Most of us know that preparing a big feast can be expensive. But what if we told you that there’s a way to do it on the cheap? Rebecca Chobat, a stepmother from Virginia, has shared how she made a Christmas dinner for just $20.50 in a now-viral TikTok series. The six-course meal is able to feed up to six people, Chobat says.
In her videos, she documents every element of the meal preparation, even taking her followers along as she picks up ingredients. The dinner includes a pull-apart spinach dip, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pan-fried honey ham, stuffing, and a fruit cobbler.
So if you’re looking for a way to feed your family without breaking the bank, then it’s worth taking some tips from Chobat. She proves that with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can whip up a holiday feast for everyone to enjoy – all while keeping costs down!
For those on a budget this season, be sure to check out Rebecca Chobat’s tips and tricks for getting a delicious meal on the table without breaking the bank. Who knows – you may even find yourself with a few extra dollars to add something special to your holiday spread!
The resourceful stepmother from Virginia shopped at Dollar Tree for her Christmas dinner and spent just $20.50 on all the food, including sales tax. Her TikTok video series has racked up more than 1.6 million views at the time of this writing.
Chobat started shopping at Dollar Tree last year to save even more money on her family’s groceries. She has been saving so much money shopping at the dollar store that she began sharing tips and tricks on TikTok with her more than 600,000 followers on her account DollarTreeDinners.
In order to maximize the value, Chobat follows certain rules while shopping.
“The guidelines I follow when shopping for these types of videos is that I only visit one Dollar Tree, and I only buy what’s available on that day at that specific store,” she said. “The only items I can use from home are oil, salt, and pepper.”
According to Daily Mail, Chobat purchased the following items from her local Virginia Dollar Tree: “stuffing mix, fried onions, frozen green beans, cream of mushroom soup, two bags of mashed potatoes, two packages of honey ham, frozen berry and banana mix, banana nut muffin mix, frozen spinach, cream cheese, mozzarella, homestyle biscuit mix, chicken broth, and a tub of Cool Whip.”
When budget shopping, Chobat focuses on the price per meal rather than the price per ounce.
“I have this mindset that buying something in bulk isn’t always cheaper. It can be a lower cost per ounce, but if buying more results in using more or wasting more, then it doesn’t really save any money,” she told DailyMail.com.
She added, “Dollar Tree isn’t always the cheapest option, but sometimes it’s better than taking extra time and gas to go shopping at multiple stores, and the fixed pricing structure can really help people get more variety for their money.”
What do you think about this woman’s budget Christmas dinner?