4 Affordable Christmas Dishes

November 26, 2018 | By Mason Roberts

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and slowly stealing from our wallets. We all know that Christmas is one of the most expensive holidays of the year. We have to buy presents, a Christmas tree, and also decorations. Through all of these purchases, we also have to save money to throw our family a nice Christmas dinner. This is yet another expense for the holidays that can really add up. But how are we supposed to afford it all? Here are 4 budget-friendly courses for your Christmas dinner.

Holiday Ham

If you have a big family and need to feed a large amount of people on a small budget, a ham is the perfect meal. A sixteen-pound ham can feed about 18-20 people. The average ham costs about $16.00, and can be paired with man different affordable sides. This dish requires minimal cooking skills and will pretty much take care of itself once it is in the oven.

Green Bean Casserole

This dish is one of the classics usually served for Thanksgiving. It's cheap, easy to make, and most importantly, delicious. All you need are 2 cans of green beans, a can of cream of mushroom soup, a container of French’s fried onions, and some whole milk. These ingredients together should only cost you roughly $6.00. This dish can even be paired with your holiday ham.

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

This meaty, juicy pork is both easy to cook, and very affordable. It is typically sold at about $1.26 per pound. A six-pound ham should be sufficient for a party of ten. This puts your pork shoulder at roughly $7.56, which is a decent price for a large party of people. Once it's seasoned and the oven has been preheated to 350 degrees, you can cook it for about 3-4 hours. This will ensure the meat is nice and tender.

Crescent Rolls

There’s nothing like a nice biscuit on a cold winter day. But homemade biscuits can cost more money and take more time than store-bought. Crescent rolls will give you that buttery homemade flavor for only $2.29. They don't even need to be seasoned or prepped. You can toss them right onto a baking sheet and put them into the oven.

You may realize that you still do not have the money, even with these savings, to afford the nice Christmas dinner that you have planned, but never fear! One option is to look into payday loans. A payday loan will put a few extra bucks into your wallet while preventing you from debt. You can also use some of this money for your other Christmas expenses as well. Happy holidays and happy savings!