I recently assisted a young military couple, Chelsea and Dion Kirton, who wanted to stick to their $50 limit, didn't want a lot of leftovers, didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and wanted to keep all the preparation as simple and easy as possible.
Our menu consisted of:
Total cost: $48.06 plus 5% surcharge of $2.40 = grand total of $50.46
We used ingredients such as milk, butter and spices the couple already had on hand. A $4 coupon they had for the ham allowed us to purchase the ready-to-serve pies, which saved a lot of preparation time. And, we used leaves harvested from the celery, along with two apples and a lemon the couple had on hand to garnish the meat platters.
To make sure both the ham and turkey were ready at the same time, we roasted the turkey breast in the oven, but cooked the ham in the slow cooker. It worked like a charm!
Lots of people spend a whole lot more, but that is usually attributed to buying more than is actually needed, and purchasing several extras that happen to be among that shopper's holiday favorites. Adding favorites is absolutely fine, and your commissary has stocked just about any holiday favorite imaginable. However, if sticking to a budget is top priority, shop with a detailed list, and purchase only what you need.
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