Easter Dinner for cheap

You don’t have to skimp on your holiday meal to save some cash. Ham, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, and dessert all for under five dollars a person.

Joyce McGarry is a food expert at MSU and tells us how it’s possible. We’ll start with the main dish — a traditional Easter ham.

“What we suggest is looking for the best bargains, the lowest price per pound,’ she said. “The ones that don’t come with the glaze packet. The ones without the bone.”

That’s right — the bone and glaze are factored into the weight and could cost you a pretty penny.

“You’re talking about $4.99 per pound compared to Spartan boneless ham at $1.99 per pound.”

A 60% savings. If ham is still too pricey, McGarry says start a new tradition and buy chicken or turkey to save money. The meat will cost you about $2 per person.

So now that we’ve got the main dish, how about the side dishes? We start with potatoes. McGarry says don’t buy the boxed version.

“They’re not going to be as cost effective for a large group of people.”

You can get 10 pounds of fresh potatoes for about five bucks — plenty for a large party and only $0.50 per guest. And then there are the veggies.

McGarry recommends cans.

“This time of year they’re a really good price compared to what fresh would be because they’re not in season right now.”

A can of corn or green beans will run you a buck and serve four people. Add $0.25 to the tally.

Buy frozen dough for dinner rolls instead of the packaged ones. That’s another $0.25 per person.

Finally, we get to dessert. Don’t buy a $17 sheet cake made at the bakery. Make it from scratch for only a few dollars. Tack that onto our bill and you can feed your family for about $4 with a little planning.

“You can make those substitutions and still have an enjoyable meal.”

An enjoyable meal that won’t break the bank.


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