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Christmas Dinner

Just sayin’, Edmonton:

I just got back from Walmart. This is what I bought:

1 10lb turkey – $10 ( up to 15 lbs were $15 just fyi)
2 boxes Stovetop Stuffing – $0.76/each = $1.52
2 Boxes mashed potatoes – $1.50/each
1 box chicken stock – $2.00
1 Bag frozen mixed veggies – $2.00

Total Cost for a full meal = $18.52 Before Tax

I am feeding my family of 4 a Christmas dinner for under 20 dollars. You could save 2 dollars a month all year and afford Christmas dinner. It is really offensive to me, as a low income person when I read posts about other low income families on social assistance etc claiming they can’t afford Christmas. It makes the rest of us who can manage our money and spend responsibly look terrible. We are a family of 4 one one part time income and social assistance. We didn’t even sign up for a hamper. Give me a break.

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  1. Good for you. This makes me happy to see you post this.. Merry Christmas

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  2. Ulani Storm Ulani Storm says:

    Congrats on not having any financial emergancys you had to put before Christmas this year want a cookie?

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  3. Well la dee fucking da… did you get an award too? Well let’s just cancel hampers and SA because you can do it so everyone who offends you can too!
    FFS everyone’s situation is different. Emergencies happen, people get sick, lose their jobs etc. Give me a break. To bad you couldn’t buy some compassion with your part time job and income support.

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    • Bobby Sam Bobby Sam says:

      wow, Jodi you are certainly a nasty person.

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    • Nicole Keats Nicole Keats says:

      I second Bobby.

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    • Bobby Sam Really? Her post literally asks for OP to be compassionate about other peoples lives.

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    • They want the people using the services to give THEM a break because it makes the poster look bad and I’m nasty??? Lol if only you knew how much time and resources I’ve given to help the people they’re complaining about. This isn’t a humblebrag, you can’t humblebrag from a pedestal…

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      People on welfare working pt are in NO POSITION to lecture WORKING PARENTS needing help. AT ALL.

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    • Wow Jodi Costello, how rude are you! The OP is simply stating that buying fool for a Christmas meal can be done, even on a low income. Why is it that people have to see the negative side or choose to respond in a negative manner? Why not congratulate the OP for a job well done.

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    • No they’re stating other people with different circumstances are making them look bad and they want those people to give them a break. Like I said, not a humblebrag at all. More like they can do it so what’s everyone whining about… the first half of the post was great but I’m not going to congratulate someone for crapping on other people. Maybe if they didn’t post negatively I wouldn’t have responded as such. I certainly wouldn’t have this opinion if it was a positive post.

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    • Ian Young Ian Young says:

      Jodi Costello You are right, a lot of medications are not covered, they can run in the $100, The OP is bragging how thrifty she can be, wow some are missing limbs and cannot cook, walk, the OP is putting the stigma back, your not nasty at all, the opposite!

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    • Holy crap… have a bit too much cunt-flakes for breakfast??

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    • Holy, how nasty and disrespectful your words are! Shame on you young lady. Whatever the burr that’s up your ass~ don’t take it out on the OP.
      Now Go To Your Room!

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    • Jodi Costello Actually the OP’s Post is Positive ~
      Reread again!
      You totally missed what it was all about.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      Positive, I’m on welfare and don’t work…..that’s positive????? Ok bud.

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    • Lmao who are you to tell me to go to my room? Clearly no one cares about who the OP is snubbing their nose at. Positive? Maybe the first half till they say “give me a break” as if they’re all using excuses. Sure it’s positive she can afford a dinner but shaming others just because they did it? Please… I know a few people in pretty desperate situations because of unplanned life events and I’m supposed to be ok with the OP shaming them? I don’t think so

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    • Ian Young this is exactly my point and thank you for seeing it. There are so many people going through and dealing with so much and the OP does nothing but add to the stigma. It’s great they can get a meal but I’ve seen some real suffering where people rely on programs because they have nothing else and it’s not their fault. Generalizing doesn’t help those people at all.

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  4. Working or and in assistance. Wow life must be fucking rough

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  5. Kayla Setter Kayla Setter says:

    Perhaps the people asking for help had financial emergencies or really couldn’t spare that extra $2 a month let alone $20 at Christmas time. Christmas is a time for helping those in need maybe don’t assume that people are just looking for a hand out.

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  6. People can be so rude and nasty where’s the Christmas happiness

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  7. Okay i get that this post was a little sharp around the edges but back off, the OP is making a really good point here.
    You dont need tons of money to celebrate the season with your family. The op didnt mention gifts, or anything extra. Just a simple christmas dinner that is absolutely affordable.

    Good on you OP, i appreciate what you were trying to get across.

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  8. Debbie Ward Debbie Ward says:

    Please people, just be KIND!!!! It really isn’t that hard.

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  9. I’ve alway maintained if you learn how to stretch a dollar and know how to cook, a person can stretch that dollar mighty fine to feed your family. Been there – done that when I had a young family – now I’m a senior doing it again.
    As for the poster – kudos to you and merry xmas

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  10. While I commend you for doing it yourself there are some that work the system. They get everything handed to them at this time of year. People whine and others will open their wallets. I used to do all the charities at some point and I had to stop. Quit smoking quit drinking cut the cell phones and you would be amazed at what you have left to support your own family. People have to make hard decisions sometimes. Be grateful for what you have not by what others give you

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  11. Dave Valente Dave Valente says:

    I can’t even make a regular Monday supper for that lol

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  12. haha all you clappers system users? I think welfare should be more strict. 6 months tops and they have to find a job for the other 6 months …

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  13. Blair Becker Blair Becker says:

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  14. What is a box of mashed potatoes?

