content. The problem? The turkey alone cost $26.64 — so there goes our budget.

Some of the fixins to go with the turkey will come from items we already have in our kitchen, like elbow macaroni. However, I still had to buy cheese to go with it, along with a long list of other items:

  • White rice
  • Recaito & Sofrito (blended peppers and other seasonings, by Goya)
  • Capers
  • Another type of Goya seasoning
  • Rolls
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Beets
  • A few bottles of apple and grape cider
  • Pineapple, orange & guava juices, along with cream of coconut (to make my holiday punch)

I also have to make enough of all these things to feed a lot of people — which means 2 large bottles of punch, 2 pans of macaroni, a large pot of rice… You get the idea. I’m sorry to say that I went quite a bit over budget this time. By the time I was done, I had spent $60 just on stuff for Christmas dinner (though I did pick up some other grocery items during the same trip).

The verdict? If I’d had to feed only myself, my hubby and daughter — our typical small household — I have no doubt I would have come in under budget, since I would have been able to buy a much smaller turkey (or even a cornish hen) and spend less on the sides, drinks, cider, etc. But for 9 folks? Maybe with coupons — which I completely failed at clipping — but not at regular prices.

Sorry 🙁

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing my under-$40 Christmas dinner efforts with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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