Grandmother Charges Family £35 Each For Christmas Dinner And Makes £120 Profit
A grandmother is charging her family members £35 ($45) each for Christmas dinner this year.
Hayley Garbutt, from Filey, North Yorkshire, decided to ask for payment after finding herself catering for more and more people.
But rather than just asking them to cover the cost of their own meal, the 52-year-old will make a tidy profit this year. That's because she has taken in £420 ($540) from 12 family members, but has only spent £300 ($390) on the shopping.
She says it has allowed her to cater for everyone's specific needs and make this year's dinner that little bit more special, using the surplus cash to go all out.
Hayley, an end of life carer, said: "I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop. This year I spent £300 online at Morrisons, doing the big shop and making sure I had a variety of things in.
"But it's not that I'm being tight - it means I get to spend more in other aspects then too, like presents. This year the tree has so many presents stacked around it, that you can't even see it.
"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. On the actual day, I have my daughters Lucy 26, and Zola, 33 coming and my son Luke, 27.
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"They're all bringing their partners, and Zola's kids are coming too - Ella, 13, Ashton, 11, Dawson, seven and Summer Rose, three, and we've got another one on the way too."
She added: "I'll lay their Christmas meal out like a buffet and make sure everything that they request is there.
"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."
But it's not just about the grub, oh no. Hayley makes sure everyone is kept entertained during their visit.
After carrying out her usual shift as an end of life carer in the day, she gets in the party spirit - dressing up as an elf or reindeer.
She said: "Christmas is such an important time of year for me, I love to see the kids open their presents, and love being close to all my family.
"In truth, I'd probably say my family are spoilt at Christmas - but that's part of the fun of it."
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