Easter dinner on a budget

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News Leader Nine is always looking for ways to save you money and we have an early Easter treat. We hit the streets to bring you the cheapest Easter dinner for you and your family.

Everyone's going to be spending a lot this Easter, but we wanted to help you feed a family of five for $5 each. So we hit the grocery store to find some deals.

The managers at Wal-Mart are promoting their Easter dinner items because they understand that it's hard to entertain when times are tough.

Co-manager, Rebecca Casey said, "We want to take care of our families and make sure they have Easter dinner at a low price."

Our menu also includes ham, rolls, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cake! Our first stop is to find the main course. After price comparing, the cheapest we found was $2.50 per pound for a ham. Now on to the side dishes. To save money, don't buy fresh green beans. The canned beans taste just the same and they cost less.

We picked up our canned goods and some instant mashed potatoes at dollar stores in the area. You don't have to buy everything at chain stores. Some smaller discount stores sell the same stuff for half the price. We got canned goods for less and potatoes for half the price.

Here's a tip: if you're making deviled eggs, go ahead and buy the dozen, but don't use them all. Save a couple for a cake.

It's time to hit the register. Our goal is to spend around $5 per person. Our plan is to feed quite a few people and the bulk of our meal cost a little more than 20 bucks.

But we aren't the only money-saving customers. "We've had soldiers coming in at the last minute and some wives tells us how great it is to have low prices because they have unexpected guests coming in and it saves them money and they're really excited," added Casey.

Our entire shopping trip cost us just $33 and will probably feed 8-10 people!



Cook at 375 degrees for ten minutes for every pound.

Green Bean Casserole

Combine 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 cup of milk in a baking dish

Stir in 2 cans of drained green beans and 1 cup of French fried onions

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove dish, cover with remaining onions and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Deviled Eggs

Boil, peel and slice eggs in half

Combine: all yolks, 4 ounces cream cheese, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon sugar

Spoon mixture into plastic bag, cut out a corner, and fill egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika

Applesauce Cake

Beat: ½ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup applesauce

Mix in 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees

Frosting optional