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

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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.

  • What a gorgeous family. Well done to Krechelle for sticking to her budget and coming up with such a delicious Christmas feast.


  • Why do you need to put butter in gravy? First time I have ever heard of that. There would be enough fat in the meat juices. I don’t think we need to add more. You can save a lot if you stick to vegetables (and fruit) in season. We don’t have cherries. They are expensive and 1/2 of the weight is the stones anyway. Some of our family don’t like them anyway. Non-perishable or frozen items you can buy sooner if they are sold as specials.


  • Cater for x per person ie. 4 pre dinner nibbles, Entrée 3 scallops, Main 6 king prawns, provide a large salad platter, some sliced ham to go with the salad, and a cheese platter with crackers and lots of fresh fruit. This might sound paltry, but it works and everyone is full and wants no more. When you do this you don’t spend more than you can afford and there is no waste so empty bins and less landfill.


  • Top tip – take advantage of fly buys and rewards points to make Christmas cheaper and easier


  • all great ideas


  • Great ideas. We are extremely good at sticking to a strict grocery budget during the year so that we are able to spend a little extra on special occasions. You could really make this even cheaper by making everything from scratch and having heaps of leftovers for the next day (such as the bread rolls, pavlova). I also like to stock up in the weeks before on things to add to the day (baking items to do christmas cookies and/or desserts and drinks).


  • Great ideas
    I keep it to the basics so I don’t waste anything. Buy the non perishable itemd ahead of time


  • Great ideas for the budget conscious


  • Some great ideas for big families.


  • Why should one household have to do everything? The best thing is everyone contributing a dish, sharing the workload and cost. And keeping it simple to avoid too many leftovers or wastage


  • Good advise for people who have a lot of mouths to feed.


  • Great tips. Wish I had seen this sooner as I’m hosting this year. Half price pav and turkey would have saved me a fortune


  • I remember this article from last year. I have already bought a Pavlova base. :-)


  • Some great hints here for big families or crowds. be handy for this year as our family of eight becomes even bigger with partners and other family.


  • Great tips for a cheaper meal.


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