Krechelle Carter, mum of six, and blogger at eight at home has proved families on a tight budget can still enjoy a fancy dinner at an affordable price.
The 27-year-old said making everything from scratch has seen the cost of meals come to just $6 per head.
She reveals her tips to help you prepare a delicious feast on December 25 without breaking the bank to celebrate the festive season.
How many of you are about to blow the budget for your Christmast feast….. I’ve done it before…. Absolutely guilty! But in this weeks Womans day I talk about How to budget Christmas dinner; dessert, salads and all at just $6 a head! Go out and get yourself a copy Just me and my crazy clan! In @womansdayaus they’ve been so amazing to me and my little fam bam! Looking forward to the next few weeks and the rest of the articles to come! I hope you enjoy them all! I’ve loved creating them, it’s just me and my truths and I’ve been so proud to put these pieces together and that my beautiful editors have just kept me as me ☺️ So on that note ?! What are your top budget tips around Christmas time??! Hope your having a beautiful Tuesday! Krechelle xx • • • • • • #mumlife #mommyblogger #adelaideloves #blogging #largefamilylife #instamom #motherhoodrising #realtalk #weightloss #inspiration #adelaide #photography #family #budgetfood #budget #bekind #hustle #mumswithhustle #australia #Christmas #weightlossjourney #mumblog #blog #adelaideblogger #newborn #firstborn #memories #love #momtruth #columnist
Buying meat for Christmas can be expensive – but buying cheap doesn’t mean poor quality.
Speaking to Woman’s Day, the mother revealed how shopping well in advance for raw meat, including chicken and turkey, can slash your grocery bill by half.
Krechelle recommends keeping a look out for reduced items you would normally buy for the Christmas dinner.
Toss root vegetables in a tray, drizzle olive oil and fresh herbs. Let it bake away in the oven for 45 minutes – before adding broccoli to the mix in the last 15 minutes.
By adding some vegetable stock to the bottom of the tray, this would prevent the roast vegetables from drying out.
A bag of carrots, half a pumpkin and onions are extremely cheap to buy from the supermarket – and the best part? It’s quick and easy to prepare on the day.
With potatoes wrap them in foil after spraying with oil and seasoning them with salt and pepper.
The spuds are baked in the oven for one hour – before topping with butter, onions and sour cream.
Enjoying fresh bread straight from the oven shouldn’t have to take up most of your cooking time in the kitchen to prepare.
Buy the ‘bake your own in five minutes’ bread rolls, which comes in a pack of 12 for just $3.
After roasting meats and vegetables in the oven, grab the delicious juices from the trays.
Top it with some water, butter, fresh herbs, garlic and some flour – and just cook it over the stove until your sauce thickens.
A simple salad she prepares includes baby spinach, Danish feta and walnuts – before drizzling with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.
Buy the pre-made bases when they go on special for half price.
Add the pavlova bases with whipped cream, frozen berries and passionfruit pulp.
Share your top tips for Christmas on a budget below.