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  15. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    She’s on welfare….lmfao

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  16. Lori Balmer Lori Balmer says:

    Cee Dee Hawn I’m sorry so am I but I’m on Aish ,and cannot work ,there are people on welfare that are legit but there are also ones that are using it because of laziness

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  17. Ignorance and rudeness abounds on here. Say something kind or just shut it. Merry Christmas!

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  18. Trish Down Trish Down says:

    Um…I had to keep my lights on, pay my rent/insurance/phone…I have enough for a jug of milk and a loaf of bread. (I will not getting paid for 4 days where no one will work for my employer during holidays) I also paid back a friend who helped me earlier this month with a gift for my daughter. After all is said and done, there’s nothing left. No turkey, potatoes, stuffing or any of the other delicious fixings. I will also be sans family this year. I’m ok, not great, but ok. Still I give thanks for what I have.
    It’s not as easy as that for so many people. This is a time of year for kindness…not judgement. I hope you enjoy your dinner as much as you did shaming people who may just be worse off than you. Merry Christmas. I hope your humanity finds you this holiday season.

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  19. After you cook it, look to see the injection holes around the breast,.

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  20. Ina MacLeod Ina MacLeod says:

    Good for you! I applaud your self reliance – many could learn from this.

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  21. Sorry but those boxed potatoes are disgusting lol

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  22. Another story – one Xmas I and my child was staying with my sister because I didn’t have a place at the time and at that time we were on social assistance. That Xmas all the children came down with chicken pox (one ended up in the hospital because it went down her throats and was heading to her lungs). One night we were getting the kids ready for bed when there was a knock on the door. It was a bunch of CGIT girls and group leaders from Knox United Church with two large boxes – one filled with groceries – the other with toys. We did not apply anywhere for hampers because we felt we had all what we needed for Xmas – including gifts. We said there must be a mistake and they said no it wasnt, someone phoned the church and said we may need some help. To make a long story short, we told them we appreciated the foods and gifts. The girls played with the kids and sang carols. The girls shooed us into the kitchen with the group leaders to have coffee and just to talk. The girls finished putting the kids to bed for us at the end of the evening. It was the first time we got to relax for a couple of hours since the kids got sick.
    We celebrated Xmas after New Years when all the kids were recovered from their chicken pox. We appreciated the thoughtfulness these girls and their group leaders. Despite the kids being sick, it was a very memorable Xmas that this group just made it a lot better for us.

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  23. bah humbug ebenezer scrooge

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  24. Another good idea is every month if you can afford it, buy a gift card to your favorite grocery store and stores like Walmart. Save them for Christmas and make the season a little easier. Plus, if you have a really bad month or unexpected expense you can use the cards for necessities during the year. When I was struggling I would do $10-$25 every month. If I made it to December I has an extra $120-$250 for food and gifts

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  25. Sue Dubya Sue Dubya says:

    Wow, so much hate and negativity on this thread.
    Congratulations, OP for being able to put together a nice Christmas dinner while facing adverse situations in your life. It appears you’re trying your best to take a negative situation and make it as positive as possible for your family. Merry Christmas, OP. I hope you enjoy more small successes like this one next year.

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  26. Ulani Storm Ulani Storm says:

    To be fair the stuffing is namebrand but still bland as shit so doesn’t make a difference really

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  27. Jo Sandra Jo Sandra says:

    I think this is perfect and to the point. Anyone dissing this is ungrateful and horrible.

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  28. Linda Riley Linda Riley says:

    She is saying less than 20 bucks…. less than 2 packs of smokes… or a bottle of booze.

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  29. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    Oh shut up, I am so sick of these “I am great and you are scurvy” posts… I am glad I’m not one of the other 3 at your table, you probably float around gloating about boxed potatoes and stuffing and how glorious you are for adding water! Smh

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  30. For an extra 2 bucks, they could have gotten a bag of actual potatos

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  31. And for 3 extra $ some poultry seasoning for a rub

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  32. And at save on with 1000 points you can get a free 10 lbs bag of potatoes

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  33. Lori Balmer Lori Balmer says:

    Maja Black nope can’t ,and I don’t my son does

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  34. Maybe they have spices ect. Theyre stating what they bought. Not how they cooked it. Jesus christ. People sure have ugly personalities on here.

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  35. I’m so glad we’re all in a season of good will.

    10 bucks for a ten pound turkey, my arse.

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  36. Penny Stout Penny Stout says:

    No cranberry sauce?? 🙂

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  37. Julie Cooper Julie Cooper says:

    Not everyone unfortunately is as forward thinking as you. I received applications for Christmas Bureau and Santa’s Anonymous one year and was offended LOL that someone thought I wouldn’t be able to take care of this on my own. However, my now husband has continually reminded that not everyone thinks like I do – that my expectations of others may be too high and when I finally decided to think on this – ya, not everyone is thinking like me – and maybe happier because they aren’t using a measuring stick against what I would do all the time – just my 2 sense

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  38. Assuming all low income people are in the same boat as you is incredibly arrogant. Having said that Merry Christmas.

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