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Grandmother makes $225 profit off Christmas dinner by charging guest

Christmas feast, and UK grandmother who charges per head to attend Christmas dinner
(Source: Getty, Caters News Agency via The Sun)

By now, your household is dusting Christmas off and making its way through leftovers from the Christmas feast.

It probably wasn’t a cheap affair, with 2018 figures from Finder estimating that Aussies spend $122 per person on food during Christmas.

However, one savvy grandmother has turned Christmas dinner into a profit by charging her guests for the privilege of attending her lavish feast.

UK grandmother Hayley Garbutt created a Christmas tradition of charging for dinner after she found herself catering for more and more people every year, The Sun reported.

And it’s not your average feast: the extravagant Christmas meal offers an abundant selection of food to choose from.

This year, expecting to cater for 12 people, the price per head was upped to £35 per person (AU $65.50), giving the grandmother of four £420 to play with.

But she found she had in fact turned a profit as she only spent £300, which she said still allowed for everyone to indulge.

(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)
(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)

“I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop,” said the 52-year-old woman.

She also spends the money on other things such as presents which are in a stack so high that you can barely see the Christmas tree.

(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)
(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)

"My fridge is absolutely packed and I've got all sorts of different meats in, from beef, to turkey, pork and chicken.

"I've got champagne for Christmas day and all the fizzy drinks for the kids,” she said.

(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)
(Source: Caters News Agency via The Sun)

The feast will cater for her daughters Lucy (26), Zola (33) and son Luke (27).

But their partners will be attending too, as will their children – but she’s having a few of her friends over, too.

"I'll lay their Christmas meal out like a buffet and make sure everything that they request is there,” Garbutt said.

"It's going to be the full works, and nobody leaves until really late, as in the evening I get more guests coming too.

"I'll wash up and I'll clean but I'll make sure there's everything from King prawns, to pizza, to homemade quiches."

